At long last! Something fresh! Something new! An update! :D So far in Brunei Hall, I haven't been cooking much. The first two weeks, I made do with their dinners, but after Puasa was over, I simply could not stomach the food anymore. Its not *bad*. Its just a tad too bland and really not my taste (too *Malay*, if you know what I mean...)
Anyway, I've actually been making myself a variety of proper lunches, since my classes are usually quite far from Brunei Hall, and the food either cannot be eaten or expensive. I made a really tasty sandwich combination of chicken, shallots, red pepper and cheese. I wanted to take a picture, but it didn't come up well, haha.
But anyway, today we ended early for once. I wanted to eat a hot meal, so I decided to hold off lunch until I got home, even though we did have an hour off for lunch in between classes. Never mind. Here's what I came up with. ;)
What you need:
2 small-ish pitta bread rounds
Topping, of your choice
Grated cheese - I used a combination of cheddar and mozarella
Ground white pepper, and a lot of it!
A bit of oil
For one of my toppings, I used minced chicken mixed with a bit of honey, plenty of garlic powder, a dash of soy sauce and a pinch of salt.
The other topping was just of tomato slices. :P
But really, you can use anything you want. :D
What you do:
- Place the pitta breads on a baking tray.
- Rub a little bit of oil over the tops, and sprinkle over your toppings of choice.
- Sprinkle over the grated cheese. I sprinkled the topping with some black pepper before adding the cheese. Over that, I sprinkled white pepper. Ahhh, how I love my pepper. :D
- Bake in 180 oven for about 30 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbling. Allow to cool slightly, before cutting into half and eating! :D
And no, I didn't cook the chicken before cooking the "pizza". I wanted to, but changed my mind. In the end, the chicken was cooked, even though I went overboard and put a bit too much chicken on the bread. Hehe, so all was good. :) The chicken was a bit much though, I had to admit. :P
Anyway, back to the topic on hand... how was it? Hmmm, obviously, you can do this on normal sliced bread as well, but the pitta bread lends the dish a bit of exoticness, if I do say so myself, hehe. The "pizza" was not as fluffy as normal bread, and as a result, it was quite crisp, which is rather reminiscent of thin-pan pizzas that some people like. I myself like deep-pan pizzas, but this was still acceptable. It wasn't as crunchy as some pizzas I've had. If you want it even crunchier though, you could even slice the pitta bread horizontally at the pocket, since that would make it much thinner. Or another idea is to slice it in half, but only halfway. You can then add the fillings and cheese in the resulting pocket. This would make a cross between a pizza and a kebab, I'd assume. :)
As for the toppings, they turned out really well, actually. The honey garlic chicken did taste of honey and garlic (no duh... haha), but I would've preferred more garlic, I think. One advantage of cooking it in advance would be that you can taste it in advance. :P The tomatoes were also quite okay, even though I never was a fan of fresh tomatoes. It would've been nicer if some tomato sauce or passata was spread over the base though... make the tomato flavour even stronger. But, as I said, you can use basically anything you want. Once of the suggested toppings was pure vegetable - peppers and potatoes. I wouldn't like that all that much though, so I gave it a miss. :P
So... this is it for now! :)
Quote of the day: You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six.