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I had to call 911 to report a missing person this week. Some time after midnight on Sunday, everyone in my family received a call from my uncle-in-law asking if they knew where my aunt was. She wasn’t home and her phone was off. My uncle is always in bed by 9pm, and just happened to wake up to see a missed call from my aunt. There weren’t any text or voice messages.
My aunt is a realtor and typically works weekends. My uncle said she had some evening showings, but the latest should have been around 9pm, which meant she would have been home then. And my aunt is not one to stay out late.
Roasted cauliflower florets ready to be pureed
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from movies and TV shows, it’s that you need to wait 24 to 48 hours before you can report a missing person. Good thing I Googled this, because it’s false. You can report a missing person at any time. So I call 911, and the operator asks me for my address. I give it to her, then ask why they needed my address. Well, apparently, you can’t report a missing person over the phone. It needs to be done in person. You need to either go to the precinct or the police needs to come to your home. I tell the 911 operator I’ll call back since I needed to figure out what my family wants to do.
My uncle-in-law says to meet at his house. I call 911 again to tell the police to meet us at my aunt and uncle’s address. My family and I drive over, and my uncle is already outside anxiously waiting for us. We go inside to wait for the police to arrive. During this time, my uncle calls my aunt’s realtor friend, who he thought went to the 9pm showing with my aunt. My aunt’s friend tells him the showing was at 6pm and she hasn’t seen my aunt since.
Mashed cauliflower and sauteed red cabbage
As my uncle is on the phone with my aunt’s friend, trying to figure out what could have happened, my aunt walks into the house. She was surprised to see all of us, as we were to see her. My uncle starts yelling because he was so worried. She explains that she met with another client after the 6pm showing. The client didn’t have a car and needed a ride. Even though it was 40 minutes out of the way for my aunt, she drove the client home. She wanted to tell my uncle, but her phone was dead. At this point, my entire family starts yelling and scolding my aunt for not notifying anyone, so I step outside. I call 911 one last time to tell them the police no longer needed to come.
The thought of a missing family member is quite terrifying. Within that short period of time, I came up with the worst possible scenarios. What if she got into a car accident, what if she was mugged? I’m so happy I didn’t actually have to file a missing person report. I’m also very glad that, unlike fish, we have the option to seek help from police officers when a loved one goes missing. And if we didn’t have police officers, I’d sure hope we all could find a Dory to rely on. Make this mashed cauliflower and red cabbage for your loved ones and shape the mashed cauliflower into Dory for some added fun!
A vegan mashed cauliflower and sautéed cabbage recipe. The cauliflower is roasted before pureeing for added flavor. The red cabbage is sautéed using coconut oil to add sweetness. With a few extra ingredients, you can create Dory from Finding Nemo and Finding Dory.
- 1 medium cauliflower – chopped
- 3 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp fresh rosemary
- 1 garlic clove
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- ¼ cup (60 mL) vegetable stock
- ¼ cup (60 mL) full fat coconut milk
- ¼ cup nutritional yeast (optional)
- ½ head of purple/red cabbage – cut in half lengthwise and sliced
- 3 tsp coconut oil
- 3 cloves garlic
- ¼ cup (60 mL) vegetable stock
- ¼ tsp salt
- dash of pepper
- 3 roasted seaweed sheets
- 1 red onion
- 1 tortilla (GF)
- 1 yellow pepper
- purple/red cabbage juice
- pinch of baking soda
- Combine all the roasting ingredients except the cauliflower in a bowl and mix well. Toss the chopped cauliflower into the mix to coat.
- Spread the coated cauliflower onto a baking sheet.
- Roast at 350°F (175°C) for 25 to 30 minutes until lightly brown.
- Puree the roasted cauliflower and puree ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor until smooth.
- Melt the coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat.
- Add the garlic and cook until brown and fragrant.
- Place the cabbage slices into the skillet along with the vegetable stock, salt, and pepper. Sauté the cabbage for 5 minutes until tender.
- Wet 2 or 3 sheets of seaweed and press one on top of the other to create an opaque black sheet. Use a large round piping tip to punch out 2 pupils. Use a paring knife to cut Dory’s darker features and fin outlines.
- Cut two circles (a little bigger than the pupils) from one layer of red onion to make Dory’s iris.
- Use a paring knife to cut even bigger circles from the tortilla for Dory’s sclera. Use a small round piping tip to punch out 2 light reflections from the tortilla.
- Cut fins from the yellow pepper using a paring knife.
- Add a pinch of baking soda to the red cabbage juice for it to turn blue. Adding too much will make it turn green.
- Spoon some mashed cauliflower onto a plate and add red cabbage juice a little at a time until it reaches desired color.
- Shape the mashed cauliflower into Dory. Layer the sclera, iris, pupil, and light reflection pieces for Dory’s eyes. Add her fins and fin outlines.
- Enjoy with some purple cabbage!