March 26, 2014 12

Roasted Cauliflower and Radishes with Fresh Dill, Fennel + Mustard Seeds and a MightyNest Giveaway!

Okay I have to admit, I own a few different mortar and pestles that I’ve collected along the way. A couple that are super small and I probably bought them just because I cannot resist the urge to buy all things miniature, at least one for guacamole

and another one just because and they sit in a cupboard on top of my refrigerator in my tiny urban kitchen and getting them down is less than convenient. So, I rarely, ever use them.

I can probably count on my hands how many times I’ve used them. I guess I just never got into using them because I thought it was, perhaps unnecessary? But, now everything has changed. Now I have this gorgeous ceramic glazed Emile Henry mortar and pestle from MightyNest it will sit on my counter top and I want to use it everyday. It’s really so beautiful, how could you not?

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But also crushing your own herbs and spices is incredibly easy in this mortar and pestle and the flavors are remarkably different. So bright, so alive, I think I am going to be using this for many, many years to come. It’s also super versatile, as you can crush anything: seeds into powder, avocado into guacamole, herbs into pesto, olives into tapenade and the list goes on and on.

It’s a quick and easy change you can make in your kitchen to get your meals from healthy to mighty. Once you learn how to master the mortar with the recipe below, take the MightyNest pledge, leave me a blog comment and you’ll be entered to win all of those fantastic gifts, plus $75 for the school of your choice!

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Roasted Cauliflower and Radishes with Fresh Dill, Fennel + Mustard Seeds

{serves 4}


  • 1/2 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 8 red radishes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic granules
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • handful of fresh dill, approximately 2 – 3 tablespoons chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of olive or avocado oil

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

It’s incredibly easy to grind those mustard and fennel seeds. Pour the mustard seeds into the mortar, use the pestle to first crush them in an up and down motion or a twist + grind motion, then once they’ve broken up a bit, you can start crushing them in a circle fashion. Repeat for crushing the fennel seeds. For this recipe you don’t need to get the seeds into a complete powder, somewhere between seed and powder forms is perfect! If your sea salt isn’t fine, feel free to crush it in the mortar and pestle as well.

Then in small mixing bowl combine the ground mustard seeds, fennel seeds, sea salt, garlic granules and black pepper. Whisk or stir it together to combine well.

In a large mixing bowl combine the cauliflower florets and halved radishes and toss them with the olive oil. Then sprinkle on the spice mixture, toss again to combine well. Lay the cauliflower on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Try to get them spread out so they aren’t touching each other, they will cook and crisp more evenly this way. Sprinkle on a tablespoon of fresh dill and pop them into the oven.

Bake at 425 degrees for 35 – 40 minutes, flipping once halfway through. Serve hot, right out of the oven with a sprinkle of more fresh dill if desired.

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So you’ve got the right idea – now let’s take the pledge and you could win this beautiful new mortar and pestle, some other great gear for grinding and storing fresh herbs + spices, plus cash for your school. To enter, click on the the ‘I pledge’ button.

 One super lucky With Food + Love reader will receive the following items, plus $75 to the school of their choice!

Emile Henry Mortar and Pestle 

1 set of Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons 

Stainless Steel Spice Funnel

Weck Mini Mold Jars 

Mini Glass Prep Bowls

{disclaimer} This giveaway is sponsored by the fine people at MightyNest. I choose to work with companies that I personally love and adore. This helps support the continued growth and development of my site. All opinions are my own. For rules, terms + conditions, please see the contest widget.

12 Responses to "Roasted Cauliflower and Radishes with Fresh Dill, Fennel + Mustard Seeds and a MightyNest Giveaway!"

  1. Reply

    Rebecca {foodie with family}

    March 26, 2014 at 10:20 am

    I absolutely love everything about this post. The cauliflower, the mortar and pestle, the giveaway to the school. This is lovely!

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      March 26, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      Thank you Rebecca! What a lovely comment, this made my day :)


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    Nileta Jackson

    March 26, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    I love cauliflower radishes and mortar and pestles.

  3. Reply


    March 27, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Great post & giveaway :) Healthy to mighty, indeed!

    • Reply


      March 27, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      Thanks Faith! Healthy to mighty for sure :)

      Good luck! XO SHERRIE

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    April 1, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    yum! i love roasted radishes!

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    April 1, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    OMG, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Emile Henry! I have one of their tagines and it is probably the best thing in my kitchen! What a beautiful recipe as well, can’t wait to give it a try!! <3 ! Thanks for the opportunity and sharing this recipe! :)

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      April 2, 2014 at 9:34 am

      This mortar + pestle is my new prized possession, I can’t wait to give it to someone, so they too relish in its beauty. Good luck Katie! And thanks so much for stopping by :)


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    April 2, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    I love roasted cauliflower and now have a great recipe for at home! Our neighborhood school can use every penny it can get; they are desperately underfunded! So such a great giveaway!

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    April 2, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Love this post! Never tried cooking radishes before and I’m so excited!

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