Fake brains for vegetarians (cauliflower with eggs)

cauliflower with eggs

My mum used to make this pretty often when I was growing up, mostly because cauliflower is widely available here and it is cheap. The best way to eat cauliflower is to deep fry it and eat it with tartar sauce and fries.  But fake brains is second best thing. It is less caloric and in many ways it’s even good for you. It is also very easy to prepare. I would recommend this recipe to all beginner chefs.

I don’t know why is it called “fake brains”. My only guess would be that it resembles cooked pigs’ brain, which used to be considered a delicacy here.  I remember that during socialism in Czechoslovakia we used to have plenty of “fake” meals, which were supposed to imitate the real stuff that was not available. To calm down the vegetarians among us, this meal does not resemble the flavor or texture of cooked brains (at least as I remember them from my childhood).

cooked cauliflower

Fake brains

Try to avoid winter cauliflower, because it tends to be bitter. This recipe makes fake brains for 2 greedy or 4 normal people.


Makes 2 portions.

  • 3 tbs oil
  • 3 big onion
  • 1 cauliflower head
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten


  • Cut off the cauliflower florets and cook them in salty water (big pinch of salt) until tender. It takes 10-15min.
  • Chop the onions and steam over low heat with 3tbs of oil. Add the salt and the pepper. You want the onions translucent, not fried. If they are getting too brown, carefully add a little bit of water.
  • Strain the cauliflower and let it “steam dry”. Once they’ve dried (in about 3 min), smash them with a fork into small chunks. Watch the onions!
  • When the onions get translucent, add the cauliflower, stir and cook together for another 10 minutes.
  • After 10 min, add the eggs and stir again to scramble them. Once the eggs are done to your liking, your meal is ready. Taste it and season it if necessary. Do not burn your tongue (as I do all the time 🙁 ).
  • Serve with good rustic bread.


One Response

  1. Nice recipe, I willt ry it. One of my mom’s cauliflower recipe is this: you boil the cauliflower in salted water and bake it with sourcream and eggs mixed poured on them. Looks like a pie, can be served cold or hot, as starter or sidedish.

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