Orange Curry - Phil's Rambling Rants — LiveJournal
I believe that having salt in the water does make pasta taste better. I don't believe that it absorbs very much salt. I suppose I ought to test this, rather than just believing it :-)
I do add the bit of oil. I'm not sure if it really matters for macaroni; it does seem to help with spaghetti.
Since this was the first head of cauliflower I've ever cooked for myself, I don't really know if it tastes any different from regular. It looks more interesting and I assume that it has more nutrients.