blackened cauliflower and kalamata pizza for Food ‘N Flix: Eat Pray Love


Last month I discovered a fun monthly event, Food ‘n Flix, created by Heather of girlichef, and hosted by a different blogger each month. The host chooses a film that has a food theme, we watch and create a dish inspired by the film. Fun, right?

This month, the host is The Law Student’s Cookbook and the film – Eat Pray Love.

I loved this book when I read it years ago. Not surprisingly, I immediately wanted to book my own three month trip filled with self indulgent excess. I wanted to meet a Balinese Shaman. I wanted to stretch and learn and explore. I even wanted to learn to meditate. I am not so good at quieting this mind.

When the movie came out, I saved Jason from having to watch and a few excited girls went to see it. As much as I find Julia Roberts charming, I did not enjoy the movie as much as the book. I know many feel the same – saying it is too self indulgent and unrealistic. Well, of course, for many this is true. For me this is true, at least the unrealistic part.

I feel there are times you should be self indulgent, and have no guilt about it. Watching this film recently, with my recent perspectives, I can appreciate the break. I can appreciate the running halfway across the world. I can appreciate taking care of yourself.

I think what was disappointing for me, in anticipation of the three places visited and the accompanying life changers in each, was the first hour of the movie – giving more story to details that were not as prevalent in the book. We saw so much more of her life prior to the journey – I wanted to get to the good stuff. Okay, and the pizza.

Another reason many might be turned off by the self indulgence – the movie doesn’t clearly define the why. The book can narrate much more of the thoughts, feelings and intentions that inspire such a trip in the first place – the struggle to find oneself and the search for independence – the movie is a glossy party with new friends, and pizza.

Don’t get me wrong – I enjoyed the movie okay. Having read the book, I can and do appreciate this movie – even like it. It was fun to watch again for this post. After 2.5 hours, I was ready for pizza.

blackened cauliflower and kalamata pizza

gluten, egg and dairy free, vegan

makes one pie

5 ounces mozzarella (1/2 block Follow Your Heart), grated
roasted / blackened cauliflower (recipe follows)
1 16 ounce jar peppers – sweet cherry or Italian, chopped
1 cup kalamata olives, pitted
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 pizza crust (recipe follows)

Top pizza crust with olive oil, basil and oregano. Arrange cheese, leaving an inch around edge of crust. Top with cauliflower, olives and peppers. Cook according to instruction for pizza crust – (after par-baking crust, bake pizza with toppings 10-15 minutes at 375).

roasted / blackened cauliflower

1/2 head cauliflower
2 tablespoons olive oil
sea salt

Chop / break cauliflower into bite size pieces, arrange on foil lined baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle sea salt, bake in 350 degree oven for 25 minutes, turning halfway through. To blacken / crisp further, broil for 3-5 more minutes, watching closely.

gluten free pizza crust

makes one pie

gluten, soy, egg and dairy free, vegan

3/4 cup sorghum flour
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1/2 cup sweet rice flour
1/4 cup millet flour
2 tablespoons flax meal
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon xanthan gum
3/4 cup warm water
1 teaspoon agave
1 active dry yeast packet
2 tablespoons olive oil + extra for kneading/shaping 

Proof the yeast – combine yeast packet with warm water and agave, set aside. Add all dry ingredients to bowl or stand mixer. Add proofed yeast and oil, combine (using stand mixer, I mixed on medium for 2-3 minutes).

With olive oil on your hands, remove dough from bowl and shape into a ball. On prepared baking sheet (I used olive oiled parchment), spread dough into desired shape for your pizza. Let dough sit for 30 minutes – preheat oven to 375. Partially bake dough 25 minutes. Add toppings and return to oven, continue baking another 10-15 minutes, until toppings are warm and melty.

Cheesy, salty, and spicy – this is my new favorite pizza flavor. 

To see a roundup of all Eat Pray Love inspirations, visit The Law Student’s Cookbook in the coming days (after the deadline, January 28).

To participate or host a month with your own movie choice, visit Food ‘n Flix for more information and to see the upcoming movies.




    • spabettie says

      hi Miriam – Follow Your Heart is the brand that makes Vegenaise. They have a line of vegan cheeses that are pretty good, and I’ve found them in most stores.

  1. says

    I’ve seen the movie and enjoyed it, but the book is almost always better and really should pick it up sometime. This pizza looks incredible. But I’m not terribly picky about pizzas LOL. I definitely need to try this crust recipe. Thanks so much for sharing it!

    • spabettie says

      good that you liked the movie – I promise you’ll like the book even more! I feel pretty good about this crust recipe – so many have not been good ones, this one is nice and chewy!

    • spabettie says

      thanks, Elizabeth – I hope you do try it. Thanks for hosting us this month, this movie was a fun one to revisit!

  2. says

    I feel like I need to read the book now. I didn’t care for the movie and I’m a Julia Roberts fan, but dang the movie came across as way too self centered (in my opinion). The pizza looks and sounds amazing! I am really craving pizza now. I’m thinking about you and hope you are doing well today!

    • spabettie says

      I know – and I suppose with the real story, she WAS a bit self centered, but with the book you read more about WHY, and understood and applauded her for it?? maybe? :)

      thank you, Sarena. I definitely appreciate your continued thoughts… some days I’m too exhausted to move, others I have the energy and smile at EVERYONE. 😀

    • spabettie says

      I love it too – you really need to try this, Shannon. I hate when people call food ‘life changing’ – but… I cannot stop thinking about this pizza. It made me happy. :)

    • spabettie says

      and that is okay! :) I liked the book, but it’s been so long since I’ve read it, I thought I might re read… perspectives and thoughts change all the time, right? maybe I’ll feel differently about it.

      the pizza. yes. I will ALWAYS like this pizza.

  3. says

    The pizza looks great, and I felt the exact same way about the book/movie. That happens often, but for this book…it seemed particularly frustrating to watch the movie!

  4. says

    have not seen that movie yet, still on our list to see! I am still trying to read the book, I have a few other health books to finish first before that happens, if it ever happens.

    and wow that pizza looks perfect! love the idea of putting cauliflower on top!!

    • spabettie says

      hint: read the book first 😉 you may like the movie better then.

      I have found myself thinking of this pizza… I need to make it again soon!

  5. says

    I get WAY too overwhelmed everytime I visit your blog. I want to make everything (or I want to come knock on your door and eat whatever you’ve got going on over there). :) This pizza just looks fabulous!!!! You are amazing. I’m going to do a peanut butter Flat Kitty post this Friday. Maybe we can link up your peanut butter post (because everyone should see that)? Just a thought. :)

    • spabettie says

      “something was just not working” < -- ha! :) I think I liked it only because I had read the book... where I can recall the story they left out. I love Love LOVE blackened cauliflower - the flavors on this pizza too. I find myself thinking about it often! :)

  6. says

    I don’t know the book or the movie, just heard and read a lot about both. I’m sure I wouldn’t mind about self-absorption because I’m an expert with that. 😉 But the most important thing is that you had some enjoyment, with a break and the pizza. :)

    • spabettie says

      it IS completely delicious. I want these flavors every day – I had some left over toppings and I added it to quinoa in a wrap. SO good. 😉

  7. says

    I was just talking about that movie with some c0-workers. Not a big fan! But I didn’t read the book, so I have nothing to compare it to. But this pizza looks delicious. I bookmarked it for that GF crust recipe. :)

  8. says

    I liked the book, but not the movie. They definitely changed the story too much, and made it even more pretentious in my opinion. However, the movie did inspire some excellent food – including this pizza! Why have I not had roasted cauliflower before? Sounds AMAZING, especially on pizza!

    • spabettie says

      oh, Jeanne, THANK YOU for saying so! I felt like such a scrooge for saying so – I know many loved the film. I really liked the book, in fact I found it today and took it from the shelf, to be re-read again next… I hope you try this – roasted cauliflower is amazing, and on this pizza – OH so good! :)

  9. Laurel says

    I commented on this pizza when I first saw it but I must have drooled over the computer too much because it threw me right out of cyberspace. Still, posts like this one, at the very time my spouse is decrying his lack of pizza, is why I stalk you. :-)

    • spabettie says

      haa – watch that computer, I’d hate for it to stop working on ya! 😉 thank you for stalking me – I love it!! hope you enjoy the pizza!

  10. Karen says

    I made this pizza crust last night, SO good! I made a sorta similar pizza, using real mozz and adding some um.. sausage. ***sorry***

  11. Petra says

    made the crust, it was good but a little chewy for me. I like a crispy crust, do you know how to do that???

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