Last night I was watching a new show called Freaky Eaters on TLC..mostly by chance, as it came on after LA Ink (love me some Kat Von D!) Anyways, it’s an odd show – each show focuses on one person who has some weird eating habit, where two professionals (a nutritionist and a psychologist) try to help them overcome their weird eating habit in a week. The first episode was about a woman who only eats French fries for every meal. Literally. She gags when she eats other foods, including baked potatoes! And apparently she’s eaten that way for over 20 years. Ummm…how is that possible? But I digress. The next episode was about a man who only eats pizza. Every meal. And has developed an allergy to milk products because of it, among other health issues. You’d think that wouldn’t entice the watcher to want to eat either of those foods, at least not the next day.
But that’s exactly what I did.
On my way home from school, I have to walk past a pizza place as I go from the bus to the train. And it’s usually right around lunch time. And today, the smell was just so enticing, I knew I wanted to make a pizza for lunch when I got home.
Problem was, I couldn’t think of any good pizza ingredients we had in the fridge. I knew there were pitas in the freezer, and some baby spinach and onions in the fridge, which wouldn’t make for a very exciting pizza.
But then I started digging. My dad had picked up some pepperoni sticks, so I chopped up one of those. Then I found an almost empty jar of marinated artichokes. And there were a couple of slices of tomato leftover from burgers the night before.
As for a sauce, I simply brushed some olive oil on the pita, and sprinkled it with chopped fresh basil and oregano from our herb garden, plus a little garlic powder. I baked it for a couple minutes before adding my toppings – which also grew to include some rehydrated dried porcini mushrooms I found in the cupboard, and a smattering of shredded aged white cheddar.
Finished off with a sprinkle of red pepper flakes, it turned out to be quite the gourmet pizza.
And here I thought I was just going to eat a pile of spinach and onion on a pita. I’m a regular Pizza MacGyver, I tell ya!
Have you cobbled together any interesting dishes lately when you thought you had nothing to work with? Do share!