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White Pizza with Pear, Walnuts and Parmesan

4 Jan

This was made for a dinner party for six, along with two other pizzas. Although the others were great- rosemary and chicken, spicy sausage and red onion, the white pizza was  le grand experiment. I had made some whipped cream for a dessert and decided to set some aside and add some truffle oil to it (just a drizzle) for the white pizza base (luckily I don’t like my whipped cream overly sweet and had added minimal sugar!) This whipped truffle oil creme was probably the biggest discovery of the night. Although I didn’t serve them (this time!), I tried some truffle cream on  fresh crostini with spicy sausage. Oh.my.

White Pizza with Pear and Walnuts

The pizza was good. I found the crust overwhelmed the toppings a bit (when I find the perfect pizza dough recipe I will post it), as it was a bit bread-y. This pizza would be best served on a thinner crust (a la Terroni, the inspiration).

  • 1 thinly sliced pear
  • finely grated Parmesan for the base, topped with larger curls
  • loosely broken walnuts
  • fresh sage
  • black pepper
  • whipped cream
  • truffle oil

Cook at 450 for 15 minutes.

I also could use a pizza stone.

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Caribbean Spiced Pork Side Ribs- these are all about the rub

4 Jan

Spice mixture

These bad boys were divine- very flavourful and easy to make. The most time consuming (but fun!) part is assembling the rub- many ingredients but well worth it!

Ingredients for rub: 

    • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger
    • 1/4 tsp cayenne
    • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
    • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground clove
    • 1 tsp paprika
    • 1 tsp oregano
    • 2 tsp black pepper
    • 1 tsp salt
    • zest of 1 lime (plus juice)
    • 1 cup OJ

Rub generously with spices and cook covered in the  juice for 1.5 hours at 350 and then uncovered for another 1/2 hour. The rub creates a lovely nuanced crust, at once sweet, gingery, savory, peppery and citrus-y. Ta da! So easy.

I served the ribs  with salad, quinoa and baked sweet potato rounds. I drizzled the potatoes with fresh lime juice and topped with black pepper (sweet potato with lime is a fantastic combo. Try it!

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A Rare Sweet-Something

4 Jan

Avocado and Chocolate Pudding

I’m not huge into baking or sweet things, nor do I make desserts very often, however, this was one of my recent favourites! I kind of made it up with the inspiration of something I saw online. The original intent was to top it with whipped cream and more berries, but they looked so nice at this stage that I decided to quit while I was ahead (truthfully it tasted better with the additional cream, so next time I will work it into the final “design”, instead of serving it on the side). Luckily, my best friend who lives in Holland brought back some of those awesome caramel-wafer-waffle cookies which were amazing dipped into the fresh whipped cream.

If I knew last night I’d be starting this blog the very next day, I would have at least taken some better photos!

Due to popular demand (or at least said  best friend):

( makes 6 servings)

  • 4 small avocados
  • 2 bananas
  • 3/4 cup raw cocoa
  • 2-3 tablespoons agave syrup
  • some whipping cream
  • some sour cream (more sour cream than whipping cream- did not measure, sorry! Just enough to achieve a nice consistency in the food processor)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 small cap-fulls of vanilla extract (the real stuff)
Garnish with fresh berries and pear.
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