Cauliflower Pizza?

Hey guys,

It has been ages since I did a food post, so here is something wonderful. I have been doing this for a while now but only after seeing a post on Cauliflower Rice ( from stepheusebi.com) did I realizes other people may actually not know how to do this.

What do you need?

  • A cauliflower – may be helpful ( I usually use about 1/3 to a  half for each pizza base )
  • Parmesan cheese
  • 1 average sized sweet potato
  • 3/4 of a red onion (you can use less, I just really like it)
  • Bacon! ( I used two massive pieces and just chop it up)
  • tomato paste/ pizza sauce.
  • three cloves of garlic

STEP 1!

Preheat over to 180 degreesC

So you get your cauliflower (always organic preferred), take off the leaves and start to hack the cauliflower up (anything that isn’t a green leaf ).

You kind of want it to be small enough so when you put it in a food processor (I use a Thermomix on speed 8 until it is tiny – like rice) it can all be done and not have huge chuncks

STEP 2!

Ok so now what you want to do is put all your cauliflower ‘rice’  in a big bowl and set aside for a second. Peel garlic and chop up Parmesan to manageable chunks for the food processor to handle.

In the same food processor (because who has time to wash), put in chunks of Parmesan cheese and whiz around until nice and fine, add three cloves of garlic and whiz again.

 

STEP 3!

Crack in an organic egg into the cauliflower  and add some of the cheese, about 1/4, mix it all up.

Prepare a pizza tray or what ever you cook cookie on, lay down some baking paper  on it.

Tip the cauliflower-egg combination onto the baking paper and flatten it out, you can make a circle (like a normal pizza), or you can do what I normally do, make a huge rectangle.

STEP 4!

Put this awesomely made pizza base in the oven on the top shelf while you chop up everything else.

Thinly slice the red onion into slivers.

With a peeler, peel off the outer skin of the sweet potato (only if you have an aversion to the skin, otherwise just give the sweet potato a scrub under running water). and start peeling strips (like ribbons) of sweet potato.

Chop up the bacon finely.

STEP 5!

When you pizza base is starting to turn a shade darker (It usually is perfect to pull out after about 8 minutes in my hectically cool oven), pull it out and put it on a heatproof protector so your bench doesn’t crack.

With the back of a spoon, finger or knife spread the tomato paste/pizza sauce all over the base, now be careful not to push down, the cauliflower base can come up if it gets stuck to the back of your spoon.

Sprinkle  a 1/3 of the remaining cheese and garlic

toss on the sweet potato ribbons, onion and add some more of that cheesy mix and add the pieces of bacon.

Whack it back in the oven and check on it over a period of 20 minutes, usually the amount of time it takes me to set up a dvd on the tv. I have found that sometimes, depending on how full the pizza is and how thick the base is it can vary in time so keep an eye on it.

 

PERFECTION!

Egg less cookies

Ok so the basic recipe I work off is:
2 eggs
180 grams of butter
2 and a third cups of gf flour
How ever much sugar you want.
You cream the butter and sugar and then add the two eggs, mix and add the flour.
We will be subbing honey for sugar and chia seed eggs for eggs.

The chia seed eggs are easy, 1 table spoon of chia seeds and three tablespoons and water. Let it rest for ten then stir and use.

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First cream the butter and honey, I added some cinnamon and nutmeg to give it some flavor.

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20130910-085946.jpg add the flour. I used a variety of Bezan flour, maize, millet and almond flour to make up the 2 and a 3rd cups.
Add the chia seed mixture before the flour and mix. Add the flour bit by bit.

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Life Is A Sneaky Bastard

So on my health kick of the moment I am suddenly in love with the idea of a meal plan for the week. Too often Dave and I spend about 2 hours deciding what we want for dinner. Normally this is only a slight delay, but since we are going to be moving in-together… officially, in our own place, there will be no room for spending unnecessary money of food that will spoil because we don’t get around to eating it.

After much searching on the internet, literally about 3 solid hours of hard work I finally found exactly what I wanted on Just Bento, An amazing website/blog thing that I have fallen in love with.

Having to prepare meals, (The usual 3 X 2) every day and manage to fit that around our crazy scheduled of work and University and life, I thought

What Could Be Better?

  • It’s healthy
  • Exciting
  • You can’t get that bored of it
  • Good for a fussy eater (*Cough Dave*)
  • QUICK and Easy to Make

Those are the key points I need want (haven’t figured it out yet) to suit my lifestyle, so I decided I am going to give it a go. It sounds like a great idea to me. A think a Bento Lunch would be a great way to loose weight at a healthy pace, while I am actually enjoying my food. What I initially was thinking about as a problem was the amount of carbs… but everything in moderation. 

This website offers some really great hints and tips for the safety and packing of a bento.

 

Did I mention that there is even recipes that even I can follow? Ermahgosh, I am so happy. There is a whole list of yummy foods.

Best Sweet Treats

The Best Sweet Treats are not mine (there is no way I could come up with such good ideas) But oh my gosh you have to check these out:

These are the 5 things I think I could just live with happily.

 

At number one:  Nutella-Mallow Pillow Pockets 

These scrumptious pockets are so good! great recipe by Picky Palate

Nutella and marshmallow filled puff pastry ! Can You get Anything Better?

gooey and warm nutella with the marshmallow that somehow disappears… this is my favorite thing ever! Crunch and Chocolate!!!!!

 

 

Behind Number Two, Ladies and Gentlemen is the very yummy Caramel Popcorn

This is a big favorite of mine, while I haven’t used the recipe I linked because the method is use is floating around in my head, it is basically the same.

You cant beat that sweet crunch and chew.

 

Three! Chocolate coated Marshmallows 

I want you to like them as much as I do. I literally cried making these because  I didn’t get to eat them personally. But the recipe by Savory Sweet Life and it is actually called Rocky Road Marshmellow Pops.

 

Four ( I may be bias because I love them so much) Cinnamon Scrolls

So Yummy, and so easy to make! what isn’t to love?

 

And 5. A bagel… I know it is time consuming and not always sweet. But I came across this page and I just love it! I cant wait to try it~!

This great webpage allows you to know how to do it with a step by step manual.

Spice Cake

It’s been a whole since I last cooked and since I slept really badly last night, around 4 am I got up and made cupcakes an muffis and cookies
But this time I wanted something different
This cake requires

Ginger tea ( any variation will do)
Butter (250grams)
Half a cup of milk
A cup of boiling water
3 eggs
Vanilla bean (vanilla extract or essence will do- add like 3 table spoons)
Cinnamon
Nutmeg
2 cups of sugar
And of course about 2 and a half cups of flour
how to put it together

so exciting!


Oven on to 175 c… Like 350 f.
Boil some water and measure a cup of water and put two tea bags in. Let it steep for 20 minutes.

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Meanwhile get your spice (cinnamon and nutmeg)

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Get you vanilla bean and slice it down the middle and scrape out the black essence or what ever it is with a knife and put it into a separate bowl.

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Add the sugar to the vanilla bowl and give it a whisk to mix.

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Check on your tea.

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Looking good
Ok so pour your tea without the tea bags once it’s really strong into the sugar mix.

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Get your butter and let it sit for a while until its soft. Add it also to your sugar mix, whisk and add an egg between mixing. Once everything is added you can slowly combine it with the flour mix. Making sure there is no lumps. I have an aversion to using a lot of electronic mixers on things I can do by hand doesn’t mean that you can’t use your electronic mixers

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Then half time add half the milk and keep mixing. Going back and forth between the milk and the tea and sugar mix.

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Grease a cake pan ( if you want you can mix half a cup of vegetable oil into the cake mix before cooking) I used a bundt tin because I just like them. And tadah!

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happy cooking

Cinnamon Scrolls

Ok still in the baking mood.
I found puff pastry in the freezer!
YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS?!?
Cheating Time
Normally I would make the pastry by hand but it is there so I will use it.
Before you do anything
Pre heat your oven. 200 celcious fan forced.

Cinnamon Spread
Half a cup of icing sugar
A splash of boiling water
Lots of cinnamon, I use about 3 teaspoons but I love cinnamon, so maybe use about two teaspoons if you aren’t me.
20 grams of melted butter.

puff pastry
Get it out of the freezer and separate it and put it on the bench and let it thaw

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Put cinnamon and sugar in a bowl

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Add a splash of boiling water and mix like you mean it with a spoon.

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Add butter and mix!!!

spread it now on your rolled out puff pastry
And roll it up into a log!

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Chop them up!
And put them on your baking tray … You should have covered it in baking paper at some stage. 🙂

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Slam it in the oven or place it in gently.
Rescue in 20 minutes or if you think they are done and ENJOY THE SUGARY GOODNESS!

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