I decided to give another cauliflower pizza crust a try. This time I tried The Lucky Penny’s, “BEST Cauliflower Crust Pizza.” Prep wise, it was fairly easy. I don’t know if perhaps I needed more herbs but all I tasted was the cauliflower. While I love cauliflower, I wished it hadn’t been so overwhelming. I think I’ll try it again with a bit more herbs than the recipe.

Perhaps all of these years of spicy foods has done in my tastebuds. Oh no! I’ve become my father!


I’ve been terrible about posting my recipes. Well. I’ll get to that another day. How about I post some links that I have tried or an itching to try.

Been There, Done That or Things I’ve Given a Go:

  • Asiago, Rosemary Cheese Crackers – These were good but didn’t taste the same after a few hours. Note: Make sure you use round silicone cups, not cupcake liner style cups. Cleanup was terrible.
  • Banana Pancakes – The banana flavor is very overpowering. If you love bananas, this should be a go for you! Easy version of the recipe is 2-3 eggs and one ripe banana. Mash it very well and mix it all together. Voila, pancake batter
  • No Bake Oreo Truffles – OK. I couldn’t bare to use cream cheese, so I substituted about 3/4 of a container of vanilla icing. Office Tested & Approved.
  • No Bake Cookies – Sweet! No really. These are super sweet. Almost too sweet. Office Tested & Approved.
  • Peanut Butter Balls – Product performs as expected! Office Tested & Approved.
  • Cauliflower Crust Pizza – Amen! My first attempt didn’t go so well. I didn’t get enough moisture out of my cauliflower and it didn’t hold together well. My second attempt was successful and Office Tested & Approved!

Let’s Go On an Adventure or Stuff I Haven’t Tried Yet:

All of this is making me hungry and it is too late for that!

I do believe doom begins with a B. As in Basket. A basket of the chocolate kind, filled with fruit. Looking for work craft ideas I came across ChildMade and discovered the Chocolate Fruit Basket. If I could figure out a good method to double boil the chocolate at work, I could see this as a fun lunch craft at work. We are weird like that. Doesn’t it look yummy?

So, has anyone tried this? If you have, how did it go?


Aloo Gobi
Serves 8
Spiced cauliflower and potatoes.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. ¼ cup of butter
  2. 1 lg onion
  3. 3 lg tomatoes diced (or 28oz canned tomatoes)
  4. 1 md/lg cauliflower broken into small florets
  5. ½ tbsp ginger, diced
  6. 1 tbsp garlic, diced
  7. 1 tsp ground cumin
  8. 1 tsp ground coriander
  9. 1 tbsp ground red pepper
  10. 2 tsp turmeric
  11. 1 tsp salt
  12. 2 tsp garam masala
  13. 2 tbsp water
  14. 3 red potatoes (optional)
Instructions
  1. On low/md heat, melt the butter in a large pot.
  2. Add onions and cumin seed.
  3. Stir together and cook until the onions are creamy and translucent
  4. Add coriander, turmeric and salt. Stir well.
  5. Add ground red pepper and tomatoes. Stir well.
  6. Add ginger and garlic. Stir well.
  7. Add cauliflower and water. Stir so that the cauliflower is covered by sauce.
  8. Add Potatoes if desired.
  9. Cover pot and simmer for twenty minutes, stirring occasionally.
  10. Add garam masala. Stir well.
  11. Continue cooking until the cauliflower is soft. Mash if desired.
  12. Remove the lid and allow the liquid to boil down.
  13. Stir until desired liquid level is reached.

Raita Yogurt
Serves 6
A simple version of the Indian/Pakistani classic vegetable yogurt
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 md tomato
  2. 1 md onion
  3. 1 cucumber
  4. 16oz of plain yogurt
  5. 1 tsp ground cumin (or to taste)
  6. 1 tsp ground red pepper (or to taste)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix yogurt, cumin and red pepper.
  2. Dice tomato, onion and cucumber.
  3. Add diced vegetables and mix well.
  4. Refrigerate for at least one hour. Taste to see if more cumin or red pepper is needed.
Notes
  1. Add a can of chick peas or one large cooked potato if desired.

Shan Dal Curry (Lentils)
Serves 8
Spiced Lentils
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Prep Time
2 hr 30 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
4 hr
Prep Time
2 hr 30 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
4 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups Dal Masoor (orange lentils)
  2. 1 onion diced (md or large)
  3. 2 tbps diced garlic (or ten cloves, diced)
  4. 1 md tomato, halved and sliced thin
  5. 3 bay leaves
  6. 1 ½ tsp ground red pepper (or to taste)
  7. 3 Bay leaves
  8. 2 tbsp of Shan dal Curry Mix (or to taste)
  9. ½ cup of butter
  10. 6 cups of water
Instructions
  1. Soak the lentils in a bowl for at least two (2) hours.
  2. After an hour and a half, cook (on md heat) the onions in butter until translucent.
  3. Add garlic, Shan Dal mix and tomatoes to pot.
  4. Stir until the dal mix is well distributed.
  5. Carefully add six (6) cups of water to the pot.
  6. Drain and rinse the soaked lentils. Carefully add them to the pot.
  7. Add bay leaves.
  8. Turn to low heat and cover.
  9. Cook until the lentils reach desired density, stirring occasionally.
  10. If you prefer a thicker soup, remove the lid and let dal continue to low boil to assist in thickening.
Notes
  1. Keep an eye on the pot as it may boil over if the heat is too high.

I attempted to make soup this afternoon. My goal was to come up with an easy to make recipe. I failed. Josh said it wasn’t bad, but it needed more tomato. I used V8, water, mixed vegetables and spices. The water to V8 ratio was off. I am experimenting in small batches and a 2:3 ratio of V8 to water doesn’t taste too great. So, it is back to the notepad for me. I had to post it though. For future reference.


If there is ever a time when you see a bottle of Sauer’s barbecue sauce, pick up a bottle or three. I’ve rarely found a barbecue sauce that I want to use on everything from eggs to mashed potatoes (yes, I said mashed potatoes). Sauer’s is one of them. You may find some bottles with the older style label. Don’t worry, the label doesn’t make the sauce!

Josh got me started and his parents have been our sauce enablers. While we were visiting Josh’s parents over Yule, we went on a search to bring more Sauer’s home with us. Unfortunately we were only able to procure two bottles. Hardly enough to last us a year. Thankfully Josh’s father came to our rescue when he spotted some at his local grocer. He purchased and shipped to us, five more bottles. That might last until next Yule.


Lemon Pepper Marinade
A simple lemon and pepper marinade made one day when deciding to grill.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 tbsp Lemon/Pepper Blend (either store bought or here)
  2. 2 tbsp minced garlic
  3. 3 tbsp honey
  4. 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  5. 1/2 cup lemon juice
  6. 1/2 cup yellow mustard
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together in medium bowl.
  2. Let sit for 30 minutes.
  3. Use as desired

White Bread
A homemade white bread recipe
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Prep Time
1 hr 30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
1 hr 30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
2 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  2. 2/3 cup white sugar
  3. 1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  5. 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  6. 6 cups bread flour
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm water
  2. Stir in yeast.
  3. Allow to proof until yeast resembles a creamy foam.
  4. Mix salt and oil into the yeast.
  5. Mix in flour one cup at a time.
  6. Knead dough.
  7. on a lightly floured surface until smooth.
  8. Place in a well oiled bowl, and turn dough to coat.
  9. Cover with a damp cloth.
  10. Allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about one (1) hour.
  11. Punch dough down.
  12. Knead for a few minutes and divide in half.
  13. Shape into loaves, and place into two (2) well oiled 9x5 inch loaf pans.
  14. Allow to rise for 30 minutes, or until dough has risen 1-inch above pans.
  15. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes.