I'm reading the book Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose, and I'm on her chapter about sentences. I even like the word "sentences." Reminds me of The Phantom Tollbooth, and eating words off of a plate, twirling sentences like strands of spaghetti. It was very important in Dictionopolis to pick delicious words. This is an apt lesson for life. I started running through my book collection reading first sentences after finishing Prose's chapter on decadent sentences, and came across this. D.H. Lawrence was a sexy, sexy, man. The Sea in Sardinia was my first Lawrence discovery in high school. I wish I had read more, earlier. Even his prosaic sentences made me feel warm, and I hadn't even discovered the likes of his brand of erotica.
Speaking of Sardinia, Twilight in Italy, and what-not, it's appropriate that one of my first meals from my new box was an eggplant and Parmesan pizza on whole wheat pizza crust. Whole wheat pizza crust is one of the easiest things to make, and as I crave Pappa John's, but won't let myself have it, weekly, I make a lot of pizza.
For the dough:
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 package yeast
2 tbs olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 cup warm water
Flax seed - I always mix some in for extra hippie points.
1) Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl.
2) Add the wet ones.
3) Mix until all combined.
4) Spread on an oiled pizza stone.
5) Top and bake for 20-25 minutes at 375.
Eggplant Parmesan Toppings:
1 sliced eggplant
1 cup bread crumbs (make toast, then pop in a mini-processor to crumble)
Parmesan cheese (the real kind! Ground up in a mini-processor)
Mozzarella (again, the real stuff you have to slice)
Mild pepper, chopped (I also used a jalapeno, because I love heat)
1) Mix the breadcrumbs and eggs in a bowl.
2) Coat the eggplant slices in the mix. Pop on a greased cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 375 for 10ish minutes.
3) Top pizza dough with sauce, toppings, and eggplant.
4) Bake according to dough instructions.