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The Ending of the Week

This has felt like a week where there has not been a chance to catch your breath. The news is inundated with sadness, from all over the world. I’m very much looking forward to this weekend, as chance to catch our breaths and to hide away in the cottage; baking, cooking, listening to music with candles lit and restoring our beings from the week that has been and the week that is to come.

Inspired by a recent blog post from the lovely Alexandra Stafford, I made her pickled vegetable recipe yesterday morning, to sprinkle over homemade pizza tonight. I don’t know why I haven’t thought about this combination before, as one of our favourite pizza joints in Copenhagen, Neighbourhood, has a pizza that is topped with pickled veggies and we simply adore it. I normally try and recreate things at home, but this one has slipped my mind to attempt. So, I am very excited about dinner tonight, followed by our movie date to see Blade Runner 2049.

On a side note, I have long been a reader and fan of Alex’s and have been making her mother’s peasant bread ever since she originally posted the recipe. It is a staple around these parts. It is super easy to make and incredibly delectable to eat. I make it not only for us, but also for my family when we visit them and quite often to give away to friends. I would highly recommend making a loaf for yourself or someone you love. It is great toasted, slathered with salted butter. It makes a divine grilled cheese, a perfect pair of book ends for a roast beef sandwich and we normally save the ends to make croutons with as toppings for soups or salads.

I hope that wherever you are, you find peace in this weekend and are able to find the beauty in the everyday, because it’s still there, even in this messy, messy world.

Copenhagen: Food

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When in Copenhagen, we normally try to strike a balance between cooking in our apartment overlooking the river and dining out. This trip we tried a few new places and have added on more for our next visit.

First stop was to Conditori La Glace for a pitcher of hot chocolate with a heaping bowl of whipped cream alongside. I got a slice of the Karen Blixen Cake, a delicious blend of coffee and chocolate.

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We tried a new burger joint. Burgers are the “in” thing in Copenhagen right now. Vesterbro’s Original Burger Restaurant was our pick. We visited the Istedgade location. However, I’m ashamed to say that we were so hungry and I dove right into my Greek burger and devoured it before even thinking I should snap a picture of it’s gorgeous loveliness. A word to the wise, if you visit this place, the portions are very generous and one order of french fries is easily shared between two if not three people.

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Our favourite foodie discovery this trip was Neighbourhood Pizza. Where do I begin? It’s a cozy setting. you sit alongside strangers, but it still felt intimate. I had the Pumpkin Sour Cocktail, as their tagline stated: pumpkin is the new black! It was truly refreshing, not cloyingly sweet or bitter at all, it walked the perfect line. Next up, the PIZZA! Their pizza base is ultra thin and crispy. It was almost cracker like at the edges. They serve a salad on top of the pizza and a section of infused oils sit on the table to dress your salad and pizza as you so desire. I had the Fig Ham (Cured parma ham, fresh figs, red onions, goat cheese, capers, olive compote & fresh parsley) and Mr. Michie ate the Tomato Chicken (Spiced fried chicken, picked baby tomatoes, red onions, buffalo mozzarella, tomato pesto & fresh coriander). Each bite was a new taste sensation. It was culinary happiness. We split a piece of chocolate cake for dessert. Pure JOY!

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Of course no trip to Copenhagen would be complete if we didn’t have coffee and chocolate cinnamon buns from Emmery’s for breakfast. Happiness is…

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Pizza Pilgrims

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We headed into the city this weekend to run a few errands and decided to grab an early dinner at Pizza Pilgrims. I have been following their story for awhile now and had been dying to taste their pizza. Their restaurant is situated in Kingly Court, where CandyCakes used to be.

I had the “Filetti” (a white pizza), Mr. Michie had the “Salsiccia e Friarielli” (a white pizza with fresh fennel sausage, chilli and wild broccoli). We split a scoop of vanilla gelato for dessert. 

I have to say, and Mr. Michie would agree, that this is hands down the best pizza we have ever had in England. It tasted like I was back in Italy – it was that delicioso!

If you’re in London and looking for a great pizza, fun atmosphere, friendly staff, good beer and ice cream to die for then I would suggest you check this place out!

Summer Squash Pizza

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I love vegetables! One thing I truly miss living in London is the roadside vegetable stands and pop-up Farmer’s Markets that exist in the South. The places you stop by on a hot Summer day, the vegetables still warm from being picked out of the fields. A Southern staple is yellow squash. I have not been able to get it in England until recently. Last year we noticed that Whole Foods was selling it and like crazy people we stocked up.

This year, I have done the same. Stocking up, slicing it and throwing it in to the freezer, so we have it as a side dish or to throw in to soups, pastas, risottos or in a vegetable medley. I picked some up on my way home from work on Friday and an idea started buzzing in my head. I knew just what I was going to do with it. Mr. Michie was on a school field trip on Saturday and I decided that I would make pizza for dinner. I have played around and around with this one particular dough recipe we like, making adjustments and tweaks and I have finally perfected it to satisfy our tastebuds.

I made the dough early in the day, so it had plenty of time to rise and just be. Before, Mr. Michie got home, I sauteed thin slices of yellow squash and cubes of pancetta. I also slowly cooked down an onion, till it was golden yellow and tender. Once he arrived home we got to work. I shaped the dough and brushed it with garlic oil and a little salt. We sprinkled freshly grated mozzarella over the top and then layered on onions, squash and pancetta. We finished it off with little dollops of ricotta, here and there. Once it was out of the oven it had a sprinkle of freshly chopped basil and some oregano.

It was wonderful. It was the taste of Summer in your mouth, the salty, the sweet, the savoury. It is most definitely a combination that we would make again.

{We have tried many different dough recipes over the years and this has become our favorite. I have made my own tweaks to the dough, but this is the recipe I used before I took the leap to start changing things: Annie’s Eats Homemade Pizza Dough}