Leftover Cauliflower Leaves

Don't throw away those cauliflower leaves or stalks! They make an excellent side dish or snack. During my cookery lessons, this is one thing that I always demonstrate to my pupils. It's so easy and beyond delicious. Give them a try!


The leaves and stalks of a cauliflower (minus the very hard bottom bit, which can't be used)

2 tsp rapeseed oil

1 clove garlic, minced 

1 tsp cumin/hemp/coriander/fennel seeds

sea salt

Black pepper 


  • Chop the cauliflower stems and leaves into rough pieces.

  • In a dry non-stick frying pan, heat whichever seeds you are using until you hear them begin to pop. Take them off the heat immediately and transfer to a bowl.

  • In the same pan, heat the oil and add the chopped leaves and garlic. Stir fry for a few minutes.

  • Add the seeds, a grind of black pepper and a pinch of sea salt.

Wonderful morning teaching three lovely