A few weeks ago, I celebrated my husband’s 31st birthday. He wanted a cozy, quiet celebration for what he deems the forgotten age. Actually, he almost forgot his birthday was approaching until I reminded him the day before. To respect his wishes, yet still make his birthday memorable and special, I decided to give him a homemade gift and meal. I made him a framed photo collage of all our vacations from the first one we went on, up until the most recent. I printed small square photos of selected pictures and then arranged them chronologically. I loved seeing my husband’s face light up when he opened his gift. It was also fun to relive all of our adventures. The idea is similar to this image (from Pinterest):
For dinner, I prepared one of his favorite meals, pizza. I wanted to do a more sophisticated version of pizza, as we regularly make homemade Margherita pizza. Plus, I still am on a mission to use our lifetime supply of vegetables! I opted for grilled vegetables and goat cheese on honey, wheat and rosemary flatbread. Generally, I don’t enjoy eating goat cheese by itself, as I find the taste to be a bit overwhelming. However, pairing it with sweet fruits, honey or jelly makes for an amazing and harmonious combination. This recipe is healthy, delicious simple and tastes even better with white wine or champagne.
What you need.
- 1 summer squash
- 2 medium, firm tomatoes
- 2 small red onions or 1 large
- goat cheese
- chopped fresh chives (optional)
- 1 TBSP honey
Dough (makes enough for 2 pizzas, you can freeze half or make 2)
- 1 c of warm water
- 2 TBSP of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp of wine
- 3 cups of flour ( half white, half wheat)
- 1 tsp of salt
- 1 tsp of instant or rapid rise-yeast
- 2 TBSP fresh rosemary
How you make it.
- For the dough. Mix wet ingredients together. Mix dry ingredients together. Mix in the rosemary. Pour wet into dry. Using any means necessary, spoon, figures, etc., form a ball. If the dough is to dry, add a TBSP of water, however, this is rarely necessary.
- Knead it 3 minutes on a floured surface. Place the dough in a lightly oiled boil, cover with cling wrap and let it rest a few hours. I let my dough rise all day and it was delicious and flavorful. You could let it rise until it’s ready (abt. 2 hours) or make it in the morning and forget about it until dinner time.
- Gently deflate the dough and roll it out.
- Slice veggies (not too thick, nor too thin), brush with olive oil, roast them in the broiler for about 7 – 10 minutes or until slightly charred or stick them on the grill.
- Drizzle your honey over the rolled out dough. Add your veggies and goat cheese. Devour.
- Preheat oven to the highest setting, bake until light brown (5 – 10 minutes, depending on the oven). Sprinkle with chives.
I served this with a mixed leaf-lettuce salad with strawberries, basil sunflower seeds and pecans. In the end it was a perfect celebration. I admit it was the 3rd birthday celebration. I’m a birthday person and love to celebrate– and I’ve always been envious of summer birthdays since mine is in February, when no one wants to brave the elements! He said he wanted a calm birthday, but he didn’t say he only wanted one celebration. In any case, this recipe is really simple, it primarily involves sitting around watching the dough rise. Well, you can do other important things like work, sleep or save the planet, while it’s rising.