Although we’ve been lucky for a number of years now, living in FL you know the drill and you don’t take chances. A couple days before a storm’s forecasted arrival: fill the gas tank, stock up on water and fresh ingredients — fruits, veggies, cheeses, crusty bread. Things that are easy to eat without power. And … while you still have power, start cooking what’s in the freezer.
I was prepared but once it was reality and I was stuck in the house till it passed, my thoughts went to comfort foods. So, with the first rain band, I got cooking – literally!
Growing up, rice pudding was a frequent dessert. My mother made it, my grandmother made it, everyone made it. But it must have skipped a generation because I never make it and I don’t think my sister does either. Of course, it’s probably because we’re always watching carbs, counting calories and try to stay away from white foods! :( But this was a potential hurricane. I needed comfort.
I loosely followed this recipe. It was creamy and everything one expects from rice pudding. But I think with the passage of time, I lost my taste for rice pudding. A couple of teaspoonfuls was all I needed to satisfy the urge.
Broccoli and Bacon Crumb Pesto Pizza
Ready-made pizza dough slathered with pesto, chopped roasted broccoli and grape tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, toasted broccoli crumbs and crumbled bacon.
Finishing Touch: Sprinkle of broccoli crumbs (the tips of florets) that have been toasted with a little crumbled bacon.
• • •
The hours pass and the rain continues, but I still have power. The worst is yet to come later tonight.
I started cooking (and eating) early in the morning so there may yet be another bite before lights out. Maybe the Sicilian Pistachio Gelato in the freezer. Who knows? The electricity might go out while I’m sleeping and it would be shame if it melted. Right? Right!