As usual, Cornwall is getting the usual summer heavy rain downpours….this is nothing new to us here…so, unless you can get yourself a tent like this…
….you are either playing in the puddles, dancing in the rain or having your very own adventure indoors, throw up that pop up tent and fling out the picnic blanket on your living room floor….win, win situation folks….
Perfect picnic food….the cauliflower base pizza, we finally tried it out….
The base was wetter than I had thought it would be so there was no rolling it out like a dough and I think I should have squished it a bit thinner to make it crispier with cooking but as I like pizza but it’s not my favourite food I actually preferred this…We had lots of chili spice in our base and no dried herbs and on the top we had tinned tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, olives, goats cheese, feta cheese and mushrooms. We served it up with potato wedges baked in Lucy Bee Extra Virgin Fair Trade Organic Raw Coconut Oil 300ml
and salt…so tasty!!
If you want to have a go at the recipe yourself here you go – (we used ordinary plain flour as I had no buckwheat)
FOR THE BASE
|1||medium cauliflower, roughly chopped|
|2||eggs, lightly beaten|
|2 teaspoons||mixed dried herbs|
|pinch||Dukkah spiced seed mix|
|or||dried chilli flakes|
|1 tablespoon||lucy bee coconut oil, melted|
|ground black pepper|
FOR THE TOMATO SAUCE
|1 tablespoon||lucy bee coconut oil|
|3||large garlic cloves, crushed|
|1 x 400g||tin chopped tomatoes|
|1 teaspoon||mixed dried herbs|
|or 3||fresh thyme sprigs, (optional)|
- Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a flat baking tray (a non-stick pizza baking tray is ideal) with baking parchment.
- Blitz the cauliflower in a food processor until it resembles rice grains. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the beaten eggs, buckwheat flour, herbs, spiced seed mix or chilli flakes, and some seasoning. Knead the mixture to a dough-like consistency.
- Roll out the dough evenly and thinly on the lined tray, making either one or two bases. A good technique is to spread out the dough, place cling film over the top and, using a rolling pin, roll out. Using a pastry brush, brush the melted coconut oil over each base. Bake in the oven for 25–30 minutes, until crispy.
- Meanwhile, to make the tomato sauce, melt the coconut oil in a saucepan, add the garlic and sauté until golden, then add the chopped tomatoes, lemon juice and herbs. Simmer for 20 minutes uncovered until the sauce almost resembles a paste, taking care as the sauce may stick to the pan.
- Spread the tomato sauce over the cooked bases and add your choice of toppings. If the toppings need cooking, cook in the oven for a further 15 minutes.
- Buffalo mozzarella and fresh basil Goat’s cheese and watercress , olives and crumbled feta Smoked salmon and rocket (add just before serving)
There are so many tasty recipes in this book, I have now moved on to a salmon recipe for later in the week…
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Now I have started this a little late after having to watch the first episode of season 7 of Pretty Little Liars….oooooh it was good!! So just a tiny bit of inspiration for indoors picnics for you before I drift off for bedtime reading….
So, rain or shine….use your imagination….have some fun…