A Favorite of the Underworld

I can’t remember which retelling of the classic Persephone being dragged down by Hades to his underground kingdom but it was probably some seedy romance that tried to fill in the gaps of the storyline while enforcing the somewhat lingering fad of the whole dominating man being too proud for his own good but actually having a cuddly center that just needed to be loved by some “headstrong” woman with amazing hair and the ability to forget how headstrong she is when in the presence of the sulty dark god of the underworld. But enough about my bedtime reading for now. Whichever book it was talking about he ghostly gardens of the underworld. Of plants that mimic those above ground but requiring no sunlight to grow. When I look at steamed cauliflower I always think that it looks like the ghost of broccoli. Or maybe the vegetable garden fairies just spilled some bleach and human are all like “Ooooo!”.

Either way (because these are both valid option as to why cauliflower is the way it is), cauliflower is an interesting vegetable that has recently taken on new heights. It has the unique personality of being rather bland in the flavor department but being able to take on a rariety of textures depending on how it’s prepared. While some of the attempts at making cauliflower cool clearly fall short of the goal I’m impressed with the way that it manages to take on new flavors easily and holds up to some experimental treatment. So far one of my absolutely favorite dishes is from Woodlands, a vegetarian Indian restaurant with a buffet on the weekends that could make a lover of deliciousness die with happiness. Not sure what it is but something like battered and fried florets then mixed with other sauteed vegetables in a sauce. I really do need to find out what it’s called.

But in the meantime here are some other forms of this ghostly source of nutrients that I thoroughly approve of.

 

Balsamic Galazed Cauliflower "Wings"

Balsamic Galazed Cauliflower “Wings”

Cauliflower Au Gratin

Cauliflower Au Gratin

Parmesan Cauliflower Bites

Parmesan Cauliflower Bites

Cauliflower Tots (with a How-To video!)

Cauliflower Tots (with a How-To video!)

Spicy Cauliflower Sitr-Fry

Spicy Cauliflower Sitr-Fry

Creamy Cauliflower Garlic Rice

Creamy Cauliflower Garlic Rice

Curried Cauliflower Soup

Curried Cauliflower Soup

Lemon Garlic Roasted Cauliflower

Lemon Garlic Roasted Cauliflower

Cauliflower Chowder

Cauliflower Chowder

Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

Crispy Orange Cauliflower

Crispy Orange Cauliflower

What I Wish I Had For Lunch Today (Day Two)

 Red Lentil Cauliflower Burger with Chipotle Habanero Mayo, Onion Rings, Roasted peppers

” Red Lentil Cauliflower Burger with Chipotle Habanero Mayo, Onion Rings, Roasted peppers” from Vegan Richa

Look at that “burger”. Just look at it.Yes…. It does look a little funny. Why? It’s vegan. Oh don’t “Ew!” me! It looks amazing and I don’t care. It’s better than what I’ve got going on. If it weren’t for the loving care of my over worked mother and our crock pot I wouldn’t have the soup I have today and then it would be like yesterday all over again. Sigh… Yesterday. I’m so glad today isn’t yesterday. Confidentiality won’t allow me to reveal details but we’ll just leave it at: THESE STUDENTS ARE MAKING ME INSANE!!!!! I’m so ready for this year and these students to move on so we can get a new crop and try over again.

But this week is looking grim in the land of lunchtime overall. So behind on work after dealing with medical emergencies and trying to finalize my paperwork and trying to get *&^%$#@!#$%^&^%$#@#$%^&* reimbursed for buying supplies for my students. I’m out over $100 because of a miss-written note I’m pretty sure no auditor would have minded. I have a feeling… No I’m not going to say that. That’s just the hunger and lack of sleep talking.

I’m too tired to eat meat. I know that sounds silly but I was vegetarian long enough that eating meat sort of takes the energy out of me and makes feel sluggish and heavy. But I want a burger. So I’ll settle for a veggie burger and this one looks just fine.

I know the title of this post is “Day Two” even though it’s technically day one. We’ll just say that today is day two of my trails and the first day I feel like talking about it. I think it might be the day I take a nap before bed tonight. Look out for more posts on lunches all this week. Eat well, Foodie Nation. Eat well and slumber.

The Morning After…

Mushrooms & Vegetables with Feta

“Mushrooms & Vegetables with Feta” from KwestiaSmaku

Sooooo…. I’ve kind of been overdoing it this month. The parties, the eating out, the drinking, the not exercising. And the last couple of days I could feel it. I mean sure, I did walk about a bajillion miles ¬†taking my friend around DC but then I also went to Nando’s, Pitango, Cork, and Founding Farmers¬†(click to check out the restaurants).

This morning, I could barely eat my chocolate croissant from Paul. It was horrible. And now, at about 30 minutes to lunchtime I’m hungry but it’s for some serious vegetables and tons and tons of water. And maybe some decent tea. The hot water in my office is seriously far from hot and the steeping ability is far from up to par.

As I finished Excel-ing the list of honors society students (which nowhere near balances out the deficiency students but I love them anyways), I’m also surfing the great internet (for [gastro]Porn!) and seeing all these much healthier-than-I’ve-been-eating things that I sort of wish I’d had time last night to actually try cooking some of them for lunch today. Instead I was making my mom some birthday dinner creativeness and monitoring a couple teenage boys attempting to make peanut butter cookies.

And here’s what I found:

Sweet Potato Fries

“Sweet Potato Fries” from Our Best Bites

Spiced Black Bean, Grilled Avocado, and Goat Cheese Tacos

“Spiced Black Bean, Grilled Avocado, and Goat Cheese Tacos” from Naturally Ella

Creamy Avocado Pasta

“Creamy Avocado Pasta” from the Blissful Blog

Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower

“Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower” from Right@Home

Eggplant Involtini

“Eggplant Involtini” from Alexandra’s Kitchen (Because you know I just can’t help having me some eggplant)