Oh man, yesterday was a really good day. In part because I cooked THIS…
...which just puts a smile on my face by looking at it, but the whole day was generally one of those good days.
The past week has been stressful-- I had to turn in my Organic Chem midterm plus take my first Anatomy & Physiology test. For me, this meant very little sleep, a ton of studying, really early mornings, a lot of coffee, and countless thoughts running through my head at all times.
So yesterday I declared a mini break. I needed some sleep and a break from the pressure of exams and the work.
So...I woke up at 9:30!!!! Usually my alarm goes off around 6:30/7, and especially this past week, I've woken up really early to get my studying on. 9:30 was freakin' amazing.
Feeling refreshed, the first thought in my head was "brunnnchhh!".
I ventured to my favorite little rinky dink diner on my block and sat in my usual seat-- at the counter. I like to be part of the action and the hustle and bustle. I love hearing the conversations between the owners and the "usuals" who come in every morning, sit at the counter and order the same thing. I also love hearing what people order. For instance, today this guy came in and sat next to me. He first ordered soup, but the diner wasn't serving soup till 11. He then ordered fruit, but when told how much the fruit cost, he decided against it. Then he said, "fine just give me some of those Rice Krispies. I don't want milk though, I am on a diet". Of course I internally rolled my eyes. I could have talked to him for three hours about what he could be eating instead of Rice Krispies but I kept my smartass mouth shut. Then he proceeded to POUR WATER into his rice crispies instead of milk!! Oh my gosh. I wanted to half laugh and half be like WTF are you doing dude. I felt bad for him-- his idea of dieting is Rice Krispies with water for breakfast?? Oh man, that is so sad, we've got problems.
Anywho, I ordered a smoked salmon eggs benedict type of thang (minus the hollandaise), had three cups of coffee (they were small!) and chilled out reading my non-school-related book for at least an hour and a half. I was so happy.
Then I got a few things done around my apartment and headed down to class. I only have one class on Thursdays which is really nice and I don't mind going at all. It is my psychology class and I absolutely love it. My teacher is amazing and I find the material so interesting and applicable to everyday life.
As I was venturing back home, I started getting really hungry. I was inspired by this the other day, but I needed something more than just veggies. The thought of pizza entered my head and I couldn't get it out. I needed to make it, and it needed to be made now! I headed to the grocery store and did some shopping. And by shopping I mean whizzing through the aisles frantically picking up my ingredients so that I could just get home already and start cooking.
This thing came together in about 25 minutes. I grilled the eggplant and 1 tomato on a grill pan while I stretched my dough out. I used a rolling pin to make the crust as thin as possible. Topped it with some sauce, ricotta, the veggies, fresh figs, some basil leaves, and finished it off with a drizzle of balsamic and olive oil plus some grated fresh parmesan. 10-15 minutes in a 450 degree oven and it was finito.
I demolished about half of this. Since it was nearing the end of the work day, I seriously debated asking a couple people to come by to eat the rest, but then I got really selfish and stored the rest in my freezer. I am usually good at sharing, but I just couldn't part with this pizza. I felt guilty as I stashed it away, convincing myself that i was still a good person.
After getting my fill of 'za, I got a few more things done at my apartment and allowed myself to digest a bit, and then headed to a dance class (!!) at my gym that I have been wanting to go to for months now. You better bet I danced. To all sorts of music. It was pretty hilarious and I'm glad none of you were there watching.
I took a quick shower and then headed out. I first stopped by a bar where many of my old coworkers were and was able to see them again. I hadn't seen any of them since I left and it was awesome to catch up a bit. Finally, I met up with a friend for drinks to end the night.
So yeah, yesterday was a good day. I hope you enjoy this pizza and that it makes your day a little bit better :)
Eggplant, Fig and Ricotta Pizza
1. Preheat oven to 450
2. Start by cooking your eggplant and tomato. I used a grill pan but you can bake the tomato and eggplant our you could just use a regular satuee pan. The point is to just let it cook until its soft. I added a little bit of olive oil, S&P to these while I was cooking them.
3. Roll out your dough and get to work on it! Use a rolling pin and some flour to get it as thin as possible. Or, if you like thicker pizza, keep it a bit thicker.
4. Once you have your dough rolled out, sprinkle the cornmeal on a baking pan and then top it with your dough.
5. Add pizza sauce and spread it around the dough. Add ricotta and spread it as much as you can. It's ok to just have small spoonfuls of it randomly placed around the pizza-- you don't need to spread it all around.
6. Add the cooked tomato and eggplant. Add figs. Add basil. Top with grated parmesan.
7. Sprinkle the entire pizza with a little bit of EVOO (1 T) plus the balsamic vinegar. Add a touch of S&P.
8. Pop it into the oven for about 10 minutes, or until crust is crispy and cheese is melted.