The Wednesday Tipple – Rose Pink Champagne and Flatbread “pizzas”

Pink champagne and roses to illustrate recipes

It’s official. Grace is in love. It happened just before midnight when Alex, guy she picked up in the park back in the summer, said it first.

Huge relief. It was easy. The words came flowing out. “I love you too”. And then the ball dropped and they kissed, and it was a bit like When Harry met Sally, only without the shoulder pads.

And to think that she had been worried about saying it for so long. Grace was pretty sure that the L word dropped prematurely was enough to send even reasonably moderate men running for the hills, so she had bitten it back when Alex presented her with a silver bracelet for Christmas – not just any old bracelet either, one she’d admired in a store window way back in October. Amazing.

So the New Year is looking good for Grace, as we toasted her news with pink champagne. And since I’m in full pre-epiphany mode, I added a splash of rose water for extra Arabian Nights appeal.

Rose Pink Champagne

1 glass of pink champagne
1 tsp rose water
Stir and drink

Flat bread “pizzas”

I buy packets of flatbread from an Indian spice shop and keep them in the freezer so that I have the wherewithal to provide snack food to go with drinks with very little notice.

I let them defrost for a few minutes then brush them with oil that I flavor, and bake them in a hot oven (400ish) for 4 mins until they are crispy. Then I slice them into fingers and pile on a platter.

They act like pizzas and consequently lend themselves to a variety of toppings – mozzarella and tomato, garlic oil and red pepper flakes, pesto and roasted vegetables etc.  But here, in keeping with my epiphany mood, I’m heading more into We Three Kings territory.

Zaatar flat bread

Zaatar spices for flatbread pizza recipe1tsp Zaatar
1tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper
Flat bread
(Zaatar is a Lebanese spice mix including thyme, sumac  and sesame. I buy it in an amazing Indian Spice shop on 1st Ave at 4th St.)

  • Mix the zaatar with 1 tsp with 1 tbsp of oil and a pinch of salt and pepper
  • Brush over a flatbread
  • Bake in a hot oven (400ish) for 4 mins until the bread is crispy
  • Slice and serve

Feta, black olive and cherry tomato flat breadCherry tomato illustration for flat breads recipe

1 tbsp feta, crumbled
1 tbsp black olives, chopped
1 tbsp cherry tomatoes, diced
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper

  • Brush the flat bread with oil and top exactly as you would a pizza
  • Bake at 400 for about 4 mins until the bread is crispy
  • Slice and serve

Goat cheese and apricot flat bread

3 tbsp soft goats cheese
2 tsp honey
1 tbsp dried apricots rehydrated for a minute in warm water
Apricot illustration for goat cheese and apricot flat breadsPepper

  • Mix the honey with the goat cheese
  • Spread over the flat bread
  • Dice the apricots and scatter over the cheese
  • Season with pepper
  • Bake in a hot oven (400ish) for 4 mins until the bread is crispy
  • Slice and serve
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