It’s no secret that I love to travel. I am always planning a trip in my head. I love going to new places, seeing new things, experiencing new cultures and trying new food. I’m going to admit: I am not the most adventurous eater but I do my best to try – not guinea pig though. My travels often inspire me in the kitchen. I love getting new ideas and experimenting with different flavors.
Two summers ago, the fam went to Spain. We covered a lot of ground: Madrid, Barcelona, many towns in the south, hopped over to Gibraltar for a day and Tanger, Morocco for another. But I think my favorite day was spent in Cordoba. Cordoba is a city in southern Spain rich with history and culture. There was a bit of a Jewish presence in Cordoba (a few famous rabbis and philosophers were born there) so we spent some time walking around in the Jewish quarter.
Our friends recommended that we have lunch at a restaurant near the ancient synagogue called Casa Mazal. The food at Casa Mazal emulates the Judeo-Spanish cuisine… or we can just call it Mediterranean. Either way, it was my favorite meal of the trip (I was not a tapas fan). I remember getting a honey, date, chicken with a delicious Israeli couscous. The falafel was delicious, the pita was delicious… everything was delicious! Mmmm I can still taste it…
The flavors of that meal inspired this dish. There were a couple of cauliflowers in the fridge this weekend that were going to go to waste, but I couldn’t let that happen so rolled up my sleeves and made a mess of the kitchen. At least it was a successfully delicious mess.
I am inspired by many things in the kitchen: my friends, family, experiences and even other recipes – always giving credit where credit is due. But I think it is really special to associate something with a memory. I remember having the best time with my family at Casa Mazal. It was such a lovely day. Les and I bought beautiful earrings (that I wear everyday) and our shopping clearly worked up an appetite. The server was lovely, as was the chef. And even though the meal wasn’t my dad’s favorite, I remember him being so happy that we all enjoyed it so much.
Now I can think of that beautiful day in Spain every time I dig into this bowl of goodness.
I know cauliflower is not rice but it’s pretty darn delicious and nutrient dense. It contains many vitamins (like vitamin C), minerals and is a powerful antioxidant to fight off free radicals. The dates, raisins, honey and cinnamon make for a sweet dish and I love how versatile it is. I’ve been enjoying it hot or cold – like for breakfast yesterday with turkey and brussels sprouts. I think it will be on the menu tonight with some beef and broccoli; or for dessert; or even post-workout with an egg. The carrots and dried fruit are carbohydrate-dense sources, which is what we need to eat after a workout in order to replenish our glycogen stores. And on-top of being pretty darn good for ya, it’s pretty darn tasty.
I hope you enjoy this Cordoba cauliflower rice as much as I have been… and then book a flight asap.
Cordoba Cauliflower Rice
- 1 head cauliflower, pureed in a food processor (about 4 cups)
- 2 cups matchstick carrots
- 1 small onion, chopped (about 1/3 cup)
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup dates, chopped (about 5 dates)
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil, divided
- 3 tbsp. honey
- 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1. In a large pan over medium-hight heat, melt 1 tbsp. of coconut oil.
2. Once melted, add the onion and garlic sautéing until onion begins to brown – about 3 minutes.
3. Add the carrots to the pan and continue sautéing until carrots begin to soften – about 3 minutes.
4. Melt the other tbsp. of coconut oil and then add the cauliflower to the pan. Sautee for 3 minutes.
5. Add the honey and cinnamon and mix to combine – about 2 minutes.
6. Add the raisins and dates, mix to combine and sautee for an additional 3 minutes.
7. Serve immediately or store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Questions of the day…
Are you an adventurous eater?
If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? I am dyinggggg to go to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. I was trying to plan this for July but time got away from me. Good thing the volcano isn’t going anywhere… I hope.
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