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Friday, July 27, 2012


A hungry band of bears... well... actually my family, ate all of the cauliflower I made for supper last night.

The same two people who *don't like* cauliflower... raw, or cooked.

The same two people who walked around the kitchen loudly complaining about the culinary horror that I was about to place before them.

The same two people who also loudly discussed how they might avoid the ensuing gastronomic disaster.

The same two people (well, the short one, anyway) who stood beside me making mild gagging noises as she watched me chop up a whole head of beautiful cauliflower.

The cauliflower to which I was looking forward... that I had lovingly prepared with my own tastes in mind... cauliflower that I had been craving for over a week...

...and I got exactly... NONE (well, okay... virtually none... I got a small spoon from a whole head)!!! LOL!

So, I decided to share the recipe with you!

First, however, pictures of the delights that were our supper last night... along with hands-full of fresh garden veggies... carrots, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, and new potatoes with butter... glistening like jewels in individual bowls on the table!

Slow-Cooked Coconut Ginger Pork


(I put a crispy brown sear on the roast before putting it in the slow-cooker, and I added a stalk of lemon grass to the mix) The flavour (and the smell in the house all day) was incredible!

Paleo Cauliflower Rice

(recipe to follow) You already know how that went, LOL!

Triple Berry Crumble


My sugar bears loved this, and the tall one had it for breakfast today with a couple of hard boiled eggs... and he felt like he got away with something, LOL!

Now, you can google 'Paleo Cauliflower Rice' and you will get an untold number of links, and variations.... And if you're looking for something that makes you forget about missing actual rice, cauliflower 'rice' won't be it... BUT... it tastes awesome, and cooked to just shy of mushy consistency, it will function as 'rice' and hold a sauce well... we can't wait to have it with Chili, or stew.

People generally pan 'fry' it, boil, or steam cook it... I did a combination of two methods. The recipe I'm recording here, gives (in my opinion) the best texture and flavour. Without further ado:

Paleo Cauliflower Rice

1/2 a sweet onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp. coconut oil
1 large head of cauliflower
nub of butter (enough to moisten the cauliflower)
1/8 cup finely chopped herbs (I used cilantro to compliment the roast)
salt, pepper, spices to taste (I used only salt and pepper this first time - I'm looking forward to using cumin, ground corriander and chipotle pepper)

1. Remove the leaves and large stems from your cauliflower. Wash, pat dry, and then rough chop until it all resembles grains of rice... a food processor helps a lot with this (use the pulse function so you don't get mush), but isn't necessary. You can also use the large-holed side of a grater (but place it in a large deep bowl or you'll have cauliflower EVERYWHERE).

2. Put the chopped cauliflower into a microwaveable bowl - NO WATER - cover tightly, and microwave for 8- 10 minutes. I did mine in 3 minute increments until I had the desired texture (neither mushy or crunchy... just tender).

3. While the cauliflower is cooking, melt coconut oil, add onion and stir fry on medium heat until browned. Season to taste.

4. Once cauliflower is cooked, add butter to onions in the pan, add cauliflower and stir until well blended and moisture cooks off... you can even let it brown some.

5. Remove from heat and stir in herbs.

6. Serve, and watch it disappear!

(NOW my little gagging drama queen bear thinks I should try out for Master Chef... because of cauliflower... ROTFLMFO!!! The big one simply and unapologetically appropriated the leftovers for his lunch today... high praise, that!)

Have a GREAT weekend everyone!

May today and every day bring to you a ridiculous abundance of whatever you need. May all your concerns, struggles, anxieties and fears fall like ashes as you rise on eagle's wings, SOARING above all that would hinder you along this tremendous adventure of being and becoming all you are created to be. May the grace of God simply "overtake" you moment by moment. May the joy and victory of the risen Lord be yours in a very personal way... may you always be overwhelmed by the grace of God, rather than by the cares of life!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

P.S.... And then there is this one I have to try!

Loaded Roasted Cauliflower Salad
(Potatoe Salad substitute)

32 ounces cauliflower florets (about 6 cups florets and stems, cubed)
4 Tbsp olive oil
6 strips bacon, cooked and chopped
4 Tbsp chives, dried (6-8 Tbsp fresh, chopped)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cube cauliflower into slightly smaller bites (think roughly 1/2″ x 1/2″), as though you're cubing a potato.

Toss with olive oil and spread out on a roasting pan into one single layer. Cook for 10 minutes. Stir. Cook 10 minutes more. Let cool slightly.

*(Personally, I'd prepare the cauliflower the same as above... I think it produces a better texture and flavour.)*

Combine mayonnaise with sour cream. Mix with cooled, roasted cauliflower. Mix in 4 slices bacon bits, 3 Tbsp chives, and 1/2 of the cheese.

Top with the rest of the cheese. Heat in the oven for 10-15 minutes (or until the cheese melts). Top with the rest of the bacon and chives. Serve warm. Refrigerate remaining.

Makes 12, 1/2 cup servings.

Per 1/2 cup serving: Calories: 385, Carbohydrates: 6.4 g, Fiber: 1.4 g, Net Carbohydrates: 5 g, Protein: 7.4 g, Fat: 37.4 g


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