Off the cuff Fridays 4/10- Cauliflower crust pizza base

Is it Friday already? This week has gone by so fast I swear I was holed up in the library just yesterday…instead of Saturday! For those of you who follow me on Instagram, expect to see more tupperware meals this weekend- I’m forcing myself to hang out in the library to finish these damn papers! My goal is to rip out 2 big ones on Saturday and then reward myself Sunday with brunch out with friends…who am I kidding, thats going to happen regardless! Anyway, seeing as its Friday, its time for some Off the Cuff ramblings with some #strangebutgood action!

Also, for those of you who haven’t entered yet, the Quest Bar Giveaway ends Monday night, so get those entries in!

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First things first, I think all of you bloggers should wake up 3 hours earlier and post then. Why? So I don’t have to wait a whole 12 hours until I can read your posts 😉 [or move to Australia] 

My mum put a kabocha and pumpkin ban on me because she said the orange on my palms were far too evident. I baked up a batch of potatoes….2 kg to be exact. Maybe the whiteness of the potatoes will make my palms whiter THUS ridding the orange tinge.

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However, its breast cancer awareness month here in Australia, and some smart farmers have grown (naturally) pink pumpkins! Seeing as they are pink, technically they aren’t orange… so technically I’m not breaking any of mum’s rules to roast some up. Besides, its for a good cause, right?!

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Remember when I tried to make savory kabocha sexy? In an attempt to keep the momento going, I have THREE savory kabocha/pumpkin recipes up my sleeve if anyone is keen-

  • Single serving kabocha and mushroom lasagna
  • Ricotta, pumpkin and mushroom gnocchi
  • Roasted pumpkin, spinach and leek quiche

I sometimes love walking around Melbourne city. All you coffee drinkers, rejoice and get your twerk on!

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Anybody remember the the MTV show, Cribs? I remember always going over to my mates place who had pay TV and would be jealous of all the houses people my age lived in. Although there is one I would trade places with in a second…

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Who here has heard of Bundz? Well neither did I! But after FINALLY finishing my 1kg block of cheddar, It was time to venture out to try a new cheese. Friends, if you love goats cheese you would lust over Bundz. Bundz is a soft Polish cheese which I found to be slightly more mild. I put it in my egg scramble with brinner and…yes. Its a winner. (Haha, rhyme too. Winner winner brinner dinner)

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Speaking of winners, the cauliflower crust has easily been a trend which has taken over the blog world by storm. When I first saw it, I must admit to being skeptical. Why replace something already so good, with an imitation? Secondly, the beauty of a pizza is to NOT use cutlery and use it as the perfect excuse to eat with your hands. How could a crust primarily made of cauliflower do that? Well, after my first attempt I must admit I was sold. Although you could tell it definitely was not a classic dough and yeast crust, for a vegetable substitute- it came darn close! The first recipe I followed was the typical cauliflower, shredded cheese and egg variation but I was keen on trying a variation without cheese in the crust- purely so I could overload the top of it with it! So today, I have not one, but TWO variations of the cauliflower crust pizza base- one with a #strangebutgood twist to it! Thank you Laura for hosting the strange appreciation- be sure to hit up her page and get those creative juices flowing! For downright awesome recipes around the (globe) blog world, hit up Kierston and try not to salivate on your computer!

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Cauliflower pizza base # 1

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Serves- 1 hungry twerker

Ingredients-

  • 1/2 raw cauliflower, grated/riced
  • 1 T coconut flour
  • 2 T nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp mixed italian herbs
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (Optional but highly recommended)
  • 1 egg + 1 egg white

Added ingredients for #strangebutgood twist (Omit egg white)

  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese (can sub for cottage cheese)
  • Handful of baby spinach, chopped finely
  • 2 T of feta cheese, crumbled (30 grams)
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  2. Using a cheese grater or food processor, rice cauliflower. Squeeze out the excess liquid and place into a mixing bowl
  3. Add in coconut flour, nutritional yeast, Italian herbs, garlic powder and onion powder. Mix until well combined. Add in the egg and egg white and ensure all ingredients are well combined
  4. (#Strangebutgood step)- Slowly stir in the baby spinach, ricotta and crumbled feta cheese until well combined
  5. On an oven proof tray (preferably a pizza tray), place a large piece of baking paper and spray generously with cooking oil. Drop the batter in the centre of the tray and spread out into a pizza shape then put in the heated oven and keep in there for approximately 20-25 minutes
  6. Check up on the pizza and if golden on top, remove the pizza with the baking paper off the tray. Place a new sheet of baking paper, spray with cooking oil and then carefully, transfer the pizza upside down on the new baking paper so the other side can cook. Place back into the oven and cook for another 10-15 minutes until golden on top.
  7. Remove from the oven and top with desired toppings- I spread basil pesto, a thin layer of cheese, roasted zucchini and then topped with more cheese. Place back in the oven until cheese has melted.
  8. Eat immediately and leave the cutlery behind.. this beauty can be picked up with your bare hands!

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Note- I am not going to claim this to be a perfect replica of that doughy goodness of a traditional pizza, however for a lighter base and a different twist- this satisfies the bill!

Hope you all have a great weekend, and pop back on Sunday for the return of the International Blogger Spotlight! 

Have you ever tried Bundz? What is the most unique cheese you have tried?

Favourite MTV produced show? Hands down, Daria. Cartoon gold.

Do you have any big plans for this weekend? Come hang with me in the library. Pancake [tupperware] par-tay.

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51 thoughts on “Off the cuff Fridays 4/10- Cauliflower crust pizza base

  1. Coconut flour in it! Iiiiiinteresting… I’m going to try that in my recipe, subbing coconut for half with my quinoa flakes. It’s going to be an exciting weekend!

    BUT I don’t want none unless you got Bundz, hon. 😉

    Twerk on, my #strangebutgood male counterpart.

  2. I love that cauliflower crust!! Yummy!!

    I used to love cribs all the houses were just ott! My favorite was Mariah Carey having a shoe room, not a shoe closet but an entire room for her shoes, genius!!

    Happy Friday! Good luck with those papers tomorrow, I so do not miss writing assignments one little bit. I used to go to the state library as it made it easier to concentrate as so many others were studying too and I had less FOMO thoughts!

  3. I’ve never tried a pizza with cauliflower crust before but it looks really good. Gotta try it some day. I never knew that naturally grown pumpkins could actually be pink! I love cheese so I’m definitely going to look into Bundz, it it’s sold here that is. And I totally agree that bloggers should just post earlier. (I live in Taiwan so our time zones are pretty close.)

  4. Omg, I LOVE you! Wait…can I say that? Is it too soon? Please don’t run away! Here, let me explain…

    1. Savory squash! Omg, totally blowing my mind over here with the recipe collection! Plus, I’ve not yet attained my orange glow, but it’s one of my goals for the month…you know, if I was actually the type of person to sick down and make goals.
    2. Cheese!
    3. Cheesy rhymes!
    4. And seriously, I said the SAME exact thing about the cauli crust pizzas with cheese….I must put the cheese ON the pizza…not in it! Load ‘er up!
    5. Ricotta and feta!? Why have I never tried this?!
    6. Daria was the freaking best show MTV ever aired!
    7. And just because I can’t end with six and seven happens to be my lucky number…TERKOLATER!

    Oh, and I love Vegemite! See, we were obviously meant to be! Lol

    PS, quit telling people about the Quest giveaway…you’re screwing my odds!

    Most interesting cheese: blueberry cinnamon goat cheese, but I do have an apple rum raisin stilton in the fridge waiting to be tasted!

    1. love is in the air 😉 Lets hope the man friend doesn’t see this. Or maybe I should save it and use it as evidence to get recipes off you 😉

      Why put cheese IN the crust when you end up not even tasting it. Waste of cheese! Try it with the ricotta and feta mixed in AND add extra cheese on top. Four cheese pizza to new heights!

      I bought the daria box set and watched it over 3 days…so worth it. Those cheeses sound amazing- Australia are so creative here too. We have cheddar. Sharp cheddar. and if your lucky, Extra sharp cheddar. Oh there’s also reduced fat cheddar. Winning.

  5. I LOLed at that Harry Potter pic haha

    I am soooo sceptical about cauliflower pizza… I tried cauliflower ‘rice’ and ‘mash’ and thought both were disgusting!

    1. I must say, I’m not a huge fan of cauliflower rice, and the only times I have liked it was mixed with normal rice lol. Defeats the purpose. Cauliflower mash on the other hand- make it with milk, cheese and add butter- its really good!

  6. Firstly I love your “Off the Cuff” graphic- very cute! And HELL YES about MTV Cribs- I used to watch it religiously back in the day. That might be partly due to the fact that MTV played it on repeat but nonetheless, it was always enjoyable. DId you ever watch Punk’d with Ashton Kutcher- so hilarious! And I have to echo Heather about publicising your Quest giveaway. For our sake, please don’t :D!

  7. Is it sad that I’m Polish and yet I’ve never heard of Bundz cheese? Clearly my parents didn’t have their priorities straight when they were raising me. I mean… who cares about language and history — cheese is where it’s at! 😛 And that coffee sign… dying over here. I need to get my fave Bux joint on that, stat.

    I have to admit that I’m a bit skeptical when it comes to cauliflower crusts, although I don’t know why, seeing as I pretty much love a tonne of strange food combos. OH! ANd I -just- got back into nutritional yeast after a few years without it, and holy.smokes… may we never be parted again.

    1. No way! I would have assumed it would be like their cheddar 😉 but actually, I have a Polish friend whom growing up, whenever I ate meals at her place it would be stews with these doughy balls in it (great description) but something like dumplings? She said it was typically Polish :p

      I think you should twerk outside it and wait for all the goodness to come at you. See if this experiment works! Give it a go- I made it with your hummus pumpkin spread and it was amazing!

  8. DARIA!!!! please forgive me for never seeing HP because at least I was obsessed with Daria!

    Also how is it OTC Friday’s already? Thankfully this week flew by. Crust looks delish. Cauliflower crust gets a bad rep cause well it isn’ exactly doughy pizza crust but for the amount of veggies you pack in and the significantly better food profile I’ll take it! Love the twist 🙂

    1. You are slightly closer to being in my good graces 😉 Daria is so damn witty.

      Give the crust a go! The high vegetable content gives you the perfect excuse to eat it with a side of garlic bread- which may be the reason i opt for this over traditional dough 😉

  9. 1. Theeere are the pink pumpkins! So pretty :-p
    2. I’ve never heard of Bundz cheese, but I need to get on that. Goat cheese is pretty much my favourite thing ever, so I think I’d be a fan.
    3. I’ve been skeptical to try cauliflower crust, but I trust your judgement so now I may have to give a shot. Also, nutritional yeast – still need to hop on that bandwagon.
    4. I miss Daria. Soooooo much better than anything the Jersey Shore kids ever did.

    1. Naturally grown too! Give the crust a shot- I was the biggest skeptic, but it works and you can chuck a bunch of toppings on top AND have the garlic bread on the side 😉

      Daria > Jersey Shore. Gee, Quinn.

  10. So ya… I don’t really like cheese much so I probably wouldn’t be a fan of Bundz. I was in dairy contest for FFA at school one year and after one practice of having to taste test cheese the whole time I just had enough and quit. Haha.

    Great addition of nutritional yeast to the crust. I’ve made cauliflower crust a few times but if we have any particularly good-looking cauliflower at the store this weekend I will try out your recipe.

  11. I’ve really got to get on the cauliflower crust bandwagon. It seriously sounds so awesome and your pizzas look delicious! My husband and I love Daria too! In fact, a month or so ago we watched the show again on Amazon prime. It’s SO good!

    1. Thanks Holly! Its nothing like a real, doughy pizza, but for a vegetable twist- it works well! Don’t forget the garlic bread on the side. Oh Daria. I may have bought the box set and watched it all over 3 days.

    1. So I’m clearly procrastinating again…oops. I’m excited to see what this post will be about- I love nutrition related ones! Give the crust a go- its no pizza hut but because its vegetable based, you can go to town on breadsticks 😉

  12. Bahahaha that coffee chalkboard is so good. I NEED to try cauliflower crust!! All the recipes I have seen use eggs though, I wonder if I could figure it out without eggs!

    1. If I came to your starbucks and twerked, I’d hope good things would come to me 😉

      The egg is mainly used as a binder, but if you increase the coconut flour and use some milk or maybe use a chia gel or flax egg, it should work! 🙂

  13. No pumpkin for you! But cauliflower pizza is a way to still maintain awesome eats 🙂
    I’m still waiting to try goats cheese! I just can’t summon up the courage to go without a little feta here and there – it’s my salad staple lately.

    I’ll take my coffee – but refuse to twerk until I am in the privacy of my own room 😛

  14. Holy recipe explosion batman. I’m lucky if I can post one, and here you go throwing five out there. You’re a machine and I’m happy to see you embracing the spuds. Potatoes are some of my favorite things because you can dress them up, smack it, flip it, rub it down oh no….
    I used to love The Real World on MTV. In fact, the first season was the first ever reality TV show, and I was around for it. Dammit, now I just aged myself. Ignore that last bit and keep on cheesing…another one of my favorite things.
    Thanks for the info on cauliflower crusts. Much like you, I’m skeptical, although I do love some cauliflower, but I got big plans to roast mine and then cover it in a blue cheese vinaigrette. Heaven. Right after I go pick up a loaf of bread at my favorite place!

    1. A machine who procrasti-bakes instead of studying. I think the question is, what CAN’T you do with the humble spud?

      Sorry I just had to reread that- blue cheese vinagrette- That sounds amazing. The greatest burger I ever ate was a simple beef burger with crumbled blue cheese on top… damn you have me craving that now! Never thought to roast cauliflower in that way!

      Just rub in your amazing bakeshop why don’t you.

  15. Wahoo! I ‘ran’ here as quickly as I could after finding out you posted the recipe! It looks fantastic.
    It’s funny because I actually noticed that the times you comment and post are directly parallel to normal times in Australia, which is the oddest times in America. 🙂
    Cribs was SO popular here like 10 years ago and I loved seeing all the celebrity houses. I always wondered how they lived in such big places, I would feel so lonely all the time.

    1. Thanks Tara- glad you ‘ran’ here….if only such things were possible through a computer.

      LOL, It feels so strange posting Wednesday or Friday posts when you guys are still in the middle of your thursdays! I agree- I’d hate to live in a huge house all alone…I’d trade places with them, sell their stuff and then buy a pimp pad.

  16. That cauliflower crust sounds yummy!! I’m excited to give it a try! That Harry Potter photo is too funny. I have a secret obsession with watching the end of Extreme Makeover home edition to see all the cool gadgets, and of course, the ah-mazing kitchen!!

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