Inspired by our recent visit to Kazbah in Balmain, this Grilled Cauliflower dish is an absolute stunner and probably one that I would go back for every time. My healthied up version of the Arnabeet requires no deep frying and is served with a little pomegranate flavour pop.
We’ve recently taken up the hobby of brunching on weekends. I guess it’s part of our eat well 90 per cent of the time, indulge in the other 10. Matt calls it his 80/20. You get the idea, right? But I digress.
Sydney has so much to offer in terms of diversity of flavours, eating styles and weekend indulgences. We’ve decided that confining ourselves to the four corners of our kitchen on weekends, while comfortable because we can enjoy breaky in PJs, is not really a food explorers’ agenda. The kids have been having fun with it too – Zac recently discovered he actually likes eggs now, and there isn’t much he doesn’t like.
Every other weekend we treat ourselves to a little drive and a brunch date, just the two of us. Just before Matt left for the US two weeks ago we decided to take up the invitation to Kazbah and visit their Balmain restuarant for a spot of lunch. I’ve been there before, attending a blogger brunch a while back when we shared the communal feast.
This time, we ordered a small selection of what sounded like favourites: babaganouj, cauliflower with eggplant jam, selection of sausages – the rose water merguez sausage was a surprising but actually quite a nice flavour and a chicken tagine. The cauliflower was definitely a standout for us and something Matt mentioned could be worth making at home.
I was able to obtain the original recipe from Kazbah but rather than deep frying parts of the dish, I decided to healthy it up and cook it a little differently. The original was by no means ‘greasy’ but I just don’t like wasting copious amounts of good oil for one off deep frying at home.
The dish might look like a lot of work as there are a few case partake components involved, but most require little more than just time. It is lovely served warm with the cauliflower straight from the oven grill, but to be honest, leftovers are just as delish cold the next day.