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cauliflower pizza crust: no flour, no worries

cauliflower pizza crust: no flour, no worries

Finally! I’ve waited so long to show you this cauliflower pizza crust, it felt like ages. But I wanted to create a bulletproof recipe first, learn the tricks so that I can share them with you. Now I think I have a pretty good one and I have an evidence for it too. I prepared the pizza yesterday, but it disappeared in a couple of minutes and now my boyfriend – who absolutely hates shopping – is trying to persuade me right now to go and buy some cauliflower ‘just in case’.  🙂

The pros for the cauliflower pizza crust

For those who haven’t tried the cauliflower pizza crust before: don’t be afraid of the taste, it’s barely recognizable. I’m not that into cauliflower either, but I couldn’t spot that funny taste this time. According to my boyfriend’s mother it’s like an ordinary pizza with lots of veggies. Fair enough, don’t you think? Surely it won’t give you the same fluffy and crunchy white flour experience, but for me it’s been a long time since I ate something like that. And I’m not missing it either when I’m able to have a healthier choice which is also great.

For me it’s a huge relief that I don’t feel tired and fatigue after eating, like I usually do after eating pizzas made of gluten-free flours. Besides cauliflower pizza crust is good for the metabolism and the blood sugar level won’t be much affected by it either. And our bathroom scale won’t be shocked the day after. As for me, I’m completely satisfied.

And here’s one more big plus: the cauliflower pizza crust can be prepared easier and faster than the original one. I will tell you all the tricks I learned recently, and you’ll see it’s a piece of cake 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1 large cauliflower head
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • salt
  • pepper
  • oregano
  • nutmeg
  • thyme

Serves 2

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 180 °C.

2. Grate the cleansed cauliflower. You can either use a box grater or a food processor as well, the goal is to get rice-like cauliflower pieces. I used a stick mixer yesterday, so the result was little finer, almost like potato puree. See:

cauliflower crust pizza
grated cauliflower

3. Tip all the cauliflower in a large bowl and microwave for 7 minutes or until soft.

4. Place onto a clean tea towel and let it cool. Then scrunch up the tea towel and squeeze as much liquid as you can out of the cauliflower. It will be a surprisingly huge amount. And be careful not to burn your hand!

cauliflower crust pizza
tea towel and nail swag

5. Transfer the squeezed cauliflower in a dry bowl and mix in the egg, mozzarella, salt, pepper and spices. Once combined, mound the mix into the center of a tray, then use your hands to spread it out as good as you can. Mine looked like this:

cauliflower pizza crust
before baking

6. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden and crispy on the edges:

pizza crust
almost done

7. Top the pizza with anything you like and then bake it again until the cheese is melted. For this pizza we used homemade tomato sauce, black and green olives, mozzarella cheese, tomatoes (sliced and drained), artichoke, red peppers, red onion, pesto and meat.

toppings
before
pizza
after

You can decorate it with leafy greens. Bon appétit! 🙂

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7 reasons why it’s awesome to have a sister

7 reasons why it’s awesome to have a sister

I’ve always wanted to have a sister. I wanted it so hard that I announced in the kindergarten that soon our family would grow – the funny thing was that at the time it wasn’t true. My parents didn’t even plan it yet. So when the teachers congratulated my mother she was a bit surprised. I told Gerda a few years later that she wouldn’t have been born if it wasn’t for me, because after my announcement our parents were forced to have a second child. 😀

I was already 6 years old, when my sister was born. Since then life hasn’t been the same: we have our ups and downs, but I still think her existence and our relationship is one of the best things in my life.

This list will be a little different from the usual ones where obvious things are recorded like ‘I can always count on her’ or ‘I can steel her clothes’. I wanted to create a list which represents our unique and twisted life together.

  1. She puts chocolate and sweets in my pockets, drawers, bags – basically everywhere. Maybe she is training my willpower, or just wants me to get fat. I’m not sure yet. But still, I’m always smiling when I find one of her treats.
  2. We have our own language. For example ‘I have painted my nails on my left hand’ means you have something sticking out of your left nostril and it’s gross. Pretty useful, right?
  3. She is the perfect partner in crime. We had a bunny named Samu when we were children, but he had to stay in the garden and wasn’t allowed to be inside our house. When our parents weren’t at home, we would bring him in our room and teach him tricks or feed him with biscuits he liked. Naturally he would always leave some dirt behind, so when our mum or dad got home, one of us would entertain them while the other cleans the evidences.
  4. She has pretty clothes. And yes, we are almost the same size… It’s okay to borrow each other’s stuff, but first we have to go through our ritual which is the following. She offers me clothes one by one and I refuse them while complaining how strange they look or something like that. At the end when she gets pissed off I pick one of the offered ones and realize how great it is. We do this every time and it works perfectly 🙂
  5. She understands my (secret) affection towards stuffed animals. And bought me Pjotr, the rat from IKEA I was too embarrassed to buy myself at the age of 25.
  6. I can truly be myself beside her, she doesn’t judge me. Even if I eat 4 cookies in a row at night and make a hysterical monologue about my figure right after that.
  7. My sister is just as messed up as me. Yesterday when we walked down the road we got so scared because of a strange noise behind our backs that we screamed like two piglets. This strange noise came from a four year old boy who was playing around with his basketball.

Thank you for all the amazing moments together <3 Cheers for our sisters! 🙂

my sister, our mom and I
damn, it feels good to be a gangsta

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