Monday, Monday, Monday.....it's a pain every week, isn't it? This cold weather is hardly new, but man does it seem to be dragging on!
At the last minute on Saturday we decided to whip into Calgary and get the hell out of the house! I was ready to kill the kids and they are just as sick of me! Cold weather tends to bring out the worst in people once you're on day 342 million like we are here! We got a nice room at the Hyatt and took the kids to Cross Iron Mills mall. Now. Normally taking my kids to the mall would be be a close second to running into traffic for me, but I'll take anything over being in the house at this point! It actually worked out really well and we all had a lot of fun. Amazing how much time can be spent in the Bass Pro Shop! Kids got popcorn and almonds in that little snack shop and they were happy wandering around in there. Cute place to kill some time.
After being in the mall a few hours, we headed back to the hotel. When we left that place, it was seriously the coldest I think I've ever been! Shane even went out ahead of us to warm up the car and bring it closer. My hands hurt from trying to do the car seats and I felt like they were going to snap off! The radio on the way to the hotel said -38 with -44 windchill. Ummmm, what? That's more than I can stand! The lady at the gas station told Shane he was literally the first person to smile at her all day. Everyone has had enough of their nostrils sticking together when they try to go outside! Mother Nature, suck it!!!
On Sunday we went to the Farmer's Market in Calgary on suggestion of my good friend, Gail. I love these things, but my good luck with my kids had run out. They were tired form the long day before and wandering around quietly wasn't in their plans! Within 5 minutes Kort had head-slammed the stroller, shooting my brand new $6 coffee all over me and everything else, pulled the plug on a pile of apples- sending them into a sweet avalanche and wiped his sticky little hands allllllllllll over a fancy glass display of pastry. Good times to be had, I tell ya! We grabbed food, which bought us a few minutes, got Grey a sweet angry birds airbrushed tattoo to make up for his brother's behavior and we were outta there! BUT! I totally recommend going there at a time less busy, when it's not minus a million degrees. They have great selection, a super fun vibe and cool finds. They have tons of bison products and great options that are really fresh.
So, let's talk food. Monday is soccer night for Grey so I have to be on the ball early.Since I had the fresh bison sausage from yesterday, I went with that. I saw a recipe a few days ago for cauliflower potato salad. I have been so curious as to what it would be like, and it's one of my best finds so far I think! We bought a camping trailer late last summer and this recipe will be a total keeper for camping! I purposely made extra so I could see how it fared as leftovers. I'll let you know next post.
Don't think of it with a cauliflower taste. The cauli simply gives you the texture that potato does but with all the added nutritional benefits! The recipe called for a cup of mayo. I used a half a cup of vegan mayo because I happen to have that and a half cup Greek yogurt. You could also use all yogurt, or mayo or even sour creme maybe? Just don't use any of that fake, chemical ridden low-fat, fat free crap! Whole fat dairy is best. I loved the texture and even Kort ate it. You could add some cayenne for heat or your fav spice. This one is pretty open to interpretation. Enjoy!
That is the vegan mayo I had. Shane's mom saw it at Heritage Foods when she was here and the sales lady had her sold. She grabbed it to give it a try. I actually really like it, it's quite creamy and good.
Cauliflower "Potato" Salad (serves 2-4 with a bit leftover)
**note- this recipe requires a few hours before serving, cauli and eggs need to chill for 2-3 hours, then an hour or so before serving. Give yourself time. I prepared at lunch then chilled until supper.
1 large head of cauliflower, trimmed into bite sized florets
1 cup mayo of choice or Greek yogurt or possibly sour creme (or combination like I did)
3-5 dill pickles, diced
3 hard boiled eggs, chopped
1 tsp dried dill (or more to taste)
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
sea salt and pepper to taste
Paprika for sprinkling (optional)
Once your cauli is trimmed, steam it until just fork tender. A little less than you would usually steam it for eating. Hard boil the eggs while cauli is steaming.
Once steamed, leave to cool and drain a bit if needed. Transfer to a mixing bowl and put in the fridge for 2-3 hours. Also put eggs in the fridge.
After your eggs and cauli have been in the fridge for a few hours, peel eggs and chop. Dump into bowl with cauli. Add remaining ingredients, and stir to combine.
Once mixed, place back in the fridge until you're ready to serve. Giving it at least a half hour. We had it with the bison sausage on the bbq and just some fresh raw veggies. Success! I'll be doing this one lots this summer! Sprinkle with paprika to serve, if you like!
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