Ian’s working late, I’m hungry and do not feel like cooking!
There are times that I find myself sat on the sofa of an evening, with just the remote control for company, and at present – the wind howling down the chimney. They don’t happen often but I kind of enjoy them, when they do. I can camp out on the sofa, catch up with all those obscure programmes I recorded, then curl up in bed with a book before Ian comes back. It also means I can eat something that Ian doesn’t normally eat, aka my guilty pleasure, Waitrose Fish Pie. Yes, it’s a bung-it-in-the-oven meal for one, and there is no prep other than take the film off and bake. Oh the shame… But it’s my little me-time.
So this week, as I sat there checking in with Ian to see what sort of time he’ll be home, I realised that I’d no fish pie for supper. Huge school girl error, Louise! A quick kitchen hunt yielded nothing overly inspiring in possibilities, except a couple of wraps and the usual fridge lingerers.
Now I love pizza, I could order pizza. I really do love it. I know it can be a little clichéd as a favourite ‘type’ of food, but, well there’s no buts! It’s the cheese – stringy, melty, gooey and squidgy, add great sun-dried tomatoes, all nice and tomatoey with the cheese and, well I could live on that alone. I will confess that there is only one take-way/fast-food pizza that I could eat without hesitation, and sadly, or maybe it’s a good thing, but our nearest branch is over in Swindon and they don’t deliver to Cirencester. I suppose, I could just order pizza from the place that will deliver to us, but i) it’s not really the other brand of pizza and ii) it’s doesn’t fall into my Weight Watcher’s game plan.
Well, there’s no break-the-diet take-away and no warm and comfy fish pie for supper, but I could do a pizza of sorts using those wraps. Pitta pizzas are always a standard stable when there’s no pizza dough left in the freezer. Oh and yes, as with most of the bread in the house, Ian makes take too. Although I am going to give it a go this year. There was last weekend’s brioche experiment which didn’t go quite to plan, but it was a start.
So with the thought of pizza firmly implanted in the old brain, the mid-week munchies were given into and a slightly different pizza was put to the taste-test. The wraps we tend to have in the house are the multiseed wrapbreads; they’re a bit bigger than smaller tortillas and they’re pretty tasty. So after a quick spread of sundried tomato paste, a slather of light soft cheese, add the crucial veggies tomato, onion, mushrooms, peppers, a little wafer thin
mint ham, a sprinkle of crumbled low-fat feta, light mozzarella, Basssssill (sorry, more John Cleese references), oregano and garlic. Pop the lot into the oven for 10-12 minutes and ta dah mid-week munchie pizza without the take-way, reasonable on the diet and it’s not a half-bad substitute for that fish pie.
- 1 soft flour wrap
- 1 tbsp sundried tomato paste
- 30g light cream- cheese
- 1 tomato
- ½ onion
- ½ red pepper
- 2 mushrooms
- 1 slice wafer thin ham
- 4 cherry tomatoes
- 25g light feta
- 30g light mozzarella
- Preheat the oven to 200ºC
- Spread the sundried tomato paste evenly over the wrap
- Spread the light soft cheese over the tomato paste; they will mix together slightly
- Thinly slice the onion, mushrooms and red pepper and sprinkle over the pizza
- Shred the wafer thin ham and sprinkle over the pizza
- Thinly slice the tomato and tear the mozzarella, then layer onto the pizza
- Sprinkle the crumbled feta
- Add the chopped cherry tomatoes
- Sprinkle with the basil, oregano and garlic
- Pop in the oven for 10-12 minutes
- Serve with a fresh green salad
And to freshen up after dinner…. a mint?