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.
And to freshen up after dinner…. a mint?