Yesterday it rained like there was no tomorrow, which was followed by a nice sunny day today. I sort of love weekends like this…one rainy day to lounge around and be lazy and one perfectly sunny day where I can be out and about enjoying the day.
Today we hopped on the motorcycle, Adrian’s, not mine, and went for a idyllic ride through the mountains. There was no humidity in the air and the sun was shining brightly. What a blessing it was. I love riding on the back of the motorcycle, it gives me lots of time to enjoy the view and think about life, my upcoming week etc.
I look a little angry, but it’s only cause the sun was so bright, resulting in a squinty face.
More importantly today, it gave me time to think about dinner.
As some of you may know, I often complain that I do not have an oven here in Korea. It’s annoying, but I try to make the best of it.
No Oven, No Problem!
I managed to make a thin crust pizza and an apple crisp all in the same little pan (at different times, not mixed together :). When you are a cook/baker without an oven, you gotta get creative sometimes.
I was craving pizza and a baked apple dessert and I was not going to let my lack of cooking equipment get in my way. I fired up my creativity engines and got to work. I had previously made some successful Naan bread in a pan, so I thought, why not pizza! And why stop there? Where there is dinner there must be dessert and I was determined to make myself an apple crisp.
Enter sounds of angels singing from the heavens; the pizza was so delicious.
I kept the crust nice and thin and kept the toppings to a minimum so it would not get too soggy or floppy. The result was a nice chewy and crispy crust. For my base I spread on some pesto and topped it with some brie and mozza, chicken, zucchini, broccoli, mushrooms and onions.
This one above had the addition of bacon for Adrian.
With a side salad.
To die for. My pizza craving has been fulfilled!
Dessert was just as good, maybe better.
Stove-top apple crisp is so quick and simple, if only I had this revolution sooner.
Apple Crisp Topping:
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- 3 Tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- 1/4 of oatmeal
- 3 Tbsp. of chopped walnuts
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- pinch of salt
Melt the butter in the pan and add the other ingredients. Keep tossing it around for about 5 mins till it turns a nice a golden brown colour. Take out of the pan and set aside.
- 2 thinly sliced apples
- 1 Tbsp. butter
- 1 Tbsp sugar/honey
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- Optional: raisins, dried cranberries etc.
Sauté apples in butter over medium heat to soften; for about 8 minutes, or softened to your liking. Stir in sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, and salt. Simmer 2 minutes.
Serve apples with the crunchy oatmeal nut topping and, of course, some vanilla ice cream!
Dig in and enjoy. Take a picture quickly because the sweet smell of “baked” apple crisp will overwhelm you and you will find it a challenge not to inhale it in one bite.
Hope you are having a splendid weekend.