The last few months have been really busy, between work and other domestic issues, but with the end of year holidays coming up, it’s time to take a breather and contemplate the new year ahead.
Another year older, still not much wiser.
My birthday came and went, with not much to show for it’s passage. I did wake early to make some nice coffee with the last of our Kopi Luwak Beans and come up with (I think) an original quote, and had a nice lunch with a bonus birthday (cup)cake when I ran into an old friend by accident:
Contemplation of a life lived thus far, should be done with the aid of a good coffee.
Frying Pan Pizza Bianco with Mushrooms & Egg.
One thing of note though, was that I discovered a recipe for a home-made pizza which looked interesting:
175g self-raising flour
2 tsp oil, plus a drizzle for frying
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
4 rosemary sprigs, chopped
140g mushrooms, sliced
85g light cream cheese
Good pinch of chilli flakes
1. In a large bowl, mix flour with oil, 85 ml water and a pinch of salt to make a dough. Tip onto work surface and knead 1-2 mins to bring together into a smooth ball, then return to bowl, cover with a tea towel and set aside.
2. Heat a drizzle of oil in a flame-proof frying pan, roughly 22 cm wide. Ass garlic and most of the rosemary and sizzle for 1-2 mins until just turning golden. Add the mushrooms and cook 10 mins or until golden and tender. Season and tip out onto plate. Shape the dough into a thin disk roughly the same size as your pan, use hands. Place in the pan and cook for 4-5 mins over low-medium heat, until underside is golden. Flip and cook another 4-5 mins.
3. Heat grill to high. Season cream cheese and spread over pizza. Top with mushrooms, leaving space in the center for the egg. Crack the egg in the space and season, then place the pan under the grill for 3-4 mins until the white has set but the yolk is still a little runny. Sprinkle with chilli flakes and remaining rosemary before serving.
I left the pan in the oven a little longer than called for, and the egg turned out leathery. Still, it was an easy recipe and turned out much better than I imagined. More mushrooms and less on the rosemary would be good and perhaps a standard tomato base instead of the cream cheese might work as well.
We may never go back to frozen pizza ever again…