Recipe: Cauliflower

When cleaned and washed, drop them into boiling water, into which you have put salt and a teaspoonful of flour, or a slice of bread; boil till tender; take off, drain and dish them; serve with a Sauce spread over and made with m
Another way is to make a white Sauce (see SauceS) and when the cauliflowers are dished as above, turn the white Sauce over, and serve warm. They may also be served in the same way with a milk, cream, or tomato Sauce, or with brown butter.
It is a very good plan to loosen the leaves of a head of cauliflower and let lie, the top downward, in a pan of cold salt water, to remove any insects that might be hidden between them.

The Whitehouse Cookbook, by Mrs. F.L. Gillette (Year 1887)