Fellini’s House Salad

I didn’t get the recipe from Fellini’s but analyzed the ingredients to come up with my own version. This recipe serves two.

1 cup shredded romaine lettuce

1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce

1 small tomato, sliced

1/4 cup green olives

1/4 cup black olives

thin slices sweet onion (optional)

1/2 cup thin strips or shredded mozarella cheese (reduced fat)

1/4 cup Italian or vinagrette salad dressing

Add ingredients to individual bowls in order: iceberg, onion, romaine, and top each quarter with tomatoes, olives and cheese. Serve the dressing separately.

Enjoy this simple, refreshing salad that is an excellent combination with pizza.

Mushroom-Pineapple-Ham Pizza

My version of Fellini’s pizza, and similar to Hawaiian pizza. You can make the dough yourself, or do like me and buy pre-made pizza dough or crust. This pizza should be enough for two.

1 uncooked pizza or bread dough or ready-made pizza crust (8 inch)

1/4 cup pizza sauce

3/4 cup shredded mozarella cheese (reduced fat)

1/2 cup pineapple chunks (drained)

3/4 cup ham (cubed)

1 clove garlic (grated)

1/2 tbs olive oil (for uncooked crust)

Roll the dough on a pizza pan or cookie sheet (round or rectangular doesn’t change the flavor). Spread the olive oil, garlic, and pizza sauce evenly (in order), sprinkle half of the cheese, then add the ham, pinapple and mushrooms, topping with remaining cheese. Bake in a preheated oven (450 F) for 10-20 minutes until the cheese has melted or is golden brown. Use the shorter cooking time for the pre-made crust. Let cool for a few minutes before cutting slices.

Enjoy your home-made pizza with a refreshing House Salad.

Customized Pizza and Fellini’s House Salad

Every now and then my department goes out for lunch and this time we were going for pizza! Yum!

In spite of all the ingredients that make up a pizza, I still see pizza more as a snack than a “real” meal, but that’s in the eye of the beholder. I don’t eat it very often, and rarely more than two slices, but it’s one of my favorite “snacks”. I decided to “make” my own pizza by selecting the toppings I like, in stead of picking one of the menu. This is nice for the creative people out there: you can dress up your pizza to the mood-of-the-day and you never have to eat the same pizza twice!

Mushrooms, pineapple and ham sounded yummy and I figured it wouldn’t be too bad to have one slice with the house salad (trying to keep a healthy balance). It ended up being a great choice. The house salad tasted as good as it looked, with thick slices or tomatoes, strips of mozarella cheese and lots of olives. Quite different from the traditional house salad. The pizza, similar to Hawaiian pizza, was excellent too and I devoured the entire slice, crust and all! I even took pictures with my camera phone (no, no new camera yet after my mishap), which will have to do until I get a new camera. Now … if I can only figure out how to move the pictures from the phone to a computer, my world would be a little bit more complete. After reviewing the phone menus over and over again, I have yet to figure it out. Someone please explain to me: What’s the point of having a camera phone if I can’t even email the pictures to myself? Text message yes, but forget emailing! Well that will teach me to get “just” any phone without researching the features! This is sheer punishment for not being careful enough with my camera and means that I can’t get too excited about my food until I have a camera to shoot pictures again…. Oh well, I can’t take pictures but I can still cook!

I used to make my own pizza in Suriname and this one didn’t look too complicated so I wrote the recipes for my version of Mushroom-Pineapple-Ham pizza and Fellini’s house salad. Of course, the easiest thing to do would be to visit Fellini’s and have them cook it for you! 🙂

Either way, buon appetito!

¡Viva Mallorca!

My boyfriend and I recently went to Mallorca for a short vacation. It was a wonderful trip! This Spanish island has it all: beautiful mountains, a nice blue see, good weather, friendly people and also an excellent kitchen! Because we like to experiment we tried all kinds of food like octopus, swordfish, dorado, shrimps, paella, lamb and different tapas.

Tapas in MallorcaThe best dinner we had was at the family restaurant Santa Maria in Cala d’Or, the city where we stayed. We started with olives, bread and alioli. For the main course I had different tapas: fried sardines with salad, sobrassada with cheese and melon with serrano ham. It doesn’t seem to be a lot but each tapa had the size of a small meal. My boyfriend had lambshoulder with fried potatoes and vegetables. As a dessert I had flan caramel. It all tasted great and we were completedly stuffed but very happy when we left the restaurant. 

Recipes of these dishes can be found on the internet and be made at home, but to experience the Spanish way of living and enjoying life, I would say: Go to Mallorca!