In a separate stockpot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat, and add the cauliflower. Stir over high heat for 5 minutes, seasoning until the cauliflower is just beginning to get tender. Add the chicken stock, garlic, bay leaves, tomatoes, pepper flakes, and salt and pepper, to taste, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the cauliflower is tender, about 15 minutes. Add water if necessary to ensure that all the cauliflower is submerged in hot liquid.
Yield: 1 1/2 quarts