Lemon Mustard Broccoli and Cauliflower with Chives

If someone was to ask you, what changes have you made, in the past few years, I doubt you would say, I eat more fresh broccoli and cauliflower.  I would say just that or at least, I would mention fresh vegetables.  A change in the foods we eat, calls for an adjustment in recipes, meaning fun for me. 

I enjoy my time in the kitchen and it is more like play time than work.  While there are steps that can be tedious, I find that the idea of putting new foods together in a variety of ways, is pure pleasure.  There was a time, I avoided dicing and slicing and threw vegetables into a pot, whole.  It seemed to be easier.  Now, I can't understand it.  That is plain boring.  Shredded cheese came in a package and while I still keep a package of shredded Mexican cheese, on hand, I love to shred and watch the delicate strands float onto the surface below.

I am still not a patient cook and like to see the results appear relatively quickly but as long as I taking steps that are pleasant, I can wait it out.

As a result, I find new recipes, exciting to make, even ones as simple as this one.
 Lemon Mustard Broccoli and Cauliflower (with chives from the garden) (adapted from Epicurious)


1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
2 cups cauliflower, trimmed, cut into florets
2 cups broccoli,  cut into florets 

salt and pepper to taste


 Mix  olive oil, mustard and lemon peel in small bowl. Mix in ­  chives. Season with salt and pepper.

Microwave cauliflower covered with hot water for 1 minute.  Add broccoli and microwave for another minute.

Combine lemon-mustard mixture and vegetables in large pot. Toss gently over medium heat until vegetables are heated through and coated with butter mixture, about 5 minutes. Transfer to bowl. Sprinkle with additional chives.


  1. Oooh, I was looking for a new way to do cauliflower - and here it is. thank you.
    Have a lovely day

  2. That looks delicious, Chaya! I usually do the same thing with cauliflower...I can't wait to try it:)

  3. Chaya - I love your cooking. Easy-to-make and you use a lot of vegetables - just perfect for me.
    I love this dish

  4. Thank you for linking this delicious dish with See Ya In the Gumbo. The lemony-mustard sauce sounds terrific for broccoli & cauliflower.


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