Archive | June, 2012

Cauliflower (California) Pizza

28 Jun

Well, I started school again after a semester off.  So far so good.  But, in classic college student fashion, I want pizza!  The only problem with that is that I’m still trying to lose vacation weight.  It’s slowly but surely coming off, but pizza is not in the diet plan.  After a little searching on the internet I came across a pretty awesome blog called Rabbit Food for my Bunny Teeth, and found this recipe. 

The only thing I did to alter the original recipe was that I wanted to use up the entire head of cauliflower, which made six cups of shredded cauliflower.  I made that into two pizzas and just added 1 1/2 times the amount of everything called for, except for the eggs, I added two to each “dough”.  It’s kinda hard to half an egg, lol.

I keep trying to call this Cauliflower Pizza, but my mind keeps thinking California Pizza.  I think that’s a good name for it!  Maybe I just have California on the mind.  It’s highly likely.

I highly recommend you give this a try.  It’s not exactly regular pizza, but it not far off either, and you would never know you were eating cauliflower if you didn’t make it yourself or someone told you.  There’s surprisingly quite a bit of flavor that comes from the spices you add into the crust and it makes the whole house smell good once it goes into the oven. 

I’ve read some complaints about other cauliflower crusts, how you can’t pick it up like regular pizza and that it has to be eaten with a fork.  I assure you that I didn’t have this problem at all…even though I was armed with a  fork just in case.

Here’s some drool-worthy pics for you to check out:

 

cauliflower pizza crustCooked califlower pizza crust

The crust before and after it’s cooked.  You can see it starts to resemble a dough more after it’s been cooked.

Cauliflower Pizza Done

And the final product!  I’m going to be honest here, it tastes even better than it looks!

Sempre (Forever)

13 Jun

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After reading the Fifty Shades series, and not really loving it but being interested in the genre, I decided to look for something similar to read. I was in the mood for a romantic love story (I know, so not like me). I searched for what felt like forever before stumbling on a forum where the participants were discussing similar books. There was a list of books that started as Twilight fan-fiction (just like Fifty Shades did). I was reluctant to take the risk of reading an exact replica of Twilight or Fifty Shades, but luckily for me Amazon had a preview of the first five chapters available. I ended up being hooked and purchased the Kindle version for $2.99 before I even finished the free sample.

Have no fear, this isn’t Twilight, and it’s not Fifty Shades, but I think it’s a nice combination of the two wrapped up in a different setting. I enjoyed this so much more than Fifty Shades!

Sempre (Forever) by J.M. Darhower is all about young love, finding your soul-mate, finding yourself, and overcoming the obstacles of life….ok, not normal life, mafia life. There aren’t repetitive sex scenes (which I appreciated), but there are a few. You’ll be reading for a while before you find the first one though.

I really enjoyed this book, it kept my interest the entire time. And especially when you take into consideration that this is a self-published book I’d say it deserves at least four out of five stars.

Ok, enough with the sappy romances, I’m starting Game of Thrones book two, A Clash of Kings! Time for blood and gore and sword fights, lol. I have a feeling I’ll be ready for another romance by the time I’m done with that!

A Game of Thrones – A Song of Ice and Fire #1

5 Jun

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I finally finished book one of the Game of Thrones series. I can’t say that I’m surprised by anything that happened, because I had already watched all of season one. The book and the tv show are so close to each other which I can really appreciate. It drives me crazy when a movie or tv show is so far from the written version, and this stays very true to the original Of course there is more detail in the 835 page book, but by first seeing the characters on screen I was much better able to distinguish between the dozens of main characters (which can still be confusing at times).

I have a few favorite characters, Arya, Jon, Daenerys (Dany), and probably my most favorite are the direwolves, Ghost in particular. I think it goes without saying that Sansa is my LEAST favorite. That girl is horrible. In that regard Prince/King Joffrey is perfect for her, even though she goes from completely smitten to pure hatred for him by the end. She deserves him and worse. Yep, not a Sansa fan, lol.

There were a few memorable quotes from this first book. Of course we can’t forget to mention that “Winter is coming.” They repeated that at least 100 times if they said it once. It’s weird because they say winter, and even though they speak of it being cold and harsh, they can only mean war. And, as the book is nearing its end that is exactly what we see happening. Robb, Ned’s oldest (not bastard) son is leading an army to fight against the Lannisters. I couldn’t have been happier to see Jaime caught by Robb’s army….unless they would have beheaded him then and there, but that has yet to happen.

Another of the memorable quotes mention several times throughout is “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.” That seems to be all too true as people are dying left and right in this book. Why do they have to kill off the good guys and let the bad guys prevail time and time again. Maybe it’s to keep us reading hoping that the bad guys finally get what’s coming to them. I can only hope!

My favorite from the entire book is “Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.” These words ring true for anyone in any situation.

Now that the dragon has been woken I can’t wait to see what happens!

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read, who enjoys getting lost in a different world. The depth of this book will have you hooked. I’m not normally a person who would read a fantasy novel about kings, queens, beheadings, and dragons, but I’m willing to call this one the exception to the rule. I did stop a few times for some lighter reading, but I still kept coming back to this book.