Cauliflower with Parmesan Sauce; The Wait is almost over

Cauliflower with Parmesan SauceCauliflower_parmesan

We have mains water now. The Powers That Be came last Wednesday and did whatever.

Now all we need to do is to rent a small backhoe, dig the 30 foot trench to the house, lay the pipe, hook it up, install new plumbing and we’re all set.

Easy peasy!

We have electricity now. The Powers That Be came last Friday and did whatever.

Now all we need to do is get a new circuit board and rewire the house.

Piece of cake!

We have a phone line now. The Powers That Be came last Friday and did whatever.

Now we just need to string a few wires here, cables there, and we’ll be good to go.

We should have the ADSL turned on in another week or so.

Then, finally, we I can hook up the internet.

Finally something I can do.

I really want to play with the backhoe but so far mon mari is reserving that fun for himself.

Boys and their toys. I think he should share.

He mumbled something about already having more work to do than he’d thought (?) and he didn’t need me doing wheelie’s in the garden on the backhoe….

Or putting a hole in the barn wall… Like I could! The wall is over 2 feet thick!

He really knows how to take the fun out of house restoration…..

I think I’d do an excellent job as a backhoe operator! I’ll just wait until he’s not looking. It can’t be that hard. I’ve watched. I’ll have that trench dug in no time! Does anyone know if backhoes have a clutch?

Here’s what we’ve discovered in the first week of work:

Bath_gutted

The 2 little bathroom rooms have ceilings of different heights and floors of different heights. The walls are brick, as expected. But there is some lovely stonework around the window that we may be able to salvage.

Bathroom_window

The window used to be the front door. When they decided to bring the outhouse in-house, apparently, the front hall seemed the space most expendable so they blocked off the front door and put the bathroom there.  The arrow points wo the original stonework.  The ‘X’ show the brick that will be covered up again.

Bath_gutted_distant

There is a start on the kitchen ceiling.  The old one was beyond repair (trust me) but there is grass, straw, seeds or something on top as insulation so we opted not to take it down (what a mess)

Kitchen_ceiling

Lest we forget why we’re doing this – the view from the kitchen: We’ll be moving the pile of crap they left us…

View

And remember the tiles?

So far, 2 out of three orders have been wrong.

There is nothing wrong with this: it’s simple, easy, goooood!

The recipe, Cauliflower with Parmesan Sauce, has been updated, nutrition information added, and re-posted here: Cauliflower with Parmesan Sauce.

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15 thoughts on “Cauliflower with Parmesan Sauce; The Wait is almost over”

  1. So it’s still possible for them to get 100% on the tiles;))
    Yes, you should back hoe and I’ll come help . . . we’ll have that barn flat in no time and then we can enjoy this cauliflower and some red wine and the view.
    Can’t wait to see the stone work really revealed!
    Almost peed my pants thinking you have electricity and water and a phone! That’s cruising!

  2. Katie, you’re so brave. We are just trying to fix our bathroom and I am seriously considering locking my husband in there and throwing away the key. Maybe I should just go cook myself some cauliflower instead. ps tag

  3. Katie, you’re so brave. We are just trying to fix our bathroom and I am seriously considering locking my husband in there and throwing away the key. Maybe I should just go cook myself some cauliflower instead. ps tag

  4. Oh be still my beating heart!! That cauliflower looks fabulous. If we weren’t about to have beet tops with fennel seed and red onion, along with Puy lentils & sausage, and wild-yeast bread, I’d go out right now to get a cauliflower. Way to go, Katie!
    Maybe while votre marie is tucking into his second helping of the cauliflower, you could slip out to play with the backhoe.

  5. Mon dieu! You remind me of my New Mexico years. Nothing is simple, is it? Except your yummy looking cauliflower dish.
    I’m with Tanna. Jump on that backhoe, I’ll be there with Tanna to help and that trench will be DONE!

  6. I hope that some day Niko and I can do something like this. Sadly he is not very handy and well I can’t do it all and then we fight. Maybe when we get older and no longer have small children or demanding jobs maybe renovating a house would be fun…or at least something to do.
    so I have a question do the two of you like fixing up houses or it this about the only thin available in the area or is it just something to do. Just wondering.

  7. Tanna, yeah, there’s still a chance for 100% – comforting thought!
    Jann, yeah, there have been a few changes….
    Kalyn, it’s running thin at the moment…
    Ah, p.f., it’s the surprises that is going to do us in… Every thing mon mari does reveals something more that has to be done. Maybe you and I should go on holiday… we could take your daughters and my dogs…
    Elizabeth, can I come for dinner at your house?
    Toni, no, nothing is simple, and very little even reasonable!
    Joey, I’m hanging…by my fingertips, some days, but hanging.
    Ruth, I keep trying not to say “What were we thinking”
    Shayne, I’ve been lucky as mon mari is VERY handy. Why do we do it? A number of reasons: he likes to, it’s fun seeing it take shape, you can get some really remarkable deals, and, fixing up houses and selling them gives us enough money to live on… We continually hope!

  8. The cauliflower must be so good. my daughter who has MS says she found a recipe for cauiflower on fettucini
    where it makes the sauce with garlic and parmesan. it’s pureed. A female doctor claims to have cured herself of
    that strange desease consuming 9 CUPS OF VEG a day. Do any of the Baking Babes do a gluten free loaf? We
    haven’t found a good recipe yet.
    Dorothy

  9. The cauliflower must be so good. my daughter who has MS says she found a recipe for cauiflower on fettucini
    where it makes the sauce with garlic and parmesan. it’s pureed. A female doctor claims to have cured herself of
    that strange desease consuming 9 CUPS OF VEG a day. Do any of the Baking Babes do a gluten free loaf? We
    haven’t found a good recipe yet.
    Dorothy

  10. Dorothy, we love cauliflower – I’ll have to try that as a sauce…. sounds delicious. I’ll send info on gluten free.

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