{off-duty} Cauliflower "Hash"

Just in time for the new week, I've got for you another {off-duty} dish!

I'd like to also highlight some thoughts I've been having:

1)  I know I've mentioned this issue in brevity on here/twitter before, but it never ceases to amaze me how all grocery stores seem to magnetize rude people.  Either that or, like fame (according to Oprah), they just magnify who people really are.  I see you see me walking down the aisle that you're blocking, so please don't wait until I stop 13 inches short of you to move.  And please don't ignore me when I say "excuse me" twice.  Self awareness and common courtesy, people.

2)  I find that contentious people are really bothered when they're trying to push your buttons and you just choose to continue on.  Try it.

3)  There's what I'm assuming is an AA meeting down the street from me every Saturday morning that I pass as I drag my butt to the gym.  There is coffee, and donuts, a lot of smiles and happy looking chatter.  It looks like a lot of fun.  I've still never heard anything but good things coming from those groups.  Going to the gym sucks.

4)  I'm currently listening to Frank Ocean sing something about Forrest Gump at the Grammys and I'm thinking that there's hope for anyone to do anything.  Double entendre intended.


5)  Will the internet run out of room one day?  Where does all of this information go?  Is it sustainable?  Will a future food blogger try to start an account only to find that their first post can't be published because there's no more space?  These are real questions.

6)  Is Downton Abbey really that good?  It must be if even people I know and trust are obsessed.  I have to say the 10 minutes I watched cradled me to sleep.  


7)  I'm happy to report that two friends of mine randomly chose to make my butternut squash mac & cheese within the past week!  That's a lot considering I didn't ask them to.

8)  Just touching on my grocery store issues again, two things: the baggers do whatever they want to do / there is exactly an 85% chance that someone will be entering or exiting the car parked next to yours.

9)  I was getting coffee the other day, standing behind two 16ish year old girls.  They decided at that moment that they needed a picture of the two of them for instagram because they "look so cute."  I waited until after they finished to tell one of them that she had toilet paper stuck to her shoe.  They both let out a piercing laugh that seemed to echo through the store.  The guy in front of them was so startled that he dropped his large iced coffee which subsequently led to the girls laughing again.  Lesson learned: no good deed goes unpunished.

10)  If a picture says a thousand words then the top one on here says one thousand and four.  I've made myself this cauliflower hash after work a good 3 times this past month alone.  It takes no more than 15 minutes, but tastes like it would have taken longer.  The cauliflower is steamed just until the point of fork tenderness, then is tossed with egg, scallions, lemon zest and thyme.  Scallions are great for quick cooking because they are sweet and tender when raw, but provide the savoriness of an onion.

If you're still looking for a Valentine's Day project, check out my Friday Finds: Eat Your Heart Out for some ideas! xx


  • A heaping handful of cauliflower florets (1” pieces)
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ teaspoon chopped thyme
  • zest of ½ lemon
  • 1 large scallion, thinly sliced (white part only)
  • salt and pepper to taste

-Steam cauliflower over medium-high heat until fork tender.  You want the cauliflower to stay on the fork when skewered (not mushy).

-Pat dry the cauliflower if there’s a lot excess water.  Place the cauliflower in a small mixing bowl and mash into smaller pieces with a fork.  If there’s a little resistance that’s ok, use the side of the fork to break it up.  Place to the side and let cool for a couple of minute.

-Stir in the egg, thyme, lemon zest, scallion and season until well combined.

-Place a small non-stick pan over medium heat, spray with cooking spray and then add the cauliflower mixture.  Cover with a pan and cook about 1 minute. 

-When you notice even browning on the bottom, give it a very quick flip- then plate whatever side up you desire.