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Powdered cauliflower

The concept of "it seems like but it isn’t" is a concept that has never been lacking in the kitchen: from the legendary fake fish and mushrooms that look like cappuccino are all symbols of the 80s and 90s and the visionary experiments of Ferrand Adrià, who has made illusion a real way of seeing life and food. The desire to recover the integrity of food in its original form is still present to want to eat something instead of something else, especially if the latter is calorie, fat laden or "sinful": as result we see the fake pizza (quinoa), the fake chocolate (carob), the fake bread (seeds and vegetable fibre), even fake red meat (made with the pulp of Durian, a tropical fruit inexplicably similar to meat).

Given that, in our opinion, nothing can replace the flavour and aroma of the beloved pizza, we also want to offer a recipe based on fiction, perfect for drastically cutting calories in the dish without almost noticing, practically an illusion in the illusion: the fake cous cous with fake tomato mayonnaise.

The benefits of cauliflower

Everything comes from the similarity between the consistency of the cous cous grains and the cauliflower. The cauliflower itself, whose flesh once "shelled" in the mixer can be seasoned to taste, just like a cous cous. Advantages? The magical replacement pulverizes more than 300 calories, as well as stimulating the beneficial raw consumption of a vegetable usually eaten cooked. It should be remembered that cauliflowers are very rich in vitamins C and K. Cauliflower also has strong purifying and anti-inflammatory properties and helps to keep blood sugar under control, while the glycemic index of cous cous is equal to that of ordinary white bread.
We want the sauce to be simple, but tasty: capers, homage to Sicily, which made the cous cous a regional dish, stewed leeks, pleasantly sweet, in contrast to the salt of capers, lemon juice and zest for an acid kick and extra virgin olive oil. For mayonnaise, we take advantage of the emulsifying properties of soy lecithin. The proteins contained in soya make it a valuable substitute for eggs in the preparation of sauces. We emulate the tomatoes smoothed with paprika and a few drops of tabasco and the magic is done. A meal with just a few calories and total satisfaction assured.

Ingredients for 4 people
2 cauliflowers
2 leeks
40 ml extra virgin olive oil
60 g cherry tomatoes
2 tablespoon of soy lecithin
5.5 drops of tabasco
1 tablespoon of tomato concentrate
1 lemon
sweet paprika to taste
capers as needed
salt to taste
pepper to taste

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