Playlist: Squarepusher Essentials — Definitely not a cooking playlist for everybody, but if you wanna get weird with a whisk, here’s your jam.
“A Journey to Reedham (7am Mix)” had me bouncing at the speed of light while cutting cauliflower, and I was slappin’ da serious bass to “Cooper’s World.” Things got a little maniacal during “Come On My Selector,” as I was transported to a 1992 warehouse.
As far as Activity earnings on my Apple Watch, I learned that I’ll need to start skipping slower songs to better benefit. I almost skipped “Dark Steering,” however, which amped up into a total vroom-vroom video game song. Unfortunately, nothing ruins a good time like getting so distracted that your hollandaise sauce breaks. End workout. Commence cry.
For dinner, I created a roasted cauliflower side based on a favorite from downtown Las Vegas’ Therapy (sadly no longer on the menu). Measurements are approximate. I served it with crispy-skin salmon topped with hollandaise. More on that another day.
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Curry-Balsamic Roasted Cauliflower
- 1 head cauliflower
- 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp balsamic vinegar reduction
- 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp yellow curry powder (or more, to taste)
- 1 oz grated parmesan (plus more to finish)
- Kosher salt, ground pepper (to taste)
- Preheat convection oven to 450. Cut cauliflower into florets. In large mixing bowl, whisk together all other ingredients. Toss cauliflower into mixture to coat evenly.
- Roast on Convection Bake setting for 35-45 minutes. Occasionally toss cauliflower with tongs to expose unroasted sides. Roast until edges are a very dark brown.
- Sprinkle with fresh parmesan before serving.
Again, I spent way more time prep-cooking than I normally would have, because I was listening to fun music. Apple Watch seems to be doing its job to get me moving more, and it’s really easy to add activity while cooking. A watched pot never boils, so do some knee-ups instead of just standing there. Also, whisking to Squarepusher is really fun.
Whenever something will fit, I use my convection oven instead of my conventional oven. It concentrates the heat onto the food so much better, and the Convection Bake setting circulates air to create a more even roast or bake. My favorite machine in the past was a DeLonghi Countertop Convection Oven, but my current sitch is an Oster Large Capacity Convection Toaster Oven with a much friendlier price tag. A regular oven, of course, can be used for this recipe.
As I mentioned in my intro, I got so distracted by the music that my hollandaise broke. On the bright side, I totally recovered it. See How to: Fix a Broken Hollandaise.
I used both balsamic vinegar and reduction, because the original recipe included honey, which isn’t LCHF friendly. If you would rather use honey than balsamic reduction, maybe increase the balsamic vinegar a little. Always test your sauce and tweak ingredients to suit your tastes.