Saturday, March 20, 2010

When Inspiration Strikes...

Last week felt like it lasted an eternity and I was looking forward to just having some wine and dinner out after work Friday. That changed when J texted me in the afternoon saying our friend was coming to dinner, so I found myself clicking through Food Gawker trying to find some inspiration. I'd pretty much decided on making a baked pasta dish, only because I had a batch of homemade marinara in the freezer I could use and I knew I didn't have a lot of time. I wasn't exactly sold on the idea but couldn't think of anything else. After making a shopping list I headed out of work and off to Whole Foods.

On the way there I was finally hit with a wave of inspiration after remembering some beautiful heirloom potatoes I'd purchased a couple of days before. They were baby, fingerling-like ones that came in several different colors- deep purple, pink, blush...and I knew I wanted to make something using those.

Luckily Whole Foods still had them, so I tossed the baked pasta idea out and a dinner started to take shape. After grabbing a tub of Boursin cheese, a ball of pizza dough from the Whole Foods chef and some marinated seafood anitpasti, I was off.

Here's what we ended up having last night:

Marinated mussels and marinated octopus with green olives, which I purchased.

Spicy Genoa salami

Roasted carrots drizzled seasoned with garlic, drizzled with lemon juice & olive oil and finished with cilantro.

The result of the inspiration: a potato pizza which was so easy to put together. I just pressed the pizza dough into a baking sheet, brushed with olive oil and then smeared with Boursin cheese. Topped with thinly sliced potatoes, red onion, fresh rosemary and Italian parsley, it was really delicious!

This was the thing that I did spend some time on, but it didn't take too long. I had some beautiful blood oranges from my parents' tree so I layered them with some sugar and butter into a simple galette crust made from flour, sour cream, butter, ice water and lemon juice.

I especially loved the colors of the meal and I am really looking forward to the spring and summer produce at the local farmer's markets for more inspiration!

Hope you give this potato pizza a try sometime!


Eddie Lin said...

I just might give it a shot. I've never made a pizza before but why not start with this one!

Susan C said...

I love how you can whip up an elegant and delicious dinner on such short notice.

That's Ron said...

Hey Tokyo astro girl!

that looks super Yummo!!

Clare said...

Yum, I am going to try this here in Ireland. Looks so fresh and delicious, and we need some fresh food over here!