Friday Food Fight: Flatbread Pizza or Halloumi Couscous?

Welcome to Friday Food Fight, where two recipes duke it out to become my supper.

This week’s contenders:

PROSCIUTTO AND GRAPE FLATBREAD PIZZA: Making pizzas at home is so great, because you can be really creative! If you haven’t had a chance to cook for a few days, and some of your produce or meats don’t look like they’re going to make it through the week, just try some combinations, you might be pleasantly surprised!
*Mum’s tip: you can add some goat cheese to this recipe, it will compliment the tanginess of the grapes. And also, you can never have too much cheese.

1 flatbread or ready-made pizza crust
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (and goat cheese if you like)
6 slices prosciutto
1/2 cup red seedless grapes, halved
2 cups fresh arugula leaves

Preheat oven to 415F. Place flatbread on a greased pizza pan. Top flatbread with a splash of cream. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella evenly over crust. Top with prosciutto slices and grapes. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until pizza is lightly browned.
Remove pizza from oven and immediately place arugula leaves on top.

Recipe courtesy of Cheap Recipe Blog

HALLOUMI AND APPLE COUSCOUS SALAD: Here is another great meal that let’s you be creative. Couscous easily changes its flavour as things are added to it; so don’t be afraid to look around at what you already have instead of buying more ingredients.
*Mum’s tip: if couscous isn’t your thing, try substituting it for some quinoa, it has lots of the same properties and is super good for you!

75 gr couscous
1 slice of halloumi
1 stock cube
1-2 tbsp pistachio, roasted and chopped
3 tbsp pomegranate seeds
1/2 apple cubed
for the dressing:
2 tbsp orange juice
1 tbsp pomegranate juice
olive oil
lemon juice

Put the couscous in a bowl and pour over the hot stock. Make sure the couscous is just submerged but do not use too much stock. Cover with a lid and leave to stand for about 4 minutes.
Make the dressing by combining the ingredients and whisking them all together. I didn’t measure it exactly so just go with your own flavor instinct until it tastes to your liking.
Cut the halloumi into cubes and quickly fry them in hot oil. Leave to drain on kitchen paper and try not to eat them all before they go into the salad…
Put all the ingredients for the salad into a bowl and mix it together. Add a bit of the dressing, mix and serve the rest of the dressing to the side.

Recipe courtesy of JungleFrog Cooking

*VERDICT*: I’m in a bit of a rush, so I’ll try the flatbread recipe for tonight (with goat cheese). I’ll try the couscous this weekend perhaps, looks like a thoroughly yummy recipe. Lesson this week: don’t be afraid to add fruit and cheese.

What are you making for supper? Tweet me @warriorrenaud, or use the hashtag #fridayfoodfight.

Yes. My last name really is Warrior. No, not like Xena.

What is going on here? Have I accidentally stumbled upon a blog about the cheesy overtly-sexualized 90s television series Xena: Warrior Princess? Do not fret folks, Gabriela is still steering this boat to the land of awesome movies and tasty food.

Now, forgive me as I wonder off to find Hercules…


Monday Movie Marathon: So Quotable – Part II.

Welcome to part II of last week’s movie marathon, featuring the films that inspire me to the point where I wished I had come up with them myself. Ever get the feeling of being too inspired? (I know, would make for a great #firstworldproblem tweet.) Not sure if this 2-parter is helping me put things into perspective, or just bringing back some old feelings of “but that could be awesome too!”. I need to calm down now.

1. ANNIE HALL (Woody Allen, 1977): Obviously Allen had to make his way to my list, bloody genius film-making-machine. (Sorry, I’m calm.) Yes, Allen plays next to gorgeous actress Diane Keaton and yes, he frequently becomes a blubbering fool. But the back-and-forth between these two is priceless!

2. ORDINARY PEOPLE (Robert Redford, 1980): This is a bit more on the sad side, but nonetheless very very good. I could get all deep here and tell you that it makes you think and stuff, but I guess you get the point. Just be prepared to hate Mary Tyler Moore as the mother (I know, right?) and feel things for Donald Sutherland you never thought you’d feel (awkward.)

3. FARGO (Joel and Ethan Cohen, 1996): Oh Cohen brothers, how I wish I could spend a day in each of your brains…I am in love with all their films, but this one is pretty special. I think it was the film that introduced me to this love-hate relationship. I bet you’ll try to imitate Frances McDorman’s accent after watching this (or is that just me?).

4. TRAINSPOTTING (Danny Boyle, 1996): I may have needed subtitles the first time I watched this, but that hasn’t stopped me from seeing this film more than 10 times. It. Is. Great. A little disturbing, but great. Just makes me want to travel to Scotland and never have another drink again

5. IN BRUGES (Martin McDonagh, 2008): Bet you’d never heard of Bruges before this film? Bet you want to go there after seeing this film? This twistedly funny movie (again, might need some subtitles) will undoubtedly inspire you (whether it be in your writing or your future travel plans).

That’s it for this week’s Monday Movie Marathon. Now that I’ve gotten those off my chest, I can maybe, possibly focus on a project of my own! Set in Bruges, featuring the life of a drug addict couple who talk fast and shoot people. Done.

What would your picks be? Tweet me @warriorrenaud or use the hashtag #mondaymoviemarathon!