Ignorance at Work – Cauliflower with Fennel and Red Pepper


Fennel (Photo credit: Satrina0)

There was a recipe for a broccoli dish, several years ago, in Bon Appetit, served with fennel.  Fennel is the secret word.  I picked up some, in the supermarket, and wasn’t even sure, it was fennel.  I had to find a You Tube video on “how to cut fennel”, to discover that I picked up the right green.  I have never cooked with fennel, as I am sure, you now realize and this was to be a new experience.

I had no idea what to do with fennel but I wasn’t worried until I searched for something, we would enjoy, and could not find it.  Then, I discovered the old recipe from Bon Appetit.  Of course, I had cauliflower, not broccoli.  Powers of deduction told me the recipe, with some changes would work for other vegetables and I made it with the cauliflower.

Working with a new ingredient, slows me down, not knowing what is supposed to happen.  Fortunately, the video had demonstrated how to cut fennel, slice it and dice it.  I was safe on that count.

Cauliflower with Fennel and Red Bell Pepper


  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 1 fresh fennel bulb (about 1 pound), halved lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into long strips
  •  3 cups cauliflower
  • 1 /2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon cut fresh oregano
  • 1 cup organic vegetable broth


Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat. 

Add shallots and sauté until golden, about 3 minutes.

Add sliced fennel bulb and red bell pepper and sauté until just tender, about 3 minutes.

Add cauliflower.

Stir in seasoning.

Cover with vegetable broth.

Stir and cook on low for 8 minutes.

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3 comments on “Ignorance at Work – Cauliflower with Fennel and Red Pepper

  1. I’ve only worked with fennel once or twice. It’s actually pretty hard to find here. Your post makes me think I should try to be more adventurous with ingredients.

    Thanks for linking up!

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