Food: How to make cauliflower pizza

I’m always on the lookout for ways to enjoy my favourite food at a fraction of the calories and it’s not always to do with weight gain it’s more to do with that uncomfortable bloated feeling after having so much dough with pizza, or bread with a burger.

So if there’s a way to have neither I am all for it!

I’ve seen quite a few recipes mentioning cauliflower as a replacement for a pizza base and after my flatmate tried it out successfully I was eager to get a slice of the action (sorry couldn’t resist!).

Both Helmsley+Helmsley and Deliciously Ella have cauliflower pizza recipes which I read over and then found another version online by Brunchtimebaker which had no flour.

It’s totally up to you what you prefer and for me I think next time I’d like to try adding buckwheat flour, which is a gluten-free, just to dry out the ‘dough’ a bit more.
cauliflower pizza doughFirst off you need to blend the cauliflower, I bought I whole fresh one and stuck it in my Nutribullet but it was a bit of a faff so if you have a food processor I would obviously recommend you blend it in there to get the right flour-like consistency.

Next up Brunchtimebaker says to microwave the cauliflower for four minutes and then leave to cool for five before squeezing out the water. But both H+H and Deliciously Ella just squeeze out the excess water without heating it up.

Now I’ve never squeezed water out of food before, usually avoiding it when I spot it in recipes and it’s probably a sticking point with others who can’t be bothered to do it either! I had some spare new dishcloths that I hadn’t used yet so thought this would be the best, even though all the recipes recommend a tea towel. And there’s a reason for the tea towel because the dishcloth just retained the water and didn’t drain enough water out.

I think it’s important to get the cauliflower as dry as possible which is why as I mentioned earlier that I would like to add flour to the mix next time. After adding the egg, herbs and a touch of parmesan I rolled it out to about just a little more than half a centimetre thick.

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Baked in the oven for roughly 15 minutes as it started to brown on the edges but could definitely have stayed in for five minutes longer. And looking back could probably have done with been rolled thinner to get it more crispy.

I baked it on baking paper as recommended and added the toppings on after, choosing passata with a touch of spice and basil, aubergine slices, onions and cheddar cheese. I also added avocado and jalapenos on after it was finished cooking for extra flavour.

The only one major problem with this pizza is that all of my toppings and the softness of the ‘dough’ meant that it was too heavy to remove from the baking paper without breaking apart! I ended up eating the pizza from the baking paper but it was so delicious I didn’t even care.

I had my pizza with sweet potato wedges of course, sprinkled with paprika, salt and pepper. You could probably serve this with some spinach or kale to be super healthy but in keeping with the pizza and chips theme wedges are the only option!

I would certainly recommend trying this out, it’s a little faffy if you haven’t got the right blender, you could potentially grate the cauliflower but that might not get the right consistency.

Try it out with whatever toppings you fancy there are so many different ways to eat this pizza and when you’re enjoying it after all your hard work you’ll have forgotten you are actually eating cauliflower!

Being Oreo @ Vogue Fashion’s Night Out Manchester

vogue fno mapVogue Fashion’s Night Out came to Manchester for the first time and I think they made a great choice of location. Well of course I would say that I just recently moved to the city and was as excited as every other fashion blogger that they were forgoing the exclusive London location to the more accessible, friendly and very northern Manchester.

I didn’t think the t-shirt was up to scratch this year so decided not to spend the £18 on the GAP designed version. There was plenty on offer for FNO and it was difficult to work out where to start, but starting at the H&M on Market Street was a great option as I met the lovely Pixie Geldof who was DJ’ing for the clothing brand, she was more than happy to pose for pictures with shoppers!

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me and pixieOf course the best part about wandering the shops, was the free champagne/wine/cocktails which would put a smile on anyone’s face. It’s the best way to attract shoppers because everyone loves a freebie, even interestingly flavoured mac and cheese the UGG store were handing out. Or the ridiculously strong whisky flavoured ice cream at Hugo Boss which you could have easily got drunk from!

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edith make upA stop off at the Boohoo bus showcasing the Manchester-based brand’s next collection available to order on the night with free delivery and the chance of being the first to get your hands on the clothes before they were online. On the top deck was a beauty, hair and nail bar offering three different hair styles, beauty looks and a nail manicure. My friend Edith chose a smoky eye, a really flattering look because the make up artist chose a more natural shade than the standard black make up.

Marks & Spencer were on hand with Prosecco and a style talk, going through the latest limited edition collection with some very covetable pieces including an orange coat with a leopard print collar (right below), and the perfect black tailored trousers all with a 10% off for the night!

marksandspencerHeading to Selfridges was next on the agenda, the store smelt gorgeous with popcorn and crepe stands along with drinks and cute miniature bottles of Diet Coke designed by Marc Jacobs all served by deliciously handsome male models wearing dungarees. I’m not going to lie and say we didn’t wander around a little longer just to gawp.

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Unfortunately I found out way too late that the talented Sophy Robson was going to be doing nail appointments at a pop up Chanel bar. Definitely a bit gutted, so a picture of my nail idol had to do instead ha! As well as spotting Henry Holland in the Erdem section, on the top floor was the delightfully eclectic Jameela Jamil, also spinning the decks for the store. How awesome would a night out with all these guys be?!

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jameela jamilAfter popping into Hugo Boss and UGG on the way back we headed towards my absolute must attend destination: Emporio Armani. Nothing to do with the clothes I might add, but my favourite band The Maccabees were doing a DJ set there and I needed to see them. At The Avenue in Spinningfields this was definitely one of the more luxury venues of the night and right next to the cool entrance to Australasia. The Armani store was serving very strong vodka and Prosecco cocktails and Australasia sushi with chopsticks, which I must say was pretty difficult to manage but very tasty.

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the maccabeesObviously you need to have a schedule planned for the night to get the best out of what Vogue were offering, especially as we missed creative director Kate Phelan at Topshop and by the time we reached the Arndale Centre later on in the evening the only thing left to do was leave our lipstick kisses on the wall and enter the #puckerup competition.

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You couldn’t fault an evening of free fashion fun and celebrity spotting, and even if you didn’t go with the intention of actually shopping all the beauty and hair bars dotted around gave you the chance to try something new and feel special all at the same time. I hope FNO comes back to Manchester next year!

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