Rosemary Focaccia… Casanova Dreamin’

In last week’s delivery from Kula Fields, I got a papaya, bananas, lettuce, tomatoes, zucchini and some rosemary.  My all time favorite food involving rosemary is the focaccia bread that is served at Casanova while you are waiting for your entree to arrive.  It’s hot, toasty on the outside and chewy on the inside, and served with a dipping bowl of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  The pizza there is heavenly, but i would almost go up there just to eat the focaccia.  Recently, i’ve been working on making it at home, with the help of my bread maker.   It saves me a drive up to Makawao!

 

Rosemary Focaccia Recipe- Bread Machine

for the dough

  • scant 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cups while flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon yeast

mix-ins

  • 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onion

topping

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons coarse sea salt

Directions

  1. make the dough according to your bread machine’s instructions, on dough setting
  2. remove dough when cycle complete, place on floured surface, gently mix in the mix-ins
  3. set in lightly oiled 10-11 inch round cake or pizza pan (mine is 8 or 9 inches, and it comes out fine in 20 min)
  4. shape into a ball, then flatten to size of pan. put in pan and cover with oiled plastic wrap and let rise again for 20 min.
  5. make deep dimples in the dough with your fingers,  cover again and rise for 10-15 min
  6. preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  7. drizzle olive oil and add toppings.
  8. bake for 20-25 min

Rosemary Focaccia with Veggie Latkas

 

The focaccia is pictured with the Veggie Latka, but I’m not sharing the recipe here.  Why not?  Because it was a pain in the butt to make, and it really wasn’t that tasty.  I’m not sure why I thought that mixing shredded potatoes, zucchini and carrots with bread crumbs and frying would make them tasty, but they really weren’t.  I’m sure you could doctor them up with some spices, but if I’m going to do that, I might as well make the zucchini crab cakes (they don’t have crab, but if you use Old Bay it tastes like it does!).  The recipe is from Parenting magazine, and I tried to find it online so I could at least put the link, but of course I can’t find it . (why would they put a recipe online if they put it in the magazine?) Regardless, just use the standard latka recipe and replace 1/4 of the potato with 1 shredded zucchini and 1 shredded carrot.  The real point is, though, that I’m surprised a parenting magazine would have a recipe that is so difficult and time lengthy to prepare (at least with a teething baby screaming and pulling at your leg the whole time).

Fake it

Its just me tonight.  Hubby is off at a ‘board meeting’ and little girl is out with a funny tummy.  I’m cooking for myself.  I popped a frozen Kirkland pizza in the oven, and while it’s quite good for a frozen pizza, it wasn’t quite going to do it for me.  Simultaneously, I was trying to go over my remaining produce from the Kula Fields delivery and see what I could make.  Pineapple, bananas, tomatoes- gone.  Some basil, arugula, and lettuce remain, plus an onion, but those things usually last for a while, plus I use onions all the time so I wasn’t particularly worried about that fragrant little guy.  But the arugula sparked something in my head, and it quickly joined with some leftover goat cheese on the top of the pizza.

I cooked the pizza for almost the recommended time, then took it out and arranged some arugula and goat cheese on top, then popped it back in the oven for a couple minutes, for it to just melt on the top a bit.  It was really heaven in my mouth, and honestly, you could serve this at a dinner party and no one would ever be the wiser.

Costco Pizza (shh... ) with arugula and goat cheese

How ‘Getting Fresh on Maui’ started…

I’m returning to the blogosphere, after a lengthy hiatus following my volunteer post as the Maui blogger for a now defunct Honolulu-based news paper.   Please bear with me as I get up to speed again.   I have wanted to start a food blog for a while, but needed some sort of theme.  I honestly considered spending an entire year shopping exclusively at Costco, unless something was crucial and unavailable at the big C.  I thought the corporate sponsorship opportunities would be great, but wasn’t sure how practical it would be.  However, once I signed up with Kula Fields, a fruit and vegetable delivery service, a new idea popped into my head.  What will I do with each week’s produce selection?  Will it turn soggy and wither away in my fridge? Or will it become a delicious, healthy, and inspired meal with which I will feed my family?  Stay tuned to find out- as tonight is the first delivery of yummy local goods.