LOCATION: In our new casita in Mission, Texas
WEATHER: Very nice, but windy. High 75
I taught Basic Beginners line dancing class this morning. I lost a few and gained a few pupils since the first class. They did much better today!
Then, a water aerobics class. It has been getting quite cool at night (upper 30s), and the pool’s water heater just cannot keep up. The water was miserably cold! My hardy fellow Rochesterite and I did it, though!
A bunch of us line dancers (from the more advanced class) headed to a line dancing “marathon” in the afternoon. About 100 line dancers from RV parks in the Rio Grande Valley attended. We danced for 2 hours! Some of the dancers were quite good. Our Retama Village group knew about 2/3rds of the dances. It was a fun afternoon, and provided great exercise!
George accomplished another project today – fixing some leaks and adding some lines in the irrigation system. The previous owner planted a lot of nice plants, so we have “instant landscaping”. Nice!
DINNER: This week’s meatless dish. It is vegetarian, but could easily convert to vegan….
Roasted Cauliflower with Pumpkin Seeds
2 cup vegetable stock
2 # head of cauliflower
2/3 cup panko (bread crumbs)
1/2 cup minced parsley
3 T pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup Parmesan – optional (could omit to make vegan or use vegan Parmesan)
1/4 soy Bacon Bits (optional)
1 T horseradish
Bring stock to boil. Trim cauliflower and cut into “steaks” . Hint – make steaks fairly stick so they are less likely to fall apart. Lower into boiling stock. Decrease to simmer, partially cover, and simmer 15 minutes.
While cauliflower cooks, heat 3 T of the olive oil. Add panko and cook until golden. Add minced parsley, pumpkin seeds, horseradish, salt, and pepper. Add optional bacon bits and parmesan. Set aside.
In a food processor or blender, blend half of the cauliflower (using any steaks that have fallen apart) and half of the stock until smooth.
Warm a bit of olive oil into a frying pan. Fry the other half of the cauliflower steaks until golden.
Divide the puree onto 2 plates. Slip cauliflower steaks on top. Season with panko mix and serve.
This was an unusual, but very tasty, meal.