Hey y’all! Stephanie here. Long time, no post; I know, I know…
But I kinda did a thing.
See, so much has happened since my last big revelation. If you recall, I had a baby and didn’t post about it on social media OR tell my husbands family about it. That was fun.
Then 5 months later, we got hit with Hurricane Irma.
That’s right. We lived in good ole’ South West Florida and got a direct landfall hit with Irma. As a matter of fact, we were in the eyewall and only missed the eye by about 5 miles. Our town was…well, I don’t want to say devastated because I feel like that takes away from places like New Orleans with Katria, but tbh, our town was devastated.
We were very lucky where we were and our house made it out with minimal damage. We lost a few trees…flooding came VERY close to our house but didn’t quite make it. Really, the worst part for us was the loss of power for almost a week in 90+ degree heat and no breeze with a 5 month old.
I. Wanted. To. Die.
The hurricane itself was great (for us, not so much for others). We hung out on our lanai (that’s a fancy word for “screened in back porch”) for the entire thing. My husband even went out onto the golf course (yes, we lived on a golf course lol) during it.
Now, some of you may have noticed a bit of past tense there. We “LIVED” in South West Florida. We “LIVED” on a golf course. And that’s because, after Irma, my husband and I decided that instead of waiting another 1-2 years to move to Missouri, let’s go when our lease is up…in 45 days.
So on November 7th, 2017, my husband and I along with our 3 kids, packed up a 2800 square foot house and moved to Missouri. It took us almost a month to pack, 4 days to load the truck, and 3 days to drive, but we did it. We left the oppressive Florida heat and humidity for the beautiful foothills of the Ozark Mountains.
And we couldn’t be happier. Well, scratch that…*I* could be happier because along with leaving behind the heat we also had to leave behind my partner in crime…my other OTHER half…the Kitchen to my Bitch…Jennifer.
Now we rely on facetime and phone calls…you know, pretty much what we did when we lived 1/4 mile from each other. The biggest difference is I can no longer make my son run down to her house to pick up a missing ingredient or leftover dinner and we can no longer impromptu go to Target to shop. I actually can no long impromptu go to Target to shop at all anymore because the closest one is 1 1/2 hours away ONE WAY.
Did I mention how beautiful is it here? It really is beautiful. And cheap. Like CRAZY cheap here compared to there.
But earlier in the month I was able to finagle a quick Florida trip in time for Jennifer’s baby girls first birthday!! And to celebrate my “homecoming”, Jennifer and I went on a bit of a “food tour”. One of the places we went was our favorite lunch spot. Nordstrom Cafe. And much to our surprise, they had updated their menu. One of the new items was their Crispy Cauliflower. And holy shit, was it good. So good, in fact, we came back the next day to order it again AND THEN we figured out how to make it and I made it for baby girls birthday dinner.
- 1 head of cauliflower
- 1 container of plain hummus
- 1 small jar of kalamata olives, pitted
- 1/2 container of plain feta cheese
- oil for frying
Step 1 – Cut the florets off of the cauliflower and set aside.
Step 2 – Heat a pot full of oil (or deep fryer) and heat to 350-375 deg.
Step 3 – Fry cauliflower until it starts to brown and is cooked through. Set aside.
Step 4 – While the cauliflower is frying, cut the kalamata olives in half. Set aside.
Step 5 – In a medium-sized serving dish, evenly spread out the hummus. Then sprinkle the fried cauliflower, feta cheese and kalamata olives over the top. Serve immediately.