Jan 24

Story of a Day in Two Parts–Part I: Bad Day

in Appetizers, Bread, Honey, Japan

I was already slightly depressed when I woke up yesterday because Hubby was out of town on Business. Then I looked out the window and it was snowing. It hardly ever snows here in Tokyo. However, snow it did, all day long. This is the first time it has snowed while we have been living here this time around. I had been hoping to get out, but it was really Blowing outside, definitely a Bad day to go out with a Baby. To make matters worse, 2 of the heaters in our apartment (each room has its own heating-A/C unit) had stopped working last week, and the repairmen had finally come by the day before and told us that the units could not be fixed and would have to be completely replaced. Broken, broken, broken. Great. Luckily, one of the rooms without heat was our office/guest bedroom. Unluckily, the other room without heat was Squirrel’s room. Sigh. Japanese apartment buildings are poorly insulated, and so it’s not as if I can just turn the heat up in one room and keep doors open to help raise the temperature in other parts of the apartment. No such luck. In fact, within a couple of minutes of turning off the heater in a room, the temperature drops significantly and you have to turn the heater right back on or risk getting frost-bite.In light of the dismal start to my snowy Wednesday, I decided that doing some Baking would serve triple purposes. First, it would help feed me (assuming what I baked ended up being edible) and thus keep me from being hungry and grouchy. Second, it would give me something to do while I was housebound. Third, it would help bring a little more heat into our frigid home.

I decided to try and replicate an appetizer I had just tried at a restaurant called La Bohème–a simple Bleu cheese pizza served with little tubs of honey that you drizzle onto each slice before eating it. I had been craving it ever since trying it. Mine turned out perfectly, and achieved the purposes of its existence by filling my tummy, keeping me Busy, and helping to heat the apartment. I call that a success. I also whipped up my favorite standby, tomato-mozzarella-Basil salad (I have a thing for fresh basil–Mmmm) to go alongside.

If you would like to make your own bleu cheese pizza:LFM’s Copycat La Bohème Bleu Cheese Pizza

You will need 1 small pizza crust (about 8-inches/20.5 centimeters in diameter), 1 teaspoon of olive oil, about 100 grams/3.5 ounces of whatever type of bleu cheese you prefer–crumbled (I used a Danish bleu this time around), and your favorite kind of honey to drizzle on top when the pizza is finished.
-Use whatever pizza crust you prefer—I just used a pre-made one I picked up at my local grocery . . . . Hey, I was going for quick and easy (I would make Sandra Lee proud, okay?)! If you’re going for making the entire pizza from scratch, you could try this recipe which I have used before and really like: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Pizza-Dough-I/Detail.aspx

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

Transfer crust to a lightly greased pizza pan. Brush the crust lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle the crumbled bleu cheese over the pizza and bake in preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Let baked pizza cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Serve with honey.
Although the pizza helped put a bit of a smile on my face, my day still needed more “oomph”.
To be continued . . . .

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Natalie, Cameron and Samuel January 24, 2008 at 7:34 am

Sounds like a rough day, I hope today is tons better! Good luck with the heating, and I hope your hubby won’t be gone long!


Bobbi January 24, 2008 at 8:24 am

Not the way to start a Birthday!


Phoe January 24, 2008 at 5:03 pm

That bleu cheese and honey pizza looks intriguing. I hope your day got loads better!


JRS January 25, 2008 at 1:26 am

That pizza sounds fantastic. Have you ever eaten at Creperie La Bretagne? There’s one in Omotesando and one at Iidabashi. They have a galette there called the “Auverngant” that is Roquefort cheese, mixed greens, walnuts and honey. It’s amazing and sounds a lot like your pizza–you should give it a try sometime!


Melissa Hodgen January 25, 2008 at 7:15 am

Sounds Yummy! What a good solution to a bad situation. Our heat went out a few weeks ago and it was miserable. I COULD NOT have been a pioneer.


David January 25, 2008 at 10:19 am

Bleu cheese and honey pizza?? That’s one I would NEVER have come up with. Those Japanese… what will they think of next?


The Mylroie family January 25, 2008 at 10:33 am

Thank you!!!! I have been craving that pizza since Monday! I’m running to the store first thing tomorrow (as early as they’ll open)and buying the ingredients. I can hardly wait to eat it again – fortunately for me, Cam doesn’t like bleu cheese…more for me!


Monica January 26, 2008 at 4:20 am

Je suis déjà allée chez La Bohème, mais je ne savais pas qu’il y avait bleu cheese pizza avec miel. Bon, je l’essaierai la prochaine fois ;-) Merci pour l’info.


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