Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Cauliflower Mash and Red Sox!

New Englanders, REJOICE! Spring is here! Easter has passed, the clocks have sprung forward, it is APRIL, and the snow piles have finally transformed into piles of dirt and sand. All of the final signs of Spring--we Northerners know not to trust the equinox as it's very likely we'll get another heaping pile of snow dumped on us regardless of the official "start" of spring--are finally here! 

Also, the Sox had their first home game yesterday:


3rd Baseline, GREAT seats!

My boyfriend's mom took my boyfriend, his brother, and me to the home opener for her birthday. It was so much fun! I miss Boston, a lot, and it was a great, gorgeous day to be in the city, cheering on my first favorite sports team. To make it better, the Sox even won! I don't think I've ever been to a game where they've won, and I've been to about five. Every time, it seems like the other team scores while I'm in the bathroom or something, and not only do I miss the most exciting part of the game, but we lose. I tend to eat my way through the game and take a lot of pictures. This time I was way more invested--something about it being the first game of the season turned me into a fanatic sport fan for the day.

I didn't eat my usual Fenway Frank because we got to the park early and decided to visit the Bertucci's under the Citgo sign--the one I worked at through college. The entire restaurant has changed dramatically, and I only recognized a few people who worked there now, but thankfully they had my favorite pizza, the Sporkie. 

At the park, I had my usual beer and some nachos. No Fenway Frank this time, I was too full from the pizza!

Me and Cory enjoying a cold one while the Sox killed the Oriels.

It was a seriously fun day and reminded me to get my butt back to Boston to see another game soon. I always tend to find a good deal on tickets, and it's a great excuse to visit my old city and feel nostalgic for my college days. And spending the day with Cory and his family is always a fun time :)

All gussied up to cheer on the team

In other news, my mom was so excited about my cookbook endeavors that she got me an extremely generous and awesome gift that I've been coveting for YEARS:

 A Le Crueset Dutch Oven! I've been scouring ebay for used ones but I never get my bid in on time. Now I have a brand new one to play with---yay! I was so excited, I hugged the box, hehe. She got me an oval one, and I'm considering exchanging it for a round one. Do any of you have a preference? Is oval better? I can see advantages for both, but I feel like for my first one, maybe I want the original. What do you think?

So, after the junky food of yesterday, I feel like a detox is necessary for this week. Enter, the Cauliflower mash. This was supposed to be part of my St. Patrick's Day recipes, but I missed posting it somehow, hence the green background and the Guinness. The feeling of mashed potatoes all lightened up. No heavy-stomach aftermath here.

Though my veggie-hating boyfriend couldn't handle this mash, I loved it. It's not a substitute for mashed potatoes by any means, but it's awesome in its own right. In this picture it's topped with Guinness Gravy but I know it'd be great with just a dollop of butter. I feel the need to use the huge head of cauliflower in my fridge for this again this week.

Cauliflower Mash

  • 1 large head cauliflower, florets cut into bite sized chunks
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (I used low fat)
  • 4 tbs butter
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Guinness Gravy

  • 1 can Guinness
  • 1 cup chicken or beef stock (I used beef)
  • 1 tbs cornstarch + 2 tbs cold water
  • 1 tsp parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste

-For the Cauliflower Mash: bring a pot of water to a boil and carefully drop in cauliflower florets. Boil until florets are fork-tender, about 7 minutes.

-Drain cauliflower and return to pot with sour cream and butter. Using a potato masher or immersion blender, mash until desired consistency is reached.

-For Guinness Gravy: Simmer Guinness over high heat until half reduced. Add stock and reduce a bit more, until just a bit thick. Add cornstarch and water combo and whisk well until desired thickness is reached. Remove from heat and add parsley and salt and pepper.

And oh, hey, check out my post (written after my last big breakup a while ago, originally posted here) over at Quarterlife Conversations, an awesome resource for 20-somethings that is run by a handful of my fellow Emerson alumni!


  1. I've never heard of Guiness gravy, but my mind is blown by how delicious that would be!

    1. Yeah! I'd do it a bit thicker and let it reduce more next time, it looks a little thin here.

      The cauliflower mash was paired with beef stew for the rest of that week and it was fan freaking tastic.

  2. My husband would love this Guiness gravy! I've never made mashed cauliflower (or should I call it cauliflower mash) before, and I'm interested to give it a try. I have some cauliflower recipes but not a lot. This will be a nice new addition!

  3. Yummy! Love the cauliflower mash. Guiness gravy? Genius.

  4. I really really like the idea of the cauliflower mash... I'll be giving this a go. Looks like you had so much fun.

  5. Ashlley, this looks like a lovely recipe - I have never made mash with cauliflower either but it does sound delicious and the Guiness gravy must be awesome with the mash, it has a wonderful dark color - very lovely recipe and such great pictures form the game and the food! I am sure that you will be happy with either a round or an oval shaped Le Creuset but personally, I prefer the oval shaped ones - seems more convenient for roasts.
    Enjoying your posts!
    Have a great Wednesday!

  6. Always love those first Red Sox games - - meaning winter is finally, finally on the way out! :) The cauliflower mash is great too - - yummy with a healthy twist :)

  7. Love it!! I'm ashamed to say I live in Boston and haven't been to see a Sox game in 2 years :x This year! The Sporkie is my fave, too :)


  8. Welcome to the Le Creuset club, I'm warning you it's very easy to get addicted and just start buying it all the time!

    1. If only I had the $$ to do that! Haha... But yeah, I already know what my first dish in it is going to be!

  9. I have friends in the states at the moment and they were at a ball game. I really want to go to one! I also love cauliflower mash :P

    1. If you ever get over here during baseball season, it's definitely worth a trip! NYC and Boston are popular tourist destinations, and both have great teams to go see. I have never been to a Yankees game, though despite the harsh rivalry between them and the Sox I'd actually like to, but I know for the Sox if you go on a weekday they're really reasonably priced :)

  10. Go Red Sox! Glad you got to hear Dirty Water at a game, finally. I just recently discovered how good mashed cauliflower is. This one looks delicious!