Is it bread or pizza?

I am a carb lover.  I love rice, pasta, and bread.  I am a bread LOVER.  I love all types.  I love pandesal (filipino dinner rolls), English muffins, Japanese sliced bread (sweeter and softer than regular sliced bread.  It’s as thick as Texas sliced bread, but better), croissants, pita, ciabatta, focaccia, baguette, etc.  We’ll have 3 different types of breads in our house at times and I’m still not satisfied (what a brat, I know!).  I truly do believe that the right type of bread makes a sandwich.  Think of your homemade sandwiches with sliced bread.  Now think of the same sandwich on a crusty or eggy bread (like brioche) from the deli.  There’s a difference isn’t there?  If I could, I would purchase baguette or some sort of crusty bread every week.  Unfortunately, when I do I only use half of it and the remainder gets stale (which I do use to make croutons).  I’m the only crusty bread lover in this house (The hubs does eats baguette loaves but only for bruschetta and garlic bread.  He doesn’t like it for sandwiches).  For some time, I’ve been wanting to make my own bread at home but the thought of making bread intimidates me.  I worry about kneading the dough too much that it will become dense or am I using the right flour, am I using the right yeast, etc.  My mom has a bread machine, which should make the whole process easier, but the thought of using such machinery also intimidates me.

That is until my sister introduced me to the blog, Marshalls Abroad.  Amanda lives in Okinawa because her husband is stationed there.  Love it!  Love reading about someone’s adventures living in Japan (lived there for 7 years during my adolescent years).  Love that she loves to travel.  Love that she loves cooking.  Anyhow, she shared a focaccia recipe and I was shocked by how easy it was.  I’ve made Pioneer Woman’s pizza dough which is relatively easy, so I was shocked to see that focaccia is just as simple.  Perhaps I thought it was hard because I thought it required bread flour (I didn’t really want to buy another type of flour) and to my excitement it didn’t!

I followed Amanda’s focaccia recipe, but altered it a tad.  I did not incorporate rosemary into the dough.  I indented the dough into quarters and flavored the tops of each quarter:  pesto and cheese; salt; salt & rosemary; mozzarella and cheddar.  I took the pesto quarter and had myself a mozzarella, roasted pepper, tomato, arugula, and prosciutto sandwich for dinner.  It was so tasty.  As I was preparing my sandwich, the husband came into the kitchen (he had eaten dinner beforehand as I was feeding Eva then) and asked if it was pizza crust sitting on the counter.  He took a piece to taste.  Minutes later he came back into the kitchen to have another piece and said “This is good.”  SUCCESS!  This recipe will definitely be in my recipe rotation.

For lunch, I took the rosemary portion and made myself an arugula, bleu cheese (laughing cow version), fig, and prosciutto sandwich.  DEELISH!

My sandwich with a side of white nectarines, burratta, and heirloom tomatoes.  Party in my mouth!

So scrumptious!

Do bread recipes intimidate you?  Do you have any easy bread recipes to share?

Vacation Blues…

Yes I’ve been away for quite some time.  I was ridiculously busy in December for work (which isn’t normal) and then I went home for the holidays (I thought I would be able to catch up on my blog but I was trying to enjoy as much time with the families).  Then when we got back from the east coast work became busy again and I wasn’t as motivated to write.  I’ve taken pictures of the food I’ve made and a couple of outfits but I was a bit lazy to edit the photos and actually blog.  Plus I have been trying to decide a new title for the blog, banner, layout, and set up a lightbox with the help of my husband and sister… so stay posted… hopefully you’ll see all of the changes soon.

For now here’s a photo recap of my favorite outfits and recipes I’ve cooked up the past two months… recipes and details of the outfit will come out in later posts.  WARNING:  There are a lot of photos… lots to catch up on.

December

dressed up for the hubs’ holiday party

my sparkly accessories

Ice skating underneath the palm trees

dressed up as rihanna for our themed christmas eve party

Christmas Eve Dinner

Christmas Eve  Desserts (Look at the fab buche de noel… yummy.  check out the foreclosure sign in front of the gingerbread house… gotta love my family!)

New Years Eve  Party in SF

Catwalk

Army Green

Channeling Kourtney Kardashian

Black and Tan

Playing with sequins

Feeling fab

Food Porn..lots of food porn.

Rocco DiSpirito’s Fried Chicken

Pot roast with pioneer woman’s creamy mashed potatoes (seriously drooling right now)

Bibimbap (Korean Dish)… salivating some more

Chicken Carbonara

Chicken Cacciatore

Chile Verde

Miso Salmon en Pappillote

Asian Chicken cobb salad

PW’s roasted vegetable pizza

Coq Au Vin

Cuban Pork

Kimchi Fried Rice


pita pizzas

For lunch, the easiest thing to prepare is a pita pizza.  Cut veggies, use leftover marinara sauce or pesto, deli meat…  Throw the ingredients on the pita bread, stick in the toaster oven until cheese is melted… DONE!  I blogged about making a salad pizza in my rocket post.  One of the easy things I prepare for my husband is a BBQ chicken pizza, especially if we have roasted leftover chicken (roasted leftover chicken has so many different possibilities… chicken nachos, banh mi sandwiches, chicken salad, bbq chicken pizza, chopped salad, etc.  its great to have in the fridge/freezer).

BBQ CHICKEN PIZZA

INGREDIENTS

Whole wheat pita or flat bread
BBQ sauce (whatever you have on hand to make ribs or pulled pork)
Hot sauce (if you’d like)
Roasted chicken, chopped or shredded
1 1/2 tbsp onions, chopped
3 tbsp reen bell pepper, chopped
5 grape tomatoes
2 tbsp colby jack or mozzarella cheese
cilantro

DIRECTIONS

Put pita/flat bread in the toaster oven or oven and toast for 5 minutes (not completely toasted).  Doing this holds the sauce and doesn’t make the “crust” soggy.

Meanwhile, heat a saute pan with oil.  When oil is hot, place onions into pan and when translucent, place bell peppers.  Sautee for 3 minutes.  Then add chicken to heat through for 2 minutes.

Spread the bbq sauce and hot sauce over the toasted pita/flat bread.  Then place onion/bell pepper /chicken mixture and tomatoes on top of sauce.  Sprinkle cheese on top and place in toaster oven/oven until cheese is melted.

Sprinkle the pizza with a bit of chopped cilantro.

Other options:

  • margherita pizza – olive oil or basil oil, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese.
  • chicken pesto pizza – pesto, chicken, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese.
  • proscuitto pizza – pesto, proscuitto, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese.
  • greek pizza – roasted chicken, oregano, tomatoes, roasted bell peppers, feta cheese.  and then I place cucumbers on top after cooked.
  • pepperoni pizza – pepperoni, marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese.
  • pepperoni pizza II – pepperoni, feta cheese, tomatoes, oregano.
  • bacon cheeseburger – satueed ground beef, chopped cooked bacon, cheddar cheese.

I could go on and on, but really you can do whatever you want.  These are just a couple of the ones that I whip up.