Take the cauliflower and trim it into pieces with 1" stems. Boil in salted water for 5 minutes and then drain.
Heat the oil in a frying pan, just a thin layer really, less than 1/2" deep.
Use pie pans or small plates or bowls and line up the flour, the egg, and the bread crumbs. Using a couple of forks to handle the cauliflower keeps your fingers from getting too messy! Dredge the cauliflower pieces in flour, then the beaten egg, then bread crumbs. Then set gently in the hot oil, letting the breading brown before turning. When all sides are browned, lift the pieces out and lay on brown paper or paper towels to absorb some of the oil.
Salt and pepper the pieces and serve.