Pizza base made of cauliflower – recipe

So, I do not know about you, but when dinner time comes I feel ever so torn between wanting a light healthy meal and wanting comfort food. I am always craving pastas and toast, or pizza as stated, because it makes me feel warm and comfortable and ready for bed. It also makes me feel bloated and horrible for the next day. So I have given up night time carbs for soups – my favourite! – vegetables, salads and lots of eggs. However, I still crave my comfort food. Well yesterday I found the PERFECT alternative. Someone posted on my nutrition group a photo of the yummiest looking pizza but the base was made of cauliflower? WHAT? No flour, no yeast no carbs? BRILLIANT. I rushed to the supermarket after work today anxious to try this fantastic idea and believe me it works! It tastes so good, and if you are a thin crust pizza type of person, this is literally perfect! I loved the flavour of it and would advise anyone to try it.

I am so excited to share this carbs alternative with you foodies. So here is the recipe I adapted for the pizza base.


– One big cauliflower
– One mozarella cheese ball
– One egg
– Parmesan cheese.


For a pizza base for one you will need only half of a big cauliflower head. Grate the head and make sure you have filled two cups (mugs) with the grated cauliflower. Place it in the microwave for around 7 to 8 minutes, until the cauliflower goes soft. Leave to cool for 5 to ten minutes, and pour out any excess liquid from the bowl.

11759418_10206994135830611_1175921624_nAdd one whole egg, a handful of grated mozarella and a handful of grated parmesan. Season to your taste, I thought for a simple base a bit of salt and pepper is quite enough. Mix it all. 11749451_10206994135950614_1824433145_n

Prepare a baking tray with piece of baking paper. Butter the baking paper and pour mixture onto the tray. Pat lightly and spread it to form base of pizza. Cook in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes at 180 degrees – watch until crisp. 11741957_10206994135710608_1293902639_n

Remove from oven, add toppings and put in the oven for another 7 to 10 minutes.


For those of you who have no idea how to make a tomato based sauce, this is a very easy recipe suggestion.

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– Passata – blitzed tomato you can find this with all the chunky tomato sauces
– Garlic Powder
– Salt
– Pepper
– Oregano
– Basil

For one pizza you need about a quarter of a bowl of passata, add all the seasonings and mix. Spread gently on base.

11758869_10206993850143469_1435211748_nI made two of these tonight, as I have my parents to feed too. They LOVED IT. If you are 11212496_10206994135430601_262119079_nuninspired for toppings ideas, here are mine:

– Mozarella Cheese
– Mushrooms
– Cherry Tomatoes
– Parma Ham – remember that the parma ham is not to be cooked. Cook all the other toppings in the oven and when it is ready, remove it from the oven and put the parma ham on top.

I hope you guys enjoy this alternative pizza recipe. It is to easy to make, it takes no time, and tastes great. This one is definitely one to repeat, and I cannot wait to experiment with different toppings. If you have any exciting recipes, please share them. I love cooking and trying new things and it is one of the things that brought me and my love together. Cooking is also extremely therapeutic, so please share your cooking ventures with us. Happy eating and reading.

Disclaimer: All photos used in this article are under Copywright of Diana Lava


Rhythms of the World 2015

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I love live music. As someone who has been exposed to music from a very very young age, with my father being in a band and working every night in live gigs until I was 7, music runs in my veins and I literally do not go any point of any day without a song in my head. At this moment in time, I am writing this as my father sits having an operation, and all I am hearing in my head is Bob Marley’s ‘I shot the Sheriff’. I don’t know if there is any meaning to that. I deviate from my point. Live music is one of those experiences that only get better the more I assist to it, so naturally festival season is one of my favourites.

So let me introduce you to one of my favourite festivals ever. Rhythms of the World. I have been going to ROTW since I was 16 years old and thought that having a boyfriend in a band was the coolest thing I would ever achieve – at the time it was. He had the whole converse, studded belts, cheque shirt, black skinny jeans and properly placed fringe look going, and he even dedicated songs to me. He is an ex boyfriend, so we know he had his flaws, but it was still VERY COOL, and I can say that now, 7 years later.

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Rhythms of the World is a festival that runs over two days, its £15 each day to attend – adult ticket price – and it takes place in the Hitchin Priory. It has six stages, which is a lot for a small local festival, and much like the title suggests it features music from all over the world, with different sounds, and it even has a BBC introducing stage. It is awesome!

This year I took my best friend, boyfriend and parents to ROTW with me. They loved it. I think festivals have a rather magical vibe. Everyone seems to be having a good time and wearing what they want. Lots of food tents, hand crafts, we got feathers in our hair and some leather cowboy hats it was great. Everyone is in a good mood, no matter how big the crowd we all squeeze together to fit in one field. Garden chairs, blankets, some people with fridges, kids with small pop up tents, babies in push chairs loving their first experience of both the english summer and english festivals – the best music festivals in the world.

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ROTW this year was made even better by the fact that one of my favourite bands THE SKINTS were playing and promoting their new album.The Skints are a reggae/ska band from east London and if you haven’t heard them then you are really missing out. But I am not here to boast about or review one of my favourite bands to watch perform. I am here to tell you that in ROTW, you can go from reggae to heavy metal and screamo in the BBC Introducing Stage. The main stage varied from American Country, to Mexican, Latin, Raggae, Fusion and Bhangra Indian Music. It is spectacular! You walk around and it is an amalgamation of sound, not from just polar opposites such as hip hop/rap and rock, but also from church hyms to sexy latin music, to music that is related and has similar basics such as some african and some latin american. It is a wall of noise and madness to the hearing but it is truly wonderful. Coupled with arts and crafts, clothes and all sorts of everything tents from all over the world, with food stalls that come from as far as China, Rhythms of the World is truly the widest local festival I have ever known. I love everything about it.

I have to add, that the price also really does top it for me. It is such an accessible price, and for a whole day of music and basically backyard tanning, great junk food, booze and awesome company, you can’t really ask for more! And the porterloos were actually minimally clean! If you are a Hertfordshire person, or even Cambridgeshire/Bedfordshire which are very close, I would really urge you to come along. It is a fantastic day out for the whole family. Bouncy castles galore for kids and adults alike! I cannot wait to take my nephew next year, I think he will be absolutely buzzing on sugar, but he will love it. Am already looking forward to it. Join me.

And tell me all, what is your favourite local music festival? I would love to discover more and join you there.

Internships in the Arts Industry

Hello Dear Readers,

This is the first of many backdated posts on the Arts website I used to own. This particular one is about breaking into the arts industry. Enjoy.

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I can’t talk about the entirety of the UK, but London is a great centre of arts and culture and there are a variety of places that are offering internships. Paid, unpaid or expenses paid work is provided all over the city and just outside its centre. After having done three internships, all of them either unpaid or expenses paid, it is time to stop working for free. There are other ways to perfect your skills, but I believe they were the best thing for me at the time because all of them differed in areas of expertise and allowed me to decide on what I would like to build my career in. There are THOUSANDS of people applying for internships all over the country and aiming to come to London. It is your responsibility as applicants to make sure you stand out from all the other people applying. So I am going to share my little bit of knowledge and experience with you:

Applying for internships can be an extremely daunting experience. Out of the hundreds of options, there will be something out there that is ideal for you. Perseverance pays off. Here is a simple guide to successful applications.

Firstly, you have to determine whether or not you know the sort of work you would like to do. If you do, brilliant, you are halfway there. Find internships that closely resemble the sort of role you imagine working in and apply. If like me you had no clue, that’s okay too. The key to applying to internships is not being shy about your successes and the work you have done so far. Boast about it as much as you can in your cover letters, but make sure they are reared towards the specific role and company you are applying for.

Cover letters can be intimidating to write, but once you have written one, you can write thousands. Start by acknowledging the employer, stating what the role you are applying for is and why their work interests you. Remember what it was like to write personal statements for University? This is similar. You have to demonstrate that your academic, professional and extra curricular achievements suit the position you are applying for, and that you can offer them something different to every other applicant. Remember to also express why working with them would benefit you in the long run. Similar to cover letters, CV’s need to be catered to each employer, as all roles will vary the slightest bit.

In terms of arts internships specifically, there are a lot of opportunities, but even more people applying. You have to be very patient, but eventually someone will want you and once you get your first one, opportunities keep appearing. I am currently working in the 3rd internship at the V&A museum in the Theatre collection, and it is by far the best experience. Also, you have to bear in mind that a lot of internships are unpaid. Some of them pay for expenses and very few (which are extremely sought after!) are paid. Make sure you have some money to help with travel expenses and food.

It is tough to get started in the Arts industry, and out of the various ways there are, internships are designed to point you in the right direction. Be patient, and give yourself the chance to figure out what you want to do. Good luck.

It has been a long 11 months trying to figure out my life and what sort of career path to follow. Like so many other people, I left University clueless as to what I wanted to do. Creative industries are, let’s face it, a BITCH to get into sometimes. Especially from a creative point of view, people don’t agree with your vision, they want to change the trajectory of your project or they simply do not think you are suited for the type of work. It takes a lot of courage and self belief to invest in a creative career. Writers, performers, directors and so many others are scrutinized daily, but it can be rewarding! Realistically and statistically it is very difficult to make it in the creative industry. They say Actors are most likely to reach fame when younger, especially if they succeed under the age of 30. Writers are most likely to reach fame in their forties! And apparently, outside of the creative industry, politicians reach their highest peak on their 50s. At least, as a struggling and striving writer, I know I have twenty years to reach my alluded peak. Still, it is more than likely that to work as a performer or any type of creator, you will most likely work as something else too. Internships and traineeships give you the opportunity to work within the industry and learn about it in another capacity. They will also extend your skills and it will help you get another type of part-time job rather than simply working in a bar or store. It is a difficult and competitive world and it will always be a challenge, but if you are passionate and dedicated to your dreams, you will do anything to make it happen. Including working alongside it in any other form to fund it. You might find something else you are in love with, you’d be surprised.

Happy Reading guys! And let me know if this helps or if you need any advice.
The Lava Monster

Travelling on a time limit!

I believe that everyone, if not most people, would love to spend their entire lives travelling, embedding themselves in culture, tasting new food and listening to live music in the warmest sunniest weather ever. However, we all know this is unrealistic because work… but also because with work commitments come TIME commitments.

I work a 9 to 5 job which I love am getting a lot of experience from, but I do feel the itch and urge to travel ALL THE TIME. My partner recently returned from 2 months abroad, and it has been killing me that I do not have two months to take off to go abroad. I am, however, entitled to 25 days of holiday, excluding bank holidays, and make the most of my holiday time not to sort out my life – that’s what weekends are for! – but to see the World.

I have some top tips for us 9 to 5 workers, on how to travel within your limited time!

Working hard, saving hard

I am THE WORSE at saving money, but even I manage! With birthdays, theatre, arts, festivals, food, people to see, friends and family to spoil, fashion, dog to feed, car to maintain, insurance to pay, rent to pay etc, temptations and reasons to spend money are more than a person can bargain for, but it is important if you are a travel addict to prioritise. Purchasing cheaper but meaningful presents, watching fringe theatre instead of west end shows, going to local festivals and cooking home cooked meals are ways to save your money and still have a great time. Recently my boyfriend and I started a no dinner dates policy to help us both save. He has just returned from a 2 month travel stint himself but we felt we needed a break together, so we are saving for a trip to the city of love itself… Paris! Saving is HARD there is no two ways about it, we are constantly bombarded with things we want to buy. We are all huge consumers, and although I love clothes, that is not actually what makes me want to spend my money – huge believer in recycling clothes! I go weak at the knees at the thought of new music, adventure days and anything live entertainment. But I have prioritised and 2015 is a HUGE travel year for me.

Taking holiday time at the RIGHT time

The UK has a few handy bank holidays, aside from Christmas and Easter, we boast of two bank holidays in May and one at the end of August. I know it can be expensive to book trips at this time of the year, however, if you are working and saving for a trip already, dish out another 50 or 100 pounds and you can extend your time, or book an extra trip in that year that you were not expecting to book. I am a firm believer in travelling on off peak seasons, no families or children school parties driving me insane. HOWEVER, I am a huge victim of the travel bug so will do anything to travel and that includes making the most of my extra bank holiday time! As well as my time in lieu.

Making the most of your travel time

It is very difficult sometimes to make a holiday a travelling experience. IT IS POSSIBLE! I know with hard work we all want some relaxing time off, to just chill and get back in touch with ourselves. I also believe it is impossible to be abroad and not want to experience everything that country has to offer in a short space of time. GET LOST! I love getting lost in cities I have never been to and eat all sorts of random things. Visit the great big and mapped out monuments on all the must see lists of everything you have ever read, but then discover a museum of light bulbs and lamps that no one has ever heard of and has just become your most favourite place. My man and I discovered a gallery in Barcelona in 2014 that was just the most mesmerising thing. We went back, as you would with things you fall in love with, and we bought two of this artist’s pieces. A photo will come in another post. My point is dear readers, it is possible to travel and explore places in short bursts of time, if you get it in your heads that you’re going to see it, then you will. SO DO IT!

My dear readers, take your time to see the world, it is a vast stunning place and you do not need to rush it. If like me, you cannot stop and see it all in one go, then work, build a wonderful career and use it to reap the benefits of seeing and experiencing the earth. Discover everything you want to, even within the UK I have a lot I want to discover. Travelling and seeing the world in itself is a holiday because it takes you out of the norm of your day to day, so I urge you not to be complacent with your time abroad and actually broaden your mind.