Consumerism Gone Mad: Cauliflower Steak

Until a few weeks ago I had never heard of cauliflower steak. That was until a vegetarian friend of mine was excited about it being served at a lunch. “Isn’t it just sliced cauliflower though?” I asked…it turns out, that’s exactly what it was. Cauliflower Steak is sliced cauliflower with a fancy name. Now I’m not a vegetarian so I can’t really relate to the need to make your food more exciting but I can see that calling a slice of cauliflower “a steak” is stretching the definition of steak to its limits. The Cambridge dictionary describes steak as “a thick, flat piece of meat or fish, especially meat from a cow” whereas other dictionaries also say the term used to be used for anything that is roasted on a spit (also known as a steik).

This week, Cauliflower Steak hit the headlines when it was discovered that Marks & Spencers were selling the product for more than double the price of an actual cauliflower. The £2.50 cauliflower steaks, two slices of cauliflower packaged in plenty of environment damaging plastic, caused outrage on twitter and debates in comment sections and accusations against hipster for somehow allowing this to happen, alongside recipe articles on how to make your own cauliflower steaks.

This isn’t the first time that cauliflower steak has graced the supermarket shelves. In 2016, Tesco sold a lemon drizzled cauliflower steak but the product has since been discontinued, presumably due to the fact that consumers are not so easily deceived.

So I’m sure you’re all dying to know how to stick-it-to-the-man and make your own knock off version of cauliflower steak? Well here you go…

How to make your own cauliflower steak

  • Get a cauliflower and wash it
  • Chop it into slices
  • Rub it in oil and herbs of your choice
  • Cook it.



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