Becoming an adult means a lot of different things to a lot of different people and there’s so many ways for us to measure our own points of ‘officially’ becoming adults. Whether it be that we pick up discount items with a sense of pride or that we suddenly love gardening. Is there something you do now that you didn’t think you would as an adult?
Being an adult means watching countless hours of #allmymovies and relishing every moment because how will the world go on without a smiling, exhausted Shia LaBeouf to enthrall? Or eating gummy bears for breakfast, drowned down with chocolate milk. It means binge watching your way through a new Netflix show because you can and there is no bed time except for the one of ‘common sense’ that only you can choose to follow. Yes, there are many things we do once we are grown ups, but sometimes the realization of being a grown up can happen all very suddenly and in a subtle way.
On a recent phone call to my mother when she told me she had had asparagus for breakfast and my disgust was apparent, her remark was “it’s healthy for you.” Without hesitation I admitted that “I’m a grown up and I can eat whatever I want.” This realization was only made last year when I noticed people going into a fast food franchise and wondered how they’d been raised, then realized I could actually go in there myself, what was stopping me? It was the notion I shouldn’t, but my parents are thousands of miles from me and now all that is left is what they raised me on.
So no asparagus for me, at least not often. We laughed over my declaration that I’m a grown up, but somehow I’ve convinced myself to eat cauliflower, an ingredient I have never much liked. I would rather eat an entire head of broccoli over this flower I wouldn’t much be pleased to be gifted. That was before the renaissance of cauliflower in gluten free dishes, though this dish was reluctantly tried (how strong is the taste of cauliflower in this? was one question that kept me away from making it for a while) and now I’ve made this pizza several times.
The only thing that is a little time consuming is making grinding the head of cauliflower up and then cooking it for 20 minutes before the toppings can be added. But if you feel down to try something new on this Friday evening then don’t hesitate to pick up this vegetable on the way home and slowly make this pizza with whatever toppings you enjoy on any old pizza over a drink to celebrate the fact it’s Friday.
Have a great weekend friends.
Adapted from BBCGoodFood
1 cauliflower, green parts removed and sliced into 2 inch pieces
1/2 cup ground almonds
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 red onion, halved and finely sliced
1/2 red pepper, seeded, cored and peeled into thin slices
3 mushrooms, halved and sliced
2 tablespoons fresh basil, roughly chopped
1/3 cup chorizo, roughly chopped and cooked
1 1/2 cups grated cheese
Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and preheat the oven to 200C/390F.
Place a portion of the cauliflower in a bowl and blend until finely chopped (it should be fine without any large lumps). Set aside and continue with the remaining cauliflower.
Place the chopped cauliflower in a glass bowl and microwave on high (or steam) until soft (approximately 4 minutes).
Spoon the cauliflower into a clean tea towel (or extra thick and strong paper towels), wringing as much water out as possible. Return to a bowl and add the almonds and egg. Mix until well combined and smooth.
Place on the baking tray and smooth out until 1/4 inch thickness.
Bake in the oven until browning on the edges, approximately 15 minutes.
Remove and spread over the toppings.
Return to the oven to bake until the cheese has melted. Approximately 10 minutes.
Remove, slice and serve immediately.