suburban siberia

transitioning from Los Angeles back to Edmonton

Month: March, 2014

deceivingly delicious

A few weeks ago Diane invited Eleisha and I over for some pizza. It was no ordinary pizza. It was magic pizza.

I’m a carbs person. Any whisper of fresh-baked bread, cake, pasta or potatoes and you have my immediate attention. So when Eleisha mentioned that the crust was gluten-free I was suspicious. Not because of Diane’s cooking, but because Eleisha and my tastes do not always align. She likes kombucha, any type of legume or rice, and I of course like the opposite. But Diane is incredibly fun and amazingly accurate on many things. One of which is diet. She’s a vegetarian extraordinaire and this pizza is a delicious example of her culinary skills.

This pizza reminds me of a place that my roommates and I ordered from in LA often: cruzerpizza.com. They have stellar gluten-free  pizzas and they use the same vegan friendly cheese Diane suggests. My  friends Maya and Linda recommended it to me one day and if you know Maya and Linda, they are the authority on anything and everything great.

Diane and Eleisha share a blog with another good friend, Lindsay, but unfortunately they don’t post in it too often. Hopefully they find time to post in it soon so I can share it with you, but for now I am able to reveal Diane’s genius recipe with you here.

Behold:

Diane’s Delicious Cauliflower Pizza

3 cups cauliflower – approx 1/2 large head, grated (in food processor is easiest)
3 eggs
1/4 cup daiya vegan “cheese” (or 1/2 cup normal people cheese)
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp chili flakes
1/2 tsp garlic powder

Preheat over to 400.
Line a cookie sheet that has sides with parchment paper.
Stir all ingredients together until thoroughly mixed and press with hands into prepared cookie sheet until it is evenly spread over the pan.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until it starts to turn golden.
Remove from the oven and let cool before adding toppings.

Pizza sauce:

1 soup can size tomato sauce (12 oz)
1 small can tomato paste
1 Tbsp oil (grapeseed or olive)
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 garlic clove
1 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar

Add the ingredients to a blender and blend until everything is incorporated.

Distribute the pizza sauce onto the crust and then place whatever toppings your little heart desires.  Top with either a teeny amount of daiya cheese (it has a strong flavour) or normal amounts of regular cheese and pop it back in the oven at 400 until everything is melty and good.  Broil (watching carefully) until the cheese browns.

 

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month of cake!

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March is my favourite month of the year. It’s almost like christmas. As most people know I am crazy about birthdays. I’m not sure why, but I’ve come to finally realize that I am that person who cares about something most people try to avoid. I’m sure it’s annoying but I can’t stop myself.  Half of my family are Pieces and I love meeting others who are born in the same month as I secretly believe we are instantly connected because of it. Crazy talk!

Here is a breakdown of the family birthdays:

Levi (husband):  Feb 28
Dakota (nephew):  March 1
Dad: March 3
Riley (nephew): March 4
Chandra (niece): March 10
Crystal (amazing cousin): March 11
Myself: March 12
Matthew and Arnie (my youngest and oldest brother): March 16

This year was my dad’s 75th birthday party and my family was able to rally together again for a surprise birthday party (we did one for his 70th as well). It went off without a hitch, he was completely surprised and it was nice to see some of my brothers who live around Vancouver. My dad was recently in the hospital for some time so it was a great for us all to see him in better health.

The day before the surprise party my nieces and nephews along with a few friends  and I went to Launch Pad. It’s this amazing place with wall to floor trampolines. I’m going to try to go there as much as possible because I’m pretty sure it’s going to be shut down soon. When we went on Friday night it was over capacity and rules were hardly adhered to. It was amazing and liberating as an adult – basically it’s my happy place.

The trampoline pictures are mostly blurry – but they are kind of awesome that way.

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