Spanish weird pizza and matching appetizer

😀 I have no idea if this recipe actually exists somewhere outside of my dreams. I just know that I had pizza in Spain where they put eggplant slices on it and drizzled it with honey – and it was the best darn pizza I have ever eaten in MY LIFE. And apparently only that restaurant is risque enough to make such an awesome pizza :S And me. Because I made it for dinner a few days ago 😀

It doesn’t really taste like pizza…. this is a recipe that either you love it, or you hate it. It’s kinda hard to be neutral. It has such a distinct taste :O

You also have to like stinky/smelly/mouldy (and it’s supposed to be like that!?!?!) cheese. At least for the appetizers xD For the pizza just a good ratio is important so one flavor doesn’t overthrow the others.

Even if you don’t like eggplant or some other ingredient, don’t let that scare you away from trying this delicacy. There are people that hate an ingredient by itself but when it’s combined with something else it turns into heaven in their mouths.

Without further due, voilà the recipe 😀

Spanish eggplant and honey pizza


– 1 tsp active dry yeast

– 1 tsp sugar

– 2/3 cups warm water

– 1 1/2 cups flour

– 1 tbsp olive oil


– 1 eggplant

– 1 small onion

– 1 garlic clove

– liquidy honey

– mini tomatoes

– gorgonzola cheese

– shredded pecorino/parmesan cheese

Mix the yeast, sugar, and warm water in a pot. Stir vigorously until the yeast is dissolved, or almost dissolved in the water. Put it on an element and heat it to the minimum; make sure it’s not so hot that you can’t keep your finger at the bottom of the pan without getting burned. When the yeast is dissolved, set aside and cover until little bubbles start forming in the mixture. Put the flour in a medium bowl and make a well in it. Pour the yeast and olive oil into it and mix with a spoon until it’s mostly incorporated. Knead with hands until it’s smooth and elastic. Leave in the bowl and cover with a cloth dampened with a bit of warm water until it nearly doubles in size. When the dough is ready, roll it out and place on pans (it makes two pizzas) and start preheating the oven to 450 degrees F. Cut up eggplant into round slices, plum tomatoes into halves, onion into small pieces and mince the garlic. You can try shredding the gorgonzola cheese but if it’s too sticky and bendy you can just cut it up with a knife or crumble it up with your fingers.

Once the dough has risen a bit on the pan, drizzle it with honey and gently spread with a knife. On top place the small bits of gorgonzola and stick in the oven until it’s melted. It should form a thin-ish layer all over the dough. If there’s not enough, add more (if you really like this cheese you can make a thick layer too.) Place the eggplant slices on the dough. On top, sprinkle a bit of the shredded italian cheese and scatter the tomatoes, onion and garlic overtop. Sprinkle on the rest of the shredded cheese. Put in the oven to bake for about half an hour or until the dough is golden brown and the onion is cooked to your liking (I baked it for half an hour and the onion was see-through, and brown at a few tips.)

The appetizer can be prepared while the pizza is baking and then put in the oven to quickly bake the mushrooms and melt the cheese after the pizza is taken out.


Mushroom gorgonzola caps

– a paper bag of medium mushrooms

– honey

– gorgonzola cheese (enough to fill the caps)

– 1 country bread baguette or ciabatta loaf

– 1 or 2 garlic cloves, chopped in half

Clean the mushrooms and carefully remove the stalks, so you have a little cup made of the top. Rub honey on the inside of the cap and place a chunk of gorgonzola cheese inside. Do this for all the caps and place on a pan or bakeable plate with the stalks. Bake until the mushrooms are baked or softened and the cheese has melted. While they are baking, cut the baguette/ciabatta loaf into slices and toast with a bit of oil in a pan. Once done, rub the cut side of a garlic clove onto the toasted side. Arrange on a plate with the mushroom in the centre and the bread slices around, or on two separate plates.

-> meant to be eaten as a mushroom placed on a slice of the baguette or bread

It makes a nice, artisan-looking, stinky (cause of the cheese –  it doesn’t actually smell bad :P) homemade meal 😀


Who said cats are photogenic? xD

This is what became of my last photo-shoot attempt.

Hey there!

Come here and look at the camera :3

No no, up here!

Yes, go ahead and move just as I’m about to take a pic.

*blank stare*

“Hey Lucy, look at me!”

(I’m up here).

Fine then.

I’m bored. Goodbye.

Talk to the tail.

*Sigh*. xD Some of them aren’t that bad I admit. But  you can never take a good picture on purpose with a cat hahahah xD At the very least not with this one.

When your neighbour’s house gets cut in half….

Stop and take pictures. Because that’s the rational thing to do. xD

This must be the funniest set of photos that I own.

Haha. My neighbour was moving, and apparently they cut his house in half in order to cart it away with him (though I’m not sure if I got the whole story –  I was on the porch laughing in bewilderment xD. Anyways, this is what it looked like for a while;

Demolition in progress!

Here goes the garage (or half of it at least!)

That’s something you don’t see every day xD

Here goes the roof…


Now that looked WEIRD.

And awaayyy they gooo!

*Poof!* And they’re gone.


Lol, just like taking the lid of a tea pot. That must have looked rather odd driving on the street xD

The fluffiest dog you’ll have ever seen


I was on a walk and I saw theee most biggest cutest fluffiest dog! xD

Are you alright in all that fur there? :O

A philosophy on philosophy

Where have all the philosophers gone? :O One day I asked my counsellor about the “career” of philosophy… apparently, it is taught in high school courses, and even university courses, and there are available degrees for it, but it appears to be a path that leads into the abyss. What profession comes of it? A philosophy teacher? Who then teaches philosophy to other people who go on to become philosophy teachers? It’s like an endless loop that spins around and around, floating around in the universe without any further connections attached.

My counsellor laughed when I brought this up. “You’d have to be a couple centuries back to be a philosopher,” she mused. How true – indeed, most of the great people we quote to this day and call by the name “philosopher” lived around the 5th century BC. Socrates, Aristotle, Plato… what did they even do all day? Sit around sipping lemonade, scratching their chin and asking questions about everything they could conceive one for? “What is a flower?” “What makes this oatmeal, oatmeal?” “Why are my pants called pants?” “What makes the world go around?” “What are dreams?” “Are eyebrows considered facial hair?”

When I get asked who I would like to meet if I could choose anyone in the course of history and time, my favourite answer is Aristotle. Firstly because he lived in the very core of Greece, which must have been purely ravishing back then if it’s still such a lovely city today, after decades of commercializing and business growth. But the main reason is because I would love to see what kind of a person would have been someone who is considered a professional thinker. I imagine him as a short fellow with curly hair from twisting it around his finger, deep-set eyes with mysterious twinkles in them, stubble on his face, a crooked moustache, a crooked smile, and to top it off, a crooked “thinker’s” pose.


Maybe similar to this but without the gorilla-like nature.

Why are philosophers always portrayed leaning over, with their hand resting under their jaw? There’s a piece of philosophy for you to brood over, Aristotle. Or sometimes they have their arms crossed and their fingers gently stroking their beards. It always makes me think of a therapist that’s scrunching up his forehead in worry and asking “How does that make you feel???”

No thanks to the personal-quirks dissection. I have way too many anyways.

But what makes philosophy?? Ahh, the very acme of all philosophical questions. I have given this question quite some elaborate thought, and because that’s what philosophers are supposed to do, I am presenting my ideas in the hereso following paragraphs.

Philosophy is a universal art. All of us actually philosophize all the time. Maybe that is why career makers decided to set it aside. It’s just too popular. We cannot for a conscious moment stop ourselves from thinking and asking (sometimes useless) questions, and that is the birthplace of this mysterious and unrecognized activity. All we need to be a philosopher is an agile mind, an insatiable desire to wonder at the world, a deep-in-thought expression, and a toga (although the last one is optional).

There are school courses and degrees made for philosophy perhaps because we humans, dangerously curious creatures, just cannot seem to get rid of it. In heart, there’s really not reason to either. Philosophy helps us in all of life – whether if it’s to ask meaningless questions about the constitutionof our breakfasts, or to unravel the mysteries of the universe and all that it contains.

It almost angers me that it seems to be seriously underestimated by a great multitude of people. “What do you do?” “Nothing.” “Oh, so you’re a philosopher”. Such brush-offs are even sometimes said with disengagement, an implied dismissive wave of the arm, or culminating on near disdain. I actually take thinking seriously, and I certainly don’t think it is the equivalent of doing nothing. It takes focused attention, a skilled brain, asking the right questions, an adeptness to rearranging your thoughts or facts, mental power, and it is definitely above just sitting around immersed in apathy.

I would even go so far to say that to philosophize is an important life skill. Where would we be, if we could not make connections between things, leading to theories and hypotheses, ponder upon them, and then ask even more questions than we have answered? We would not learn a thing. Even if you are practicing something, it won’t have any value if you are not fully engrossed into it and fascinated by what you are doing. You can plunk away at a piano’s keyboard for years, but if you have no interest in knowing what makes the notes sound harmonious, and no drive to work on expressing the song in the most majestic, sweet, melodious way as possible, all you would gain is perhaps dexterity at typing and a bland ability to hammer surfaces with your fingers in creative ways. That also makes the real difference between a pianist, and a good pianist. Practice: yes, but with ignorance or attention? It is more than just reading notes off a page; what about the ability to bend the sound and create more?

So what about the ability to bend thoughts and think more? It is one of the best ways to gain knowledge and cognitive intelligence, yet it appears blatantly relinquished by most of the human race. Yet, thinking is perhaps the most important thing we can gain experience in. You can use it anywhere!

To tie up how philosophy integrates into all this babbling on thinking: using it is the core of putting attention to thought and using it to the most of its power. You are eating oatmeal, but what is oatmeal? Your sister is very kind, but what makes a person kind? An implication of what I am saying is just dawning on me; philosophy makes people better at things. I hadn’t had this in mind when I started writing this article, but philosophy itself has led me here. It makes sense – being the most fully present in the moment, in what you are doing, and engrossed with curiosity in your activities… those things form the bedrock of productive learning. How many times have coaches told athletes to focus on their movements and to be fully alert and active? How many teachers have stressed the importance of good rest before a test so that you can focus more clearly?

Philosophy, in my mind, does not receive enough credit. I know quiet thinkers that can be more productive on the couch than what “must-do-something” maniacs can accomplish in an office or library. We live our entire lives inside the confinements of our minds… but when do we take the time to actually spend some time there?? Perhaps if philosophy were an accepted daily part of our lives, we would be more comfortable in our own skin and correlatively, running about out in the world as well.

And perhaps, if it is true that our consciousness brings material to existence and our own existence into reality, then there’s not so much to scoff at in the statement that philosophy brings the world to life.

Clay things

A bunch of old (a couple-years-ago-old) crafts made from modelling clay :3 I used Sculpey, which if you’re not familiar with it, is a bakeable clay that hardens in the oven.

This is mostly just a bunch of random stuff; pieces for a find-four game, two sets of pieces for checkers games, some magnets, and some parts of the Pumpkin board game that will be shown below.

This is just a random idea. I glued on the marble after baking cause I was afraid it would melt in the oven xD.

The following are a couple parts of a father’s-day-gift project for my dad; I bought one of those mini wooden houses from dollarama that have 12 miny (a couple centimeters wide, long, and high) room, then made a bunch of mini furniture and people, baked them, and glued them in so it’s like a mini dollhouse. My dad loves my miniature clay things, so I thought this would be a good gift for him :).

(This one’s a painter with a canvas and paintcans).

This is the only pic of this post that wasn’t made of Sculpey- I used model magic for the pumpkin patch. (It’s an airdry type of clay). I prefer Sculpey, but this is one of my favorite clay things. A couple of the vines broke off :S

Next are parts of a board game I once made – inspired from a friends’ awesome board game. She made a similar one for more general gardening and I wanted to try making a variation and using clay to make most of the parts.

We were really craftsy a couple years back xD

All my other stuff! :3

I thought this would be a cool idea for table place mats. Maybe with a blue tablecloth, to resemble a pond? The flower is from a pattern, the lillypads are improvised.

Fuzzy prickles! 🙂 One of these still sits in its rightful place on my shelf. I believe I may have used a rough pattern as a guide but improvised a little.

The first cactus I made! I don’t even remember how xD But I was so proud.

The monsters from under your bed >:S Did you remember to check? 😉 I used a picture to think of this idea but I made up the pattern as I went. My favorite piece of improv so far!

“Let us leave!” “… lettuce leaf? *crunch crunch*.” LOL! Everytime I see lettuce I think of that quote from Avatar The Last Airbender. Actually, this was a part of the Christmas tree I made for the craft sale. But it will always be a piece of lettuce to me.

A bunny and a kitty :3 both were sold to a local craft shop.

I have discovered… the secret of making donuts :O

A bunch of my stuff all piled together xD

This one was completely improvisation. Turned out pretty well 🙂

For this one I actually followed a pattern xD One of my favorite. And I still have it I think!

The shape of this reminds me of a gumdrop xD Followed a pattern for this one too.

Would these be called hedgehogs or porcupines..?

Took so long to get them to stand like this xD

My happy penguin family! :3 I had like seven of these at one point, lol… now they’re all gone!

These are the perfect, no-water-needed, indoor decoration plants 🙂

Mini cupcake and coffeemug, both from patterns.

Easter time! 😀 (well it was then)

Trio con brio!

I am so proud! 🙂


I made three pillows.


Actually, since these were completed, I made several more (I may take pictures sometime soon and post those too) but these were my first three.


I barely even used a pattern!


My lovely fuzzy trio!


Plus a zebra, cause I made this at the same time. xD


Yeah I know, it’s shape is a little odd. I wanted something original and unique.

I used multicolor yarn, hoping it would turn out to look like strips. And it kinda did!

Again, I used no pattern here. I barely do xD.


Here are some photos of some old stuff I made for a Christmas craft sale once…

Not all of it sold. I still have the Christmas tree xD It took soooooo. freeeeaakkiiing. looooonnng. to make. Not even joking. It might of even taken longer than the big squishly non-inflatable purple fuzzy ball.

Some of the rest I gave to the little japanese skaters I was volunteer-assistant-coaching 😀

It was fun!


The big squishy non-inflatable purple fuzzy ball

Anyone get the NigaHiga reference? xD

I obviously spend way too much time on youtube 😛 And I’m barely on at that….

I mostly just go on there to look up choreographies or dances.

But that’s off the point.

Here’s the promised big squishy non-inflatable purple fuzzy ball….


… turned into the grandest octopus ever 🙂


This was a commission for a friend. She loved it!!! And it must have been the biggest (and definitely the most time consuming) thing I ever made xD