Sunday, 22 March 2009

Cooking and the recession

Well, we know staying in is the new going out, and suddenly even the White House has a kitchen garden, so as a change from the usual topics in this blog I thought I'd occasionally share what we cook.

Of course this is going to be Canberra centric, but I'm sure you can work out substitutes.

Potato and Prosciutto pizza

Good quality 30cm pizza base - either Pangallo's hand made (Deli Planet) or Nonna's traditional (Superbarn) or make your own. Do not buy the cheap frozen doughy ones that taste like polyfilla - you will regret it.

100g thin sliced chat potatoes
75g lean prosciutto - deli planet
quarter of a red onion thinly sliced
3/4 can Rosa's artichoke hearts in brine (don't use the oil and vinegar marinated ones)
100g Mozzarella (grated) (any decent brand works)
20g Parmesan grated
dried Chilli (pinch)
Fresh Basil (market or back yard)

Thinly slice the potatoes and cook in microwave until tender.
Spread the mozzarella evenly over the pizza base (Pangallo's and Nonna's both come pre-wiped with oil and tomato - if you're using a plain base wipe with a mixture of oil and tomato puree)
Add the onion to the mozzarella layer
Layer the potatoes over the mozzarella
Roughly quarter the artichoke hearts and put evenly over the potatoes. (save what's left over for a salad the next day)
Coarsely shred the Prosciutto and put bits evenly over the potatoes.
Sprinkle Parmesan over the top mixed with the pich of dried chilli.
Top off with a few shredded Basil leaves, and the merest sprinkle of olive oil.

Cook in a pre heated oven at 220C for 10-12 minutes while listening to Johnny Clegg

Serve with a raddichio, fennel and lettuce salad and a decent bottle of red eg Mad Fish CabSav or Ninth Island PinotNoir

Listen to jazz and talk about what interests you, work art language and whatever. Relax and enjoy. Do human things.

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