Once upon a time, In the spring of 2009 a girl made a plan.
It was a grand plan and she sketched it out carefully.
She carefully recorded the varities of vegetables, rotations, days to germination, plant spacing, and days to readiness off of each seed packet since she knew her feeble mind could never remember such details.
She got a little dirt on the plans on their excursions to plant but no matter.
It was the information that was important.
A girl can never have too much information, dirt smudges or no.
Spring turned into summer and most of the plants behaved just as they should.
Just as the plan showed they would.
And summer turmed into fall and most of the spring plants were finished and were replaced with new seeds and a new plan.
Late in the fall the girl's husband wondered aloud about a particular plant that did not seem to be following the same schedule.
It just grew and grew.
Lots and lots of leaves but nothing else.
"Oh well" said the girl "I don't remember what that is and we don't need that spot anyway. Let's just leave it and if it still hasn't done anything by the next spring we'll pull it out then"
And so it went.
And then one day in early February the girl saw something.
Something purple was showing in the center of the mounds of leaves.
So she got out her plan....her record of important information.Purple Cape Cauliflower! But it sure is huge and why in the world did it take so long?"
You see the girl had forgotten to write down the days to maturity for this plant. Nada. Zilch.
And it happened that she had used the end of the seed packet so she didn't have that either.
And when she looked it up in the seed catalog it wasn't listed in the latest edition.
You see the normal cauliflower did just what it was supposed to do and caused no angst at all.
But neither did it peak the girl's curiosity.
You see when the "normal" cauliflower and brocolli had started to be ready for harvest the girl and her husband had developed a liking for roasting them.
And since the girl was sometimes a little lazy she didn't always take off the leaves closest to the head.
She just tossed them in the olive oil and salt and peppered them with the rest.
And the two started to fight over the little leaves.
She doesn't really know if she invented this by accident or if there is a place in the world that they eat these all the time.
She thinks it would have to be a place where they grow their own food cause you never see leaves like these in the stores.
And like I said she is sometimes lazy and doesn't take time to Google these things to find out if she invented them.
What she does know though, is that if you roast them just like your other vegies...
except not quite as long....they can be sensitive...
And she will have wrestle her husband for them.