Cauliflower Couscous

Cauliflower. Cauliflower. Cauliflower.

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Where to begin. Not to offend anyone or the cauliflower itself. There are so many uses of cauliflower, but still it lack the “personality” and the “character” of it’s harmanos such as kale, broccoli, cabbage and brussels sprouts. It is the shy cousin hiding behind the leaves and needs some help to pop out.

However with the much needed help from distant relatives it will pop and make a good addition to any meal. Cauliflower is one of those vegetables which seems to divide the public and there are probably many discussions around the dinner table trying to have the kids trying it out.

On the other hand kids seems to love couscous. Making food look familiar is a great way to try out new things and develop the taste buds.

Couscous will never bee cauliflower and cauliflower will never bee couscous. That’s they way nature intended it to be. However pretend to be couscous packed with flavor and the crunchy consistency of cauliflower is a way to make this vegetable shine.

Making cauliflower couscous is a fairly simple process. Clean and cut the cauliflower head in pieces leaving only the florets. Blitz them in a food processor until they are about cous cous size. Be careful as overdoing it will make it into a mash.

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Prepare an onion and garlic. Chop it on to small and fine pieces. More or less the same size as the cauliflower couscous. Fry it on low heat with some olive oil and dried garlic. Stir around so it does not burn. When it starts to get transparent add some water and let it boil down. When the liquid just about still covers the frying pan add the cauliflower couscous. Let it fry and add salt, pepper and oregano to taste. Taste while it cooks and stop when it has the desired consistency.  Try to keep some crunch.

This works well with any dish that requires couscous. Its also great as a side such as chicken wings.

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Bon appetit.

 

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Some kind of Chowder

More often than not I find myself missing, or not having enough, ingredients to make certain dishes. Always wanted to make corn chowder and having one cob I went in with all my heart to make a light version of it. 

I added some fresh cherry tomatoes and parsley for garniture to give some freshness. And, voila, happy days.

Here’s my recipe:

  • 1 corn on the cob
  • Butter to taste (I like lots)
  • 5 medium sized potatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 clove of garlic
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Pinch of cayenne

Clean the cob and reserve corns. Cook the cob with the water for about 15 minutes. Fry onions, tomatoes, potatoes and garlic over low heat until onion goes transparent. Remove cob from water and add the mixture. Boil until potatoes are soft. Add heavy cream and corn and simmer for 10 minutes. 

Here comes the part I do not like, but someone in our household doesn’t like chunks in soups. Blitz the mixture, I think blitzers are soups worst enemy, but that’s​ my opinion. Strain and serve. 
Inspiration from here:

https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/8904-basic-corn-chowder