Totally tastes like fall: apple, feta, and walnut pizza

Lordy, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted. November is never a very peaceful time in a student’s world—recalcitrant projects and impending deadlines and escalating stress levels have all combined to make my life a bit less relaxed than I’d prefer. And when sleep is a luxury, then blogging definitely is. 

However, after pulling an all-nighter for a project on Monday, Tuesday morning I went to bed and just about slept the clock round. And now I feel fabulous, energetic, and creative. 

Photo1So for lunch today, I made an apple, feta, and walnut pizza. Holy mother, delicious. And somehow, it just tastes like fall. (Also, I had the ingredients for this at home. Nothing like creating something delicious just out of what’s in the kitchen.)

I used this recipe on Healthy Foodie, subbing in things I had for the few things I didn’t.

Here’s what you need:

  • Pizza dough (I used a can of whole wheat pizza dough, use whatever you are comfortable with. Someday I plan to include making pizza dough from scratch among my projects… but not today.)
  • 2 apples (I used Granny Smith), sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts, crushed
  • about 2 1/2 oz of feta cheese (or goat cheese, but I had feta)
  • about 1 oz of shredded cheddar (or moz, but again, I had cheddar)
  • olive oil
  • ground nutmeg
  • rosemary

Here’s what you do:

  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees
  • Situate your pizza dough on the pan (if you are a newbie to the pizza-making process like me, and used a can, then instructions are on the can. If you’re going old-school, then I imagine you already have a process. Basically just oil the pan and spread the dough out.)
  • Lightly spread olive oil on the dough (I used my [clean, obviously] hands: just pour a little into your palms and pat the dough till very slightly oiled.)
  • sprinkle ground nutmeg on the dough (I thought this would be weird, and I can definitely taste it, but it’s absolutely amazing.)
  • sprinkle shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese on nutmeg
  • lay apple slices on cheese
  • sprinkle on feta or goat cheese (as little or as much as you prefer)
  • sprinkle on chopped walnuts
  • toss some chopped rosemary on top
  • Bake for 9-10 minutes.

Photo3And oh-my-god. This would be a great (and kind of unusual) appetizer (I’m picturing individual size pizzas, cut with large cookie cutters) or perfect with soup and salad as a dinner. Or all by itself, consumed over the computer while wrestling with school projects, as I am doing. Regardless—I’ll make this again, and you totally should too.


Fall Favorites

I spend more time on Pinterest… wait, no, that’s a little too specific. I spend way more time on the internet in general than is really wonderful for my to-do list. Such is life. But Pinterest, for those of you not (yet) addicted, is an inspiration site on which users (me, you, whoever) can post and organize images into collections. It’s fun. Lots of home décor stuff, lots of fashion, lots of pretty pictures of food. Like a picture book of Martha Stewart.

In honor of the whole fall thing that I’ve been gushing over, I’ve been collecting seasonal inspiration images over on Pinterest. Here are a few of my favorites.

I hadn’t quite noticed this theme until now—trails and walkways spooling out from the walker/viewer/photographer—but I’ve collected at least five more images that are similar. No idea why—something about long walks and paths not taken, I suspect. Anyway, the leaves are pretty.

Love all the decorations. And while throwing a huge fall party, complete with pussywillow centerpieces and caramel apples, might not be in this year’s schedule, it’s fun to look at the pictures and dream about a time when there will be time.

And the clothes! Here’s the story: I bought boots this year. Tall (up to my knee) flat boots. I live in South Carolina—I don’t need boots! But I bought ‘em, and suddenly I like my clothes again. There are so many new combinations! The boots butch up all of those frilly pastels that I love, boots + tights make skirts that are a tad too short comfortable again, they’ve kept all of my sundresses in rotation, and I feel awesomely badass in them. So yeah, the clothes!

And I need a pattern for this hat. Or maybe just I just need this hat.