CREAMY ROASTED CAULIFLOWER CHEESE SOUP

It’s getting decidedly colder in our neck of the woods, and I’m getting lazier. The natural remedy to this is SOUP. It’s pretty hard to mess up when making a soup, and your options are endless – the taste is up to you and it’s also fairly easy to keep it low carb if required.

Last night’s “winging it” soup came out beautifully, so I thought I’d share with you. Remember though, any recipe is merely a guideline – tweak to suit your own tastes.

I did add sweet potato mash to this soup, but that was a left over from a lunch ordered while out and I didn’t want to waste it, so this soup was carbed up a tad; usually I’d omit.

Ingredients

1kg frozen cauliflower
1 red onion
Garlic (I used pickled garlic cloves we have in the fridge, fresh is perfect)
Olive oil for roasting
Seasonining of your choice for roasting (I used chilli flakes and himalayan salt)
4 rashers streaky bacon
1/4 tub smooth cream cheese full fat
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/4 tub sour cream
1 cup pouring cream
3 cups vegetable stock
1 cup water
1 tsp nutmeg

Method

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius. Roughly chop cauliflower and onion, season as preferred, place on baking tray and drizzle with olive oil. Roast for roughly 40 minutes – took mine out as the cauliflower started to brown.

Roughly chop bacon up and fry on high heat until crispy.

Place all ingredients in a large pot on the stove and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, blend and serve!

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Just For Fun Friday’s

After the disgusting mess that was #SONA2015, we could all use a laugh.ย And what better way to deal with theย debacle that was the State of the Nation Address but to laugh at it – SA politics – keeping comedians in business!

Here’s a great column by Tom Eaton published ahead of the SONA: “Welcome to Cadreville”. If you don’t know who he is, you really should check out his blog Calling Through The Fog; witty, intelligent, brutal – he’ll make you laugh and despair all at the same time – great South African writer! You should also see if you can get your hands on The De Villiers Code; that book had me in stitches – highly recommended reading (a quick search on local e-tailers only yielded Texas as a result on his books). My favourite line from his Cadreville post has to be

Our leaders seem to pass the buck faster than a lion on laxatives.

He just has a way with words ๐Ÿ˜› I eagerly await his take on #SONA2015, though even Tom may be left speechless this time around.

For further “hilarious” reading, just search #SONA2015 on social media and the interwebs in general. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll cry with laughter.

Moving right along, it’s Valentine’s day tomorrow, and instead of buying that horrendous tacky teddy (lingerie or bear, works either way), why not make bacon roses for your loved one. If they don’t like them, let me save you the inevitable agonising end to your already mistaken partnership – THEY’RE NOT THE ONE FOR YOU!

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This one is a bit…. odd. Brought to you by the gaming parody team Super2Bit, here’s a video playthrough of a game called Mount Your Friends. The name should set the tone for you, really ๐Ÿ˜›

Why the Johnson???? *tears*

Let’s end off this post with a super huge dose of cuteness, and what has now decided my new life goal – to fly KLM and leave something on the plane. Have a look at theย best take on dealing with lost and found known to man to see why, brought to you by the awesome people at KLM.

And that’s it from me today folks, have a great buy-your-loved-one-ridiculous-gifts-day, and remember – if you can’t laugh at it, the main issue is with you. You’re welcome ๐Ÿ˜‰

Warm Rocket Salad with Patty Pan’s, Sweet Gouda and Bacon #LCHF

I’ve sadly fallen off the wagon in a big way these past two weeks as far as LCHF goes; and as a result I’m up 2.5kg’s!!! So, today, renewed commitment to the eating lifestyle – to the extent that I brought the custard and remaining hot dog roll (don’t ask) in to work to give to our tea lady. The easiest way to avoid temptation is, of course, to remove it ๐Ÿ˜›

So, in the spirit of the LCHF / Banting lifestyle renewal, here’s a recipe for a salad I made last night that everybody complimented me on, and went back for seconds too! The one comment from one of my unwitting guinea pigs was that the salad was so good and filled with varied ingredients that it would make an excellent stand alone main meal. I tend to agree, really.

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As with all my kitchen experiments, you can sub / swap out ingredients as you like; it’s really just a template to work around according to your favourites. If you do change anything and you love it, please let me know, love hearing new recipe ideas ๐Ÿ™‚

INGREDIENTS
400g fresh rocket leaves, roughly chopped
1 x small punnet cherry tomatoes, halved (& quartered for the larger ones)
6 yellow patty pans, cut into slices approximately 3mm thick
1 large onion, diced
ghee / butter for frying
olive oil for drizzling
4 rashers of streaky bacon, chopped into bits about 1x3cm
Chilli flakes to taste
Ina Paarman’s Olive & Rosemary Seasoning to taste
300g Gouda with Tomato and Garlic (we got a hold of this at a morning boere mark in Pta; use whichever cheese you’re fond of)
1 tsp crushed garlic

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METHOD
In a large frying pan, heat up your ghee or butter, and throw in the onions, patty pans, bacon, garlic and selected seasonings. While this is frying, throw your rocket, cheese and cherry tomatoes into the salad bowl you’re planning on serving in, and drizzle with a generous helping of olive oil.

I fried my ingredients on a medium heat for around 20 minutes; this should be more than enough time to cook the bacon through but still ensure your patty pans still have a bit of firmness to them without being raw.

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When you’re happy with your fry up, add it to the cold salad ingredients in the bowl, toss, and you’re ready to go! This salad is also perfect cold, so can be made ahead of time. The last time I made it with a cumin cheese that the other half found at a Woolie’s I think, and it was as delicious! It’s a truly versatile salad, so have at it and enjoy!

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LCHF Cauliflower Soup with Bacon and Onion

I make a mean potato soup. And you can go ahead and replace “mean” with “YOU’LL LEAVE YOUR MOTHER’S APRON STRINGS AND PROPOSE TO ME” ๐Ÿ˜›

Alas, that isn’t very Banting Lifestyle friendly, now is it? It seems my aim in life (at least in the kitchen, that is) is to find ways to replace the foods I miss post hitching my eating wagon to the LCHF post.

Cue cauliflower. The wonderful, humble, available in abundance frozen *don’t look for me fresh*, cauliflower ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s a quick and easy recipe for a cauliflower soup I made that is as close to my precious potato soup I’ll ever get without using the little carb laden spuds.

Choffel’s Quick ‘n Easy Cauliflower Soup
(aka Potato soup replacement)
1kg bag frozen cauliflower
1 litre milk
300ml boiling water
1 x Knorr Chilli Beef Stock Cube
Ghee for frying
6 rashers streaky bacon
1 large onion
Celery Salt to taste

Finely chop the onion and cut up the bacon rashers into small pieces, and fry these in ghee in a large pot until both are cooked. I defrosted my cauliflower and riced it in my Twister before adding it to the pot, but you could just as easily throw the florets in whole (we’ll be blending later anyway).

Add your stock cube to the boiled water to dissolve and add that to the pot, along with the 1 litre of milk (FULL FAT!).
Bring the pot to the boil, and then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, adding any seasonings you want to – I just used celery salt and was happy with the outcome.

Once your soup has cooled down, blitz in a blender or use a hand blender in the pot (I’m a great fan of one pot cooking!). Some may like their soup chunky, but I like the fact that blending it combines the flavours and “spreads” the bacon and onion goodness all the way through.

This soup is great served hot or chilled, and freezes perfectly.

And there you have it; a delicious, filling, LCHF friendly soup that’ll satiate any cravings for potato soup you may have ๐Ÿ™‚

ON LOVING #LCHF AND LEGAL COMFORT FOOD

It’s hard to overstate how much I am loving the LCHF / Banting lifestyle. Words don’t seem to quite cut it. So, instead, let me show you what I had for dinner last night.

Yes, that’s right, fried bacon and avo!!! Serious comfort food just became legal, bitches! And, guess what, I was down a further 200g this morning – making my total weight loss in a week 2.6kg.

Now put down that toast and go get yourself a cheese and bacon omelette.