cauliflower cake

1 medium cauliflower, broken down into florets

1 large red onion, peeled. top 1/3 cut into rings. remaining chopped.

3 tbsp (100g) olive oil

1/2 tsp finely chopped rosemary

7 eggs

1/4 cup (20g) chopped basil

1 1/2 cups (180g) AP flour

2 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp turmeric

1 1/4 cups (220g) freshly grated parmesan 

salt and pepper

butter, for greasing

Oven 350F. Butter a 10" springform pan (I used a 9x9 square pan) and line bottom with a round of parchment paper. Butter paper, then coat pan and paper with Parmesan, tapping out excess. 

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook cauliflower over medium-high heat until soft, about 7 minutes. Drain well and spread out on a baking sheet to cool and dry. 

In a large skillet, heat olive oil. Add chopped onion and rosemary and season with 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper. Cover and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool completely. 

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, turmeric, 2 tsp. salt, and 1 tsp. pepper. Stir in Parmesan. Stir eggs and basil into onion mixture, then add to flour mixture. Fold in reserved cauliflower. Scrape mixture into prepared pan and top with onion rings. Bake until golden brown on top and set in the center, about 40 minutes. Remove cake from oven and let cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove pan. Best served warm.

@ Yotam Ottolenghi

I made this cake about a week ago. I had seen it in the plenty more book and had always been intrigued by it. Huge chunks of cauliflower embedded in a savory, herby cake. Definitely worth a shot for a vegetarian. Especially nowadays when people I know seem to have no understanding as to what I eat. Everyday at work during family meal, I get ridiculed (playfully) by the fact that they have only ever seen me eat salad. No I don't want the fried chicken, the burger or any of it. A big bowl of white rice is not a good option. So I eat the salad. Because I like salad. I am the weirdo of the restaurant that has been deemed the girl who hates all food. So now I just embrace it. Whenever one of my coworkers asks me if I like so and so food, it will forever be met with a no. If your going to mess with me, I'm going to mess with you right back. So lets hope that no one from work ever sees my blog because then they would be shocked by the fact that I have eaten something that is not salad. :)

I liked this idea of a savory cake. It was good, not great but good. I added a ton more herbs than it called for but it still seemed to lack a bit of flavor. If I try this again I would definitely add more than just cauliflower to the cake and maybe cut down on the cheese which was quite a bit when you look at it in the batter, making the end result a little dense. But a good first go.

Back to thinking about what I should do with my life after St Helena. It seems like everyone I know is going to be headed to Portland in a year or two and are trying to convince me to do the same. It might be a good idea. I have only gone through Portland for a day, on my way up to moving to Vancouver. What I saw seemed cool enough. It seems like the place to be right now. Am I hipster enough? I drink black coffee. I now have two tattoos. Most of my food is contained in Mason jars. And I am drinking from one right now. But me, a hipster?...... no.......

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