Wednesday, September 21, 2011

balance and the fig prosciutto pizza

More often than I’d like to admit, it's easy to be overwhelmed with our own lives.  Working, writing, public speaking, chauffeuring, homework, volunteering, cooking, cleaning, exercising…always answering!  These on top of the little details that keep the day moving forward makes it challenging to enjoy leisurely activities with each other as a family.  

It’s difficult to lead a balanced life.  The feeling of accomplishment doesn’t factor when it feels like you’re never done, when you're finishing one task while your mind is on another.  As I approach a very busy season of birthdays, Thanksgiving and travel, I start to breathe deep, and remind myself about the reason.  The motivation behind it all. 

I’ve realized that what I really want to do in my life, is to create magical moments.  That no matter what the task is, that every moment can really be cherished as part of a positive memory.  To balance the sweet and not so sweet (Yes, even if doing the dishes, with a little music, can make the task more magical…or at least seem faster!)  And that sometimes to achieve that, I’d have to venture out of my comfort zone, to realize and admit, my strengths and weaknesses.  And to allow others (and myself), to accept both

Fig & Prosciutto Pizza

Enjoy the sweetness of the figs and honey, saltiness of the prosciutto, mellow tastes of the cheese, and the freshness of the arugula.  

  • Pre-made or homemade pizza dough
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2-3 figs, sliced in quarters 
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Thinly sliced goat cheese, blue cheese or mozzarella (to taste)
  • 6-8 thin slices of  prosciutto
  • 1 small bunch arugula
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • ½ cups shaved parmesan
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Roll out  the pizza dough as thinly as possible. Place on a large baking or pizza sheet.
  • Drizzle lightly with olive oil and sprinkle lightly with salt. 
  • Lay slices of cheese of your choice all over the surface. 
  • Layer prosciutto and figs all over.
  • Bake for approximately 15-20 minutes, or until crust is golden and cheese is bubbly.
  • Remove then turn off the oven.  
  • Layer on arugula and parmesan shavings, the drizzle with honey.
  • Place back into turned off (but still warm) oven, until parmesan melts.
  • Serve.  

Perfect balance.

{Linked to Homemaker on a Dime}

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