It’s freaking cold!
We live in Canada and we should be accustomed to cold weather throughout the winter; and we are, for the most part.
But to be clear, we live in Southern Ontario, so the temperatures we’ve been experiencing lately are a next level’ kind of cold for us.
One day this past week, the temperatures plunged to -41ºC, after windchill. It’s a kind of cold where, on my short walk from my car to the office, my breath made ice crystals on my moustache. Liz called them ‘moust-icicles’ .
Some folks embrace the weather and brave the cold for “fun” winter activities, like skiing. But not us. No matter how much we try to convince ourselves that this year we’ll get outdoors and make the most of winter… we just never seem to do it. Maybe the odd skate here and there, and a little sledding, but that’s the extent of activity for us.
Actually, I prefer science and grilling over skiing…I’ll explain.
Water to snow…
I took advantage of the extra cold weather to repeat a little science experiment that I’d tried a few years ago during a similar cold spell.
I poured boiling water into a mug, walked it outside and threw the water into the air. The water immediately transformed into a powdery snow. Not one drop of water made it to the ground. It’s quite the visual.
Michael recorded the experiment so we could share it with you. Enjoy the show 🥶
Since we stayed in…
If you follow our blog, you’ll know I don’t really have a barbecue season. I turn on the grill anytime of the year. I actually have a shovel sitting outside our back door so that I can shovel my way to the barbecue 😂.
I did end up grilling some steaks on the coldest day of our deep freeze. That’s some serious dedication. And serious faith in our Broil King Baron™ 590 BBQ.
Along with the steaks I made salad and thought it might be nice to roast some veg… cauliflower!
Veggies with flavour
Roasted cauliflower on it’s own is already delicious. A bit of flavour from our Frank’s based sauce gave it that extra something-something.
Our little guy took one peek and decided he wasn’t having any… but that’s because he’s picky…and stubborn! The rest of us absolutely loved the roasted cauliflower! The proof was in the pudding… or the empty platter, that is.
We’re very much a meat and potatoes kind of family, so it’s exciting to see the family enjoying vegetables like this.
Kick up your cauliflower with a drizzle of this delicious sauce, and eat well, friends.
Roasted cauliflower florets with Frank’s hot sauce
- 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tbsp Frank’s hot sauce (or other mild flavourful hot sauce)
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 500 ºF.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the garlic, salt, pepper, Frank’s hot sauce and olive oil.
- Use a basting brush to brush on the Frank’s mixture onto the tops of each of the florets and place them on the baking sheet, separate from each other.
- Tent a sheet of aluminum foil over the cauliflower florets and place the baking sheet in the oven on the middle rack.
- After about 7 minutes, remove the aluminium foil and continue to roast for another 15 minutes or until the edges have nice brown edges.
- Remove from the oven and serve hot. Enjoy!