Sometimes when I sit down to write the food really speaks to me. I know what I want to say or at least have some sort of plan when I decide to put pen (keystroke) to paper. Other times though, I get a little stumped, thankfully not full on writer’s block, but more just a lack of focus. It is when I am in situations like this that I am grateful for the awesome people I have around me, for when I questioned my friend Lauren over lunch as to what I should write about, she merely said, “it’s pizza, it sounds delicious. Isn’t that enough?”
Enough? Are eight words enough? I mean definitely succinct…..But Lauren totally hit it the nail on the head. With eight words I was reminded that food doesn’t always have to be about the health benefits, or the way it makes us feel. It doesn’t always need to be laden with nutrition facts or deep discussions on the why we eat the way we do. Sometimes food is just that. Food. Delicious food. Enough said.
The golden rule it seems of getting healthy is to eat like your grandparents did. A simple approach as aisles upon aisles of frozen goop and boxed whatever didn’t really exist back (although I believe my Dad said Spam was around… so that might make for a bit of grey area). But while we often focus on the “what” they ate we never really focus on the “how”. Back then there weren’t daily reports on saturated fats and phytonutrients. There weren’t countless articles on the power of green smoothies, nutrient timing and “cheat days”. Blogs, magazines, TV channels…. There just wasn’t that constant media stream bombarding them with every minute detail, of every morsel they put in their mouths.
I’m not suggesting that all that knowledge isn’t a good thing, but it seems our increased insights on food hasn’t really equated to an increase in health. We are still a society that struggles with weight, and a multitude of ails as a result of that. Even those of us that are “healthy” by weight standards are consumed with rules on what to eat and how to eat, to stay healthy, fit, or thin. We are up on superfoods, know every source of gluten, and categorize foods into good, bad, or the likes thereof.
But maybe all this thinking muddles up what food is really supposed to be; just simple and delicious. When it is simple and delicious doesn’t the healthy part just seem to follow suit?
So here is to something that is just that. Pizza; simple, delicious pizza.
- 2 cup spelt flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- ⅔ cup water, warm
- 1 ½ tsp yeast
- Make Harissa (or use a spicy tomato sauce)
- Roast Broccoli
- Caramelize onions
- Roast Chicken, shredded
- Feta cheese, crumbled
- Combine spelt flour and baking powder in a large mixing bowl
- Combine honey, olive oil and water. Add yeast and allow to proof for 10 minutes (or until doubled in size).
- Add to flour mixture, kneading to combine.
- Cover dough and place in a warm area. Allow dough to rise until doubled in volume.
- Preheat oven to 450° F
- Roll out dough on floured work surface. Transfer to baking sheet or large pizza round.
- Top with harissa, broccoli, onions, chicken and feta.
- Bake for about 12 minutes, until dough is cooked through and golden on the bottom.