Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Dear fudge cake, you're evil!

Processed foods make me feel sick - why do I keep eating them?!!!! Is it cause I have no self control when it comes down to cakes, cookies, chips, donuts, etc. That's just a sad thing to think about. Damn you artificial flavors and preservatives!!! I have to keep telling myself that the sugar in processed foods only create a vicious cycle. I crave sweet, I eat sweet, I feel sick, yet I crave more sweet right after and the cycle repeats itself.

This is more of a note to myself - a way of getting it off my mind and on paper - maybe when I'm swaying back and forth about whether I should be eating a slice of cake, I'll remember that it physically makes me feel sick. IT PHYSICALLY MAKES ME SICK!!!! Lather, rinse, and repeat!!!!!!!!!

Is there anyone out there that has this same problem? Anyone?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Cheesy Cauliflower Pancakes - Yes, please!

I love cauliflower, but other than in a zesty salad, roasted, or steamed, I didn't know how else to prepare it.
That is until I came across this recipe on Pinterest that had my taste buds wanting more after each bite! The recipe I followed, and have copied below, comes from the blog A Good Appetite. It was almost like eating cheese biscuits. I would have never imagined cauliflower tasting so yummilicious!!!

The Recipe:

Cheesy Cauliflower Pancakes

1 head cauliflower
2 large eggs
1/2 c cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 c panko
1/2 t cayenne pepper (more of less to taste)
olive oil

Cut cauliflower into florets & cook in boiling water until tender about 10 minutes. Drain. Mash the cauliflower while still warm. Stir cheese, eggs, panko, cayenne & salt to taste.

Coat the bottom of a griddle or skillet with olive oil over medium-high heat. Form the cauliflower mixture into patties about 3 inches across. Cook until golden brown & set, about 3 minutes per side. Keep each batch warm in the oven while you cook the rest.

Makes 8 pancakes

Changes I made:

* I mixed in a handful of finely minced chives into the batter - it gave it more flavor.
* I added more panko as I see fit in order to make the batter less liquidy.
* Next time, I will drain the cauliflower in a colinder for a couple of minutes before mashing to give it a chance to relieve some retained water from the boiling.
* I will also work off of a larger pan or two medium sized pans so that I can do it in one sitting - I might even try to bake it instead.