Saturday, August 25, 2012

Wedding bells

One of my bunko buddies got married today at the duck pond, so up the hill I went at 1:00 pm for their special day.
Doesn't the minister/Harley rider look like Farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell) from one of the Star Trek movies (First Contact)? In case you don't know, the answer is yes. Yes he does. After the ceremony at the park, the party was moved to the P-town Elk's Lodge on Clark for the reception. Three other gals from bunko were there too, so we all headed over together.

The bride was escorted in a 1951 Hudson that was a registered historic vehicle. Very, very beautiful. It looked exactly like Doc Hudson from CARS. Instead of a cake, Rebecca had gourmet cupcakes at the reception, but I didn't stay long enough to get one. Not that I'm supposed to be eating wheat anyways, but I probably would have cheated. My bunko gals and I were scoping out the flavor descriptions that were on little cards next to the display. Irish Car Bombs, Junior Mints, Blackberry Lemonade, Ba Da Bing, Buttered Rum, and some others that just sounded like heaven. It was a great afternoon with friends celebrating a very happy event for our dear friend Rebecca who'd lost her teenage daughter to cancer a few years ago. Many happy wishes for her new marriage.

When I got home the boy was off at a Chico Sports Boosters brewfest fundraiser at the Chico Elk's Lodge from some work friends. So I decided it was the perfect night to experiment with a new pizza recipe from my friend, Face, that uses cauliflower as the crust. First I used the food processor to grind up a whole head of cauliflower, then I nuked it for 7 minutes to cook it and let it sit until it cooled down. Next I dumped it onto a tea towel and wrung it out until dry before mixing it with an egg and some mozzarella cheese and a bunch of seasonings. Finally I took the whole mess and patted it out on a piece of parchment paper to the shape of a pizza crust while the oven, and pizza stone, heated up to 450 degrees.
Once ready, I slid the parchment paper onto the stone and cooked the "crust" for 17 minutes. Then I topped it with sauce, cheese, pepperoni, olives and basil and slid it under the broiler for a few minutes until everything was hot and melted.
The verdict? Delicious! I would have eaten the whole thing if I hadn't already eaten some appetizers at the wedding reception. Now to see how it settles with me tomorrow. Cauliflower is a "yellow" food meaning I need to limit my ingestion of it because of it's sugars or be prepared to suffer the painful consequences. So, if I feel good tomorrow and Monday then I will definitely be putting this on my regular pizza rotation. Good recipe Face!

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