I've been trying to think of something fun to do with cauliflower for a while, and I was pretty excited when I settled on this wrap. I'm not normally a big one for wraps, because I find most of them kind of dry and flavourless – but the new Coles brand Roti wraps have changed all that! They have a lovely nutty, slightly tangy taste and are deliciously chewy, which works perfectly here.
Preparing the cauliflower couldn't be easier – just tear it apart and toss it with olive oil and a few key spices, stick it in the oven for 25 minutes, and it's good to go. The rest of the ingredients are all raw, giving these wraps an irresistible freshness. While I love it with the feta, it's far from essential – the vegan version is just as enticing!
The subtle spiciness of the cauli is tempered by the creamy feta and avocado, while pomegranate seeds provide bursts of sweet and sour flavour with every bite. Finally, chickpeas add a subtle nutty flavour and plenty of protein to make this a wholesome, nutritious, meal that's so easy and delicious you'll want to make it again and again. Spiced cauliflower is almost as good cold as it is hot, so these wraps are perfect to make up in advance and eat on the go.
What a relief it is to finally be able to leave the house again! As lucky as I've been to be able to share my time with Elliot and Salty – I really feel for people who've been living alone – the past couple of months have seemed to drag on forever. I had to chuckle when I saw a meme on Facebook that read '2020 is a unique leap year. It has 29 days in February, 300 days in March, and 5 years in April.' Yep, that pretty much sums it up!
Though I never quite understood why hiking was banned – if anything, I would have thought you'd run into fewer people hiking than you would just exercising in your own neighbourhood – I respected the rule. But as soon as it was lifted, we were back out there in nature, soaking up the wonders of Victoria in autumn.
When we visited the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden two weeks ago, our timing couldn't have been more perfect. It rained most of the way there, but as we arrived it was just easing up. The whole garden was coated in a thick, heavy layer of fog, which made for a truly magical atmosphere.
Against the hazy white background, the bright autumn leaves and native flowers were even more vibrant.
Next we drove 10 minutes south to Grants Picnic Ground to do the 6.6 km (or 7.1 km, depending on which sign you consult) Eastern Sherbrooke Forest Walk. When we drove past the Thousand Steps it was super busy, but we had this lesser known-trail almost to ourselves, passing maybe 20 people along the way. Though the mist had lifted towards the end of our time at the Botanic Garden, here it persisted in a gentle haze that made the air feel charged with energy.
At one point we approached some people taking a photo, and turned around to this. I mean seriously.
Sherbrooke Forest is full of Mountain Ash, the tallest flowering tree in the world at over 85 metres at maturity (which occurs at around 150 years of age). They are truly a sight to behold.
This meadow was a gorgeous surprise to find just to the left of the trail. Nearby we also got to hear a lyrebird mimicking a kookaburra. We couldn't find it, but it was definitely close!
At the end of the hike, around 3.30 pm, the sunlight was again streaming through the trees in the most enchanting way. I couldn't stop gushing about what a goshdarn perfect day we'd chosen. It seemed like the weather had conspired to give us the best possible experience at each and every moment of the day.
The final stretch to the carpark of the Eastern Sherbrooke Trail is totally flat and wasn't slippery even though it had rained that morning, which means it's the perfect little outing to do with older or less mobile people.
Click here to see the rest of the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden and Eastern Sherbrooke Forest Walk album. If you're interested in checking out some other wonderful adventures you can do in Victoria, check out my new page, fetahands.com/adventures.