Yesterday was my one year blog-anniversary. If that’s not an excuse to celebrate, than I hardly know what is. Although honestly, between you and me, I find that I need very little excuse to celebrate. To make good food. To spend time with the ones I love. So if you’re thinking that it’s a bit odd that I threw my blog a birthday party, then just know that. I’ll celebrate anything… anytime… if it means I get to eat amazing food and spend the evening with my sister and husband.
And so, the three of us took a trip to Italy. Checked in on India. And then ended the night in Bali. We figured that with Julia Roberts as a guide, you can’t go wrong.
This was the pre-scheduled movie night that I’ve been mentioning as one of the nights Nate and I were allowed to watch TV (as we’re giving up television for the month of January). For weeks now, we’ve been planning a themed movie night in which we’d watch Eat, Pray, Love and then also — of course — do some eating of our own. Honestly, the movie was just ‘eh’.
But the food… oh my gosh, the food.
My sister Sarah from Running to Slow Things Down had read the book before we saw the movie, so she knew about the main character’s love affair with Italy’s pizza. So we bravely set out to make our own homemade version of an Italian pizza. My sister was insistent that our pizza was going to be amazing. Perfect. So she would settle for nothing less than excellence, which meant we had to travel half the globe to find fresh Basil. (Seriously, is there a Basil famine somewhere? None of the grocery stores seemed to have it). She was also insistent that we use fresh mozzarella, which meant we had to travel the other half of the globe for cheese. Well, we at least traveled a lot.
No lie, when a grocer at Market Basket told us that he had fresh basil out back, I wanted to throw my arms around his neck and exclaim, “I love you, Man!” But I held myself in check.
Not settling for less also meant making our own pizza dough. Kneading it. Stretching it. Drizzling it with olive oil and nestling it on a bed of cornmeal. (My sister’s job).
Then carefully arranging mozzarella, fresh tomato slices, and basil on top. (My job, which I took quite seriously).
Now the movie might be titled Eat, Pray, Love… but if our pizza endeavors were to be documented, I’d say the title would be Love, Pray, Eat. Because a lot of love went into this pizza. And we were praying, as we slid it into the oven, that it would actually come out okay.
There was no cause for alarm though, because — between you and me — it was one of the most amazing pizza’s I have ever eaten. No lie. You need to go out and try making the pizza this week. Or maybe right now, if you’re hungry and have the ingredients on hand. 😉 The crust was crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside, with just the perfect touch of flavor. The mozzarella melted, oozing throughout the pizza so that every bite was filled witch cheesy, warm tomato goodness. The fresh basil and garlic powder (which we substituted for fresh garlic) just brought this pizza over the top. (pizza dough from Bobby Flay). (Pizza recipe from Giada)
If I could be in love with a food, I think it might be this.
Oooh, yeah, love at first taste!
For dessert, we had opted to stop by a local bakery to see what they had for Italian pastries and confections. We brought home Tiramisu and cannoli’s. Just for the record, they tasted as good as they looked. It was like amazing food over-load, and I’m not sure that my taste-buds have fully recovered. Or that they ever will.
Great, now I’m going to have snooty taste-buds.
Like I mentioned before, the movie Eat, Pray, Love was just okay. I think my sister put it best when she said, ” I think there could have been way more eating and a little less praying and loving.” The movie really did focus on the religious aspect of her travels to India and Bali, when Sarah and I had been eager to see her try new foods and experience new places. That being said, our food definitely rocked, as did the company. 🙂 I can’t wait for our next themed movie night!! And maybe even our next reason to celebrate. 😉
Have you ever had a themed movie night? Any suggestions for us?