Oct 29, 2009

Kayotic Pizza Party

It’s almost weekend, guys! For us that means pizza time! Or in this case: pizza snack time. These are fast, fun and unlike pizza, you can prepare them ahead of time and eat them warm as well as cold. One side note: you might as well stick ’em on your thighs straight away, because that’s where they’re gonna end up. But oh boy, do they taste good!


5 puff pastry sheets
pesto rosso
roughly 10 black olives
1/2 a red onion
4 artichoke hearts
1 mozarrella ball
1 tomato
dried basil


I’m such a sad excuse for a food blogger; I don’t even own a dough cutter. I simply use a glass. What I do own are these mini pizza trays. Large and small. They’re so handy for these type of snacks. Also for my pepper & corn pies. You can use a regular muffin pan as well for this.

I use the glass to cut out pastry circles.

Knead the leftovers, sprinkle a little flour on top and roll it out. Cut out more circles and repeat the process until the dough is gone.

Grease your muffin or mini pizza pan—mine is non-stick—and place the pastry circles in there. Pinch the dough with a fork. Just a few times.

Slice the olives and try to make an artistic shot. I failed miserably.

Thinly slice the red onion.

 Artichoke hearts add juiciness and even more flavor to an already perfect snack. Drain them and give them a rough chop. Don’t add too much or the dough will get soggy. It ain’t pretty.

 Slice, cube, or do whatever you want to do with a big juicy tomato. I opted for pomodori. Same as with the artichoke hearts; not too much.

No pizza without mozzarella. Release your inner beast and shred it to pieces.

I make my own pesto rosso, that way I know exactly what’s in it. You can use commercial pesto rosso (or pesto verde) as well. The oil in the pesto seeps into the dough giving it a wicked flavor and color. It’s mind-blowing.

Spoon a little pesto rosso on top of each pastry circle.

Add a little bit of onion.

And in with the olive slices. Olives are love. Pure love.

Put the artichoke hearts in there as well.

Next, I add the mozzarella and top that with a little tomato. Sprinkle dried basil and some Parmesan on top. I went for the canned stuff, sue me.

Pop them in a preheated oven and bake them at 400F (200C) for 20 to 25 minutes. Until crispy, puffy, golden brown and totally delicious.


Disclaimer: if you’re by any chance dieting while reading this, I’m sorry. I’m really sorry. Don’t hate me… I’ll eat yours as well. After all, that’s what friends are for!

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Oct 28, 2009

Kay’s Favorites

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kay @ 9:23 am

  I’m always asked what my favorite blog recipe is. And honestly, I don’t have one favorite recipe. There are so many of them it’s impossible to pick just one. A lot of the recipes in my blog are staple recipes in our home. Some are cooked more often than others, but generally most of these recipes are in our regular rotation.  There are a few that stand out, though….

Oct 26, 2009

Tortellini with Walnut & Mascarpone Sauce

  Looks good, doesn’t it? The name just doesn’t do it justice, though. Maybe I should have named it something fancy and exotic, but alas, I didn’t. What can I say? I’m plain Jane boring! I’m beige. Neutral. I also never paint my nails, don’t have a credit card and haven’t worn anything but chap stick since the day my son was born, so coming up with boring and generic recipe names is…

Oct 23, 2009

Stuffed Chicken Fillets

  One of the things I found most difficult in my years as a low carber was having to come up with dishes that were great for low as well as high carbers. Food that’s not only flavorful and looks good (yup, that really matters to me) but is low carb and (relatively) low fat is not always the easiest thing to prepare. Here’s one of the recipes I used to make a lot: chicken fillet…

Oct 21, 2009

Crunchy Sweet Potatoes

  Have a quick and fun recipe for you. Not too healthy, though. Think of these babies as a fun variation of French fries, or something along those lines. A friend of mine mailed me this recipe thinking it might be worthy of a blog posting. Worthy? Heck, yeah! She knows I’m very picky about the recipes I post. I don’t want to slap up ridiculous recipes just for the sake of blogging….

Oct 20, 2009

Through My Eyes. Through My Lens.

Filed under: Expressions,netherlands,suburbia — Tags: , , , — Kay @ 8:35 am

  Last time I took you with us on our after dinner walk through the park, right next to my house. This time we went on an afternoon stroll in yet another side of the park. Taking these shots for you opens my eyes to those things I’ve been taking for granted. Man, it’s gorgeous around here, especially during autumn.   

Oct 19, 2009

Brussels Sprouts. The Mash.

  Here’s a slightly different and more rustic way of eating Brussels sprouts. The Dutch way, so to speak. Definitely my way. Pretty straightforward cooking, no frills, nothing fancy, just food as it was meant to be. We like to mash our vegetables in with our potatoes and call it stamppot. Gives you a lot of options to boost the flavor. Now I’m blessed with a son whose favorite vegetable happens…