Cauliflower cheese without cheese

I’m not that into cooking however I like eating and I know I need to eat more fresh vegetables and fewer processed vegan meals. Last night I made a vegan version of cauliflower cheese that tasted wonderful and was very easy to make so I thought I’d share it.

Someone at the allotments gave me a huge, fresh cauliflower and I got it home and wondered what to do with it. What do you do with cauliflower? I decided to bake it but baked cauliflower on its own is pretty boring so I made this lovely sauce to go with it.



  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 dessert spoons tahini
  • 1/2-1 cup of ground cashew nuts
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • water

I put the garlic and a bit of water in a saucepan and cooked them for a few minutes before adding everything else. I then added more water until I was happy with the consistency of the sauce. I’m not sure exactly how much water I added but possibly a cup or two. Then I poured it over my cauliflower and baked it in the oven. I can’t remember how long for – maybe 10-15 minutes? The cauliflower was still crunchy which is how I like it.

I prefer gardening and crochet to cooking and fortunately I have plenty of gardens to tend to including our plot at the allotment. I find weeding strangely therapeutic. Sometimes I fall asleep at night imaging pulling out buttercups which is very soothing and sends me off to sleep.

We got our plot in April and here’s how it looked:


In June it looked like this:


And now in August all the weeds are finally under control and it looks like this:


7 thoughts on “Cauliflower cheese without cheese”

  1. We thought about getting an allotment years ago. We have a huge garden, but it is covered by trees from an old orchard – with a little luck we will be removing these over the next year though, so fingers crossed!

    1. We have a large garden also but it’s full of established plants and flowers and I’d have to pull them out to plant vegetables. I’m been told that the garden is for flowers and the allotment is for veggies 🙂

      Good luck!

  2. That’s a lot of plot to start off with, I know I would have been daunted.
    I think I will steal this recipe next time I go to vegan bring and share. Mustard is great for bringing out or replicating the cheesy tang.

  3. I use cauliflower a lot as a substitute for potatoes. My mil has diabetes so this helps her sugar balance. And for myself, it’s good for weight maintenance since it’s filling but low in calories. I try to keep a batch of steamed cauliflower on hand at all times. For a snack, I like to sprinkle curry on a bowl of it.

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