Food and Stuff

I was lucky enough to have a post birthday lunch…delivered while the Avers was napping and K was at school… and it was so good.

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Kung Pao Tofu, lamb with onions, pork and bean curd and of course dumplings ( not shown) because we did order from The Dumpling Inn.  Don’t forget the sparkling cremant, the most important part.

The Trader Joes in Pacific Beach is the one I have been hitting up lately and that is because a few streets over is a park on the bay. Now every time I mention TJ’s Kaili brings up that park and so it’s a thing, a pretty good thing.

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Averi is such a little ham and she loves her sister. What sissy has, sissy wants. If Kaili wants water, so does Aves, although Averi is more polite. She loves to say “thank you” and when she asks for “more” in sign language it’s so cute, it’s really hard not to hand her anything she wants.

unnamedI am seriously running out of food ideas for these kids. Kaili likes and dislikes food within minutes, it changes daily…I may go crazy. All that literature about having  your kid cook with you and “they will eat it” is shit, not happening. Kaili will happily be my soux chef but when it comes to eating, she refuses food faster than a vegan at a buffet.

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Kaili loves art, coloring, chalk, painting and she is getting really good at her letters. She can spell words with letter dictation. I have no doubt she is beyond ready for Kindergarten. Can you believe it? I can’t.

 

 

Eat Some Pizza

For me the best part of a pizza is the crust. The chewy and crispy deliciousness makes or breaks a pizza. When I started seeing cauliflower crust pizza recipes popping up everywhere, I will admit I was skeptical and honestly in no hurry to make it.

My husband came home from work Thursday, one day after I hit up Trader Joes to gather all I needed for our weekend menu. He says to me “I want cauliflower crust pizza this weekend”. Umm, OK.. Getting him to actually tell me what he would like to eat is like pulling teeth so I am always doing the menu planning. It figures the one time he knows what he wants I already went grocery shopping.

I went back to Trader Joes to gather ingredients to make two cauliflower crust pizzas. A Hawaiian with fresh pineapple and prosciutto and a Margherita with fresh Burrata and basil. I also grabbed a bag of their whole wheat pizza dough, ya know…just in case. Oh and I bought wine because it’s physically impossible for me to leave that store without wine!

Cauliflower crust with Burrata, Tomato and Basil
Cauliflower crust with pineapple and Prosciutto

I used this recipe and this recipe for guidance and this picture for inspiration.

So how did they turn out? Well they weren’t bad but they weren’t great either. The toppings I chose outweighed the crust, so that was a good thing. It’s not that the crust tastes bad, actually it’s pretty good, it just didn’t  have the right foundation. There is just no substitution for bread. Period.

I did  end up using the whole wheat dough. I cooked it on the pizza stone and topped it off with leftover basil, burrata and tomatoes and it was very good. I also made a mixed greens salad with goat cheese, pecans and blueberries and topped it with balsamic glaze. I wish I was eating it right now!

WW pizza with Burrata, tomatoes and basil
Blueberry, goat cheese, pecans with mixed greens
best new find at Trader Joes
mmm pizza
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