Courtney Roulston’s harissa purple cauliflower with macadamia cream

Loaded with spices, this eye-catching harissa purple cauliflower packs a flavour punch. Served on a base of creamy macadamia cream, this dish is sure to impress.



Note: + 20 mins standing time

1h 5m


  • 1 purple cauliflower
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbs harissa paste
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 11/4 cups (210g) natural macadamias
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbs maple syrup
  • Pinch of sea salt flakes
  • 1/4 cup (40g) dried currants
  • 1 tbs tahini paste
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed



Preheat oven to 180°C. Cut the base of the cauliflower so it sits flat on an even surface. Cook in a steamer over a saucepan of simmering water for 10 mins. Transfer the cauliflower to a roasting pan. Combine oil, harissa paste and cumin seeds in a bowl. Brush oil mixture over cauliflower and cover with foil. Roast for 30 mins. Remove foil. Roast for 20-25 mins or until just tender.


Meanwhile, place the macadamias in a saucepan with 4 cups (1L) water. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Cook for 30 mins or until the macadamias soften. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup (125ml) cooking liquid.


Place vinegar, maple syrup, sea salt flakes and 1/4 cup (60ml) water in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over low heat. Place currants in a heatproof bowl. Pour over the vinegar mixture. Soak for 20 mins. Drain, reserving pickling liquid.


Blend the drained macadamias, tahini, garlic, reserved cooking liquid and 1/4 cup (60ml) pickling liquid in a blender until smooth and creamy.


Spread the macadamia mixture over a serving plate. Top with the cauliflower. Sprinkle with currants to serve.

Serve with toasted chopped macadamias, toasted sesame seeds and flat-leaf parsley sprigs


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