Friday, April 20, 2012

Egg Pizza and 10 Earth Day Ideas


note: there was a glitch with the email subscriber feed. I apologize if you are receiving this after Earth Day. Although trying to live a little greener is a good thing to think about any day.
 Spring has definitely sprung in Santa Barbara. The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and the chickens are laying more than ever. My 4-year old egg collector checks the coop nesting boxes several times a day and leaves the eggs wherever she sees fit. Everyday is like an Easter egg hunt around here.

With eggs lying all over the house and my love for pizza, I decided to make an egg grilled pizza with asparagus and just a little prosciutto (which easily could be omitted for a vegetarian pizza). Yummy Hubby was skeptical about egg pizza, but I assured him that eggs on top of pizza and pasta are very popular in Italy. The kids loved this simple rustic dinner.


 
Did you know Earth Day is this Sunday, April 22? Most of us could be a little greener - I surely could. Earth Day is a great opportunity to talk to kids about the environment and keeping the Earth healthy. 

Some ideas to start living greener this Earth Day: 

1. Plant a garden. See ours here. You don't need much space. I love having fresh herbs on hand at all times in the backyard. Sadly our asparagus never grew beyond tiny thin twigs. I'm still learning about gardening - it does not come naturally to me.

 
2. Backyard chickens. You knew I had to throw that one in here, right?! Spring is the time to get your baby chicks. Raising backyard chickens is rewarding, sustainable, and better for the Earth and the chickens. 

3. Start composting. I still haven't gotten on the composting bandwagon, but I think now I will. With compost bins as cute as this one from Stonewall Kitchen there can't be anything to fear.

 4. Bike to school or work. Yummy Hubby often bikes to work. It's great exercise too!

5. Get outside and enjoy Mother Nature. Even if it means creepy crawly caterpillars.

6. Visit a farmer's market and buy organic and local instead of hitting the large grocery stores.

7. Teach kids about recycling. 

8. Skip the meat. Meat takes more energy to produce than plants. Think of it this way:  We can grow plants and then feed them to animals who then have to be processed, or we could just eat the plants ourselves. We could eat our chickens once, or eat their eggs everyday for years.

9. Celebrate the Earth with cute compost pudding from Craft Gossip.

10. Visit an aquarium or natural history museum to learn more about our Earth. 

Do you have and Earth Day ideas to share? 

What do you think about eggs on pizza? Weird or a lovely form of brinner (breakfast for dinner) that's fun for kids and grown-ups? I say the latter.

 Grilled Pizza with Eggs and Asparagus 
Serves 4 

1 (16 oz.) prepared pizza dough, room temperature
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 
1 clove garlic, crushed or minced 
1 small bunch asparagus, tough ends trimmed 
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup fresh mozzarella, sliced 
4 eggs
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves 
4 slices prosciutto (optional) 

In a small bowl, stir garlic into oil. Heat grill over medium-high heat. Stretch or roll dough into one large or two small rectangles or circles (I made 2 smaller rectangles and found it easier to flip that way). Brush asparagus with garlic oil and lightly season with salt and pepper. Place dough and asparagus directly on grill and cook until grill marks show up and dough no longer sticks to grates, about 3 minutes. Remove asparagus as soon as it is tender-crisp, about 2 minutes. Flip dough over. Lightly brush grilled side with garlic oil. Sprinkle with Parmesan and mozzarella. Place asparagus on top of cheeses and crack eggs on top. Reduce heat to medium and cover top of grill. Cook until eggs have reached desired doneness, about 6 minutes. If bottom of pizza gets too dark and eggs are not cooked enough, transfer pizza to a broiler for a minute or so. Sprinkle with a pinch of good sea salt and freshly cracked pepper. Garnish with basil and add prosciutto if using.
 


27 comments:

  1. Spring Deliciousness!!! Your images are beautiful, Marina.

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  2. What a gorgeous looking breakfast pizza. This would be perfect for my next brunch get-together.

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  3. Ugh....you never cease to amaze. we had egg pizza at one of batali's restaurants in NYC when we lived there and it was heaven

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  4. Looks amazing!
    In Croatia, almost every pizza comes with an egg right in the centre of it. Love it.

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  5. Your grilled pizza looks so very delicious. Your blog is a new discover for me and I cannot wait to poke around some more!

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  6. oh if only my hubs liked his eggs like that I would be making this in a second. Wait- who am I kidding- i cook for me! LOL! Making this!

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  7. Marina, I love everything about this post. Great tips for Earth Day and beyond. Love that everyday is Easter over at your house, those are some healthy chickens! I think the idea of eggs on pizza is fabulous (you can tell your hubs ;)

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  8. love the image of the chickens...the egg pizza looks great , different from the usual

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  9. This looks amazing! I love the eggs right on top. I make a version of breakfast pizza too!
    http://www.skinnymommy.com/2011/11/breakfast-flatbread.html

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  10. Hi Marina,
    What happened to your email notification? I actually received it for this post but when I clicked on your link it said the page I was looking for wasn't there...good ol' Google found it for me.
    This breakfast pizza looks delicious. I'll have to try it sometime.
    Karen

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  11. All such great ideas! I try my best to leave a very small carbon footprint each and every day.

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  12. A great ode to earth day. I've been seeing eggs on pizza as of late, and it really intrigues me! I love both so I imagine I'd be a fan of them together. :)

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  13. I had to read this late at night when the hunger pangs start to grow!!! The pizza looks delicious!! Awesome suggestions for keeping it green. Even if it was a day or two late, we should strive to do our part every day anyway!! You take amazing photos. Just wanted to tell you that. The lighting on your food pictures is perfect. Makes it look all the more appetizing!

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  14. Reading your post makes me so proud of myself, turns out I am so green. I eat meat once a week, I do not drive, but use my bike every day, I compost , I recycle... And I am going to make pizza dough right now, so I can enjoy the fab egg pizza for my late lunch. oh, and I have fresh eggs delivered to my door , organic from the local farm!

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  15. I am so jealous of your cute chickens!!!
    We used to have chickens when we were living in Spain. Definitely something I can't wait to have again one day.

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  16. Great tips for Earth Day and the tip to get outside more often really hits home - I should because the weather here in Virginia is quite mild year round, so there's really no excuse... This pizza looks delicious - love the use of eggs this way...

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  17. What a great lunch/brunch pizza. I cannot wait to make this Sunday. Delicious.

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  18. Fresh taste! It was a great flavor combination for this recipe.

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  19. Wonderful post! Love all the goodies you posted and the photos are beautiful!

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  20. What a gorgeous pizza, this looks amazing!! :)

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  21. I think eggs on pizza sounds perfectly yummy! I've also yet to jump on the composting bandwagon but I'm so, so close. I'm definitely on my way to a yummy vegetable garden for summer though.

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  22. What gorgeous pictures! I cannot wait til our chicks start laying eggs

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  23. Love love love that pizza!

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  24. I am not so sure the pizza directions are quite the best. How did you keep you freshly cracked eggs from pouring off the sides of the flatbread (resulting in burnt egg on grill smell)? Medium was way too hot to cook those eggs without burning the bottom & transferring a barely cooked egg on top of pizza into the kitchen into the broiler requires another cookie sheet. Tasted great but its not a recipe for the novice chef.

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    1. My eggs didn't get close to the edge. I guess if you made the pizza very narrow and used extra large eggs that could happen though. Normally meat juices, fish skin, etc. get all over grill grates so personally I didn't worry about egg getting on them.

      I recommend you make this in the oven in the future. Thanks!

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    2. And yes, you would need a cookie sheet, pizza peel, or other flat surface to transfer into the oven. I would assume you used something like that to bring the pizza to the bbq anyway? Why would you need a second one?

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