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This is the orignal post from 2019-08-27. I saved it on the blog because I like the story & also to see how far I've come. If you're looking for the updated post from 2019-09-01 (with the recipe, less rambling (or well, a little at least) and better pictures) you will find it here.
This vegetarian Buffalo Cauliflower is the perfect snack for a rainy day, watching a game, summer barbecues... anytime, really! Already a modern classic Buffalo Cauliflower is a new addiction of mine - and after trying this, I bet it'll be one of yours as well.
So this spring I went to NYC for the first time ever and of course, being a serious foodie as well as serious planner, I did my food research. With the help of both Swedish bloggers/previous NYC residents such as Sandra Beijer, American bloggers I've followed for as long as I can remember such as Lauryn Evarts and friends/family/random people who had been to NYC I came up with a thorough agenda for the weekend. Basically, we would eat. We would also have a few cocktails but mainly to pass the time between meals. Oh and we were going to a standup show. But I mean, what else of importance could there be?
Anyway, this worked out well and all until our second day when we went to take the Staten Island Ferry (apparently the cheapie way to see the Statue of Liberty up close-ish) and found take away margaritas on the way. An hour later we were back on Manhattan ground, "sorta" buzzed and totally derailed from our strict food itinerary and also from the rest of the itinerary. What was supposed to be a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge followed by either a trip up to Maison Premiere or a trip down to the Red Hook Winery (see! options! I'm not that strict!) turned into (supposedly famous) Irish Coffees at (supposedly famous and one of the best bars in the world?) the Dead Rabbit and sawdust all over, followed by serious hunger pangs and beer cravings and me loudly demanding buffalo wings. All this before we even started our walk across the bridge (spoiler alert: we never did get across).
Luckily, at this difficult point of our trip we had arrived in some neighborhood or other where both beer and buffalo wings actually seemed very possible to find (maybe that's every neighborhood in NYC?). We walked into a place that promised beer, and after getting a bit upset that they did in fact not have any buffalo wings on the menu I settled for buffalo cauliflower.
And my life has not been the same since.
Once back in Stockholm I tried my best (i.e. cooked a bit and googled A LOT) to find a recipe for buffalo cauliflower that matched the divine experience I'd had the first time. And it turned out OK. It was good. But it was not "the one".
Then one day, I found a recipe for Sticky Sesame Cauliflower Wings over at Jessica in the Kitchen. Well actually I think I found it somewhere else because it's a quite old recipe, but anyway I found it. And lucky me!! Right away I realized - what was missing from my life was panko. Well not missing from my life exactly, I use it a lot, mainly for frying feta cheese (which was my favorite food in the world until I found Buffalo Cauliflower), but missing from my Buffalo Cauliflower. Pair this with an extra buttery buffalo wing sauce and my favorite recipe for Blue Cheese Dip and it was an immediate home run.
So, basically, I can't take credit for any part of this recipe but for the bringing together of three components that were meant to be. Call me a matchmaker if you will, this is a match made in heaven.
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