What a beautiful day in Florida! It started out with MaryJo taking a two hour bike ride with the group from our Park. They went into downtown Dunedin to go to the library or the farmers market or the Home Plate restaurant for brunch. I walked to the grocery store to get the fixings for pan fried cauliflower with bacon and garlic!
So I was fixing this delicious side dish and ended up eating the whole batch for my breakfast/lunch.
When MaryJo got back, I told her I ate the whole thing. That didn’t go over well, since she’s my go-to taste tester. I had to fix up another batch. No problem since this is easy and I’d help her sample another plate too. I said Yum!
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Since this was a beautifully sunny day, we set out for Central Park in Largo, Florida, about 30 minutes drive from Dunedin. They have a scale model railroad club that gives rides on the first weekend of the month. We wanted to check this out because my brother and his family are visiting on the first week of March. Kind of a fun activity to try while they are here. In Minnesota, there is a similar railroad club that gives rides on weekends in the fall, (actually the St. Croix Railroad, Hudson Wisconsin). We used to take our kids there when they were small and had a great time looking at the model trains and getting rides. It’s great that these hobbyists would share their passion with other people by giving rides!
This engine seemed to be the only steam powered one while the others were diesel or electric powered. Many of these engines are assembled by machinists and involve hundreds of hours, custom making all the parts.
Here’s MaryJo checking out the seating on this train. It’s fun for all ages!
From there, we decided to take a trip to the Madiera Beach American Legion. The club is right on the intracoastal waterway, and is a great place to enjoy a drink while soaking in the sun and scenery.
There were four or five boats pulled up to the docks while we were there. A great time was had by all!
Pan seared cauliflower with bacon and garlic
The health benefits of cauliflower are numerous too. It’s low calorie but high in vitamins C, K, and B6. It has good fiber content too. My friend Helen at Well-BeingSecrets.com has a great article on cauliflower you should take a look at. It is 28 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Cauliflower. Everything you need to know about cauliflower is here!
This is a great way to kick up cauliflower and make the nutty flavors of this vegetable come forward. By pan frying you can get a great sear and paired with the crunch of bacon and spice of garlic it is a wonderful side dish. Try this with roasted chicken or with a small steak.
PAN SEARED CAULIFLOWER WITH BACON AND GARLIC
- 6 cups cauliflower florets
- 3 slices thick cut bacon , cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 3 cloves garlic , slivered or coarse chopped
- olive oil as needed
- salt and fresh ground black pepper
- In a cast iron or heavy skillet on medium heat, fry the bacon until crispy
- Remove and drain on paper towel
- In the same skillet, remove most of the bacon grease and add cauliflower
- Stir the florets in the remaining grease to lightly coat
- Cook while stirring until the cauliflower is browned, add more olive oil for additional browning if needed (5 to 6 minutes)
- Add the reserved bacon and garlic and cook for an additional 1 minute
- Lightly salt and pepper
- Serve immediately