It has been a while. I have missed writing but at the same time, I am having a block...a sort of writer's funk. Yesterday, I had a fleeting thought..."Perhaps, I could write tomorrow." And so, I did. I started a new article this afternoon, which I hope will get picked up some publication. I did a workout just after dropping Dear Daughter off at school. I have been doing simple walks early in the morning and following that up with more demanding walks in the afternoon followed by some weight training. It seems that the older I get, the harder it is to lose...even with how careful I am. After my workout, I planted my container garden, which was another workout in itself. Given that we do not have a place in our yard for a proper garden, I decided that this year, I would try to have a container garden.
In Europe, it was one of my greatest joys...having a proper vegetable garden in the summer. I was fairly successful except for the elusive tomato. I have never been able to grow a tomato. Maybe this year will be different. So with a combination of well-established and my own seedlings, I planted my garden this morning.
It doesn't look like much but I have some long boxes filled with lettuces, radishes and green onions. Several tomato and pepper plants are in their own round containers along with some container cucumber and zucchini plants. I even found Brussels sprouts seedlings yesterday and could not resist. In the corner, you will see a very large leafed plant. We are not really sure what you call them in French or English...only that this was one of our favorite plants in France and we have been bringing seeds back for over a decade...only to have no success in raising them. Finally, Dear Husband has been able to cultivate two. It will be interesting to see how they develop over the summer. We handle them as though they were babies.
With planting completed, it was nearly time for lunch. I know that I have written about my favorite pizza before and that I have even shared its recipe. It seemed a bit extravagant for lunch but who cares... I recently found a pretty good, thin pizza crust which comes in a snack size. The crust is only 150 calories...not much more than two pieces of bread for a sandwich. While I love sandwiches, this was way better.
Whenever I have pizza out, I always look for this pizza. While every pizzeria in Germany and Belgium had this pizza, here in Pittsburgh, it can be difficult to find. Perhaps another article in the future will be... Who had the best Prosciutto and Arugula Pizza? So far, I have had it a Piccolo Forno, Della Terra Italian Bistro, and Il Pizzaiolo.
I have found these crusts in both the Strip District and at Giant Eagle. These snack-sized ones are about the size of a salad plate...perfect for a light lunch. I lightly coated the top of the crust with a bit of chili oil just to give it a bit of a pop. Over the top, I layered two types of mozzarella. The pizza stone was heating in the oven at a temp of 425F. I slid the pizza into the oven for about 5-7 minutes.
When the pizza was browned around the crust, I took it out and quickly added some slices of prosciutto and a handful of super peppery arugula. I drizzled a bit of balsamic glaze over the top and Voila...White Pizza with Prosciutto and Arugula...and this blogspot! I just may be back...