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Cauliflower.

Eddie Mair | 13:45 UK time, Tuesday, 29 January 2008

British cauliflowers could vanish from our plates unless farmers get paid more for them. The National Union of Farmers says its members get less and less of the retail value of the cauliflower, and unless that changes, it won't make sense to produce them.

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A cauliflower yesterday.

This is something farmers have talked about for a while. There was this last May and this example of pricing problems across the English Channel ten years ago.

We're going to talk about the cauliflower on the programme tonight. If it's recipes you want, howsabout Creamed cauliflower and Stilton soup or Sausages, Stilton and mustard mash with sauteed cauliflower or Cauliflower and pea soup with blue cheese and damson scones .

On the programme: Polly Tyrer, who has this website and this delightful recipe for Baked Cauliflower Cheese Potatoes.

INGREDIENTS:

1 baking potato

salt & ground black pepper

oil

2 cauliflower florets

15g/ ½ oz butter

50g/2oz grated cheddar cheese

to serve: cherry tomatoes & cucumber

METHOD:

1. Set the oven to 200C/400F/ Gas Mark 6. Wash the potato and dry with paper towel. Prick with a fork and rub with a little oil and salt. Bake in the oven for about 1 hour until the potato is soft all the way through.

1. Meanwhile trim the cauliflower into small florets about the size of a large marble. Cook in boiling water for a few minutes until just tender. Drain well.

2. Cut the jacket potato in half and scoop the inside out into a bowl. Add the butter, 45g/1 ½ oz of the grated cheese and season with a little salt and pepper. Mash together, add the cauliflower and gently stir through the potato. Pile this mixture back into the potato skin and set on a small baking tray.

3. Scatter the remaining 15g/ ½ oz of cheese over the top of the potato. Bake in the oven until golden brown on top and hot all the way through.

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