Pizza and a movie…seems so simple right? Where do I start? My refrigerator of course! I have Gala and Granny Smith apples from the last couple lunch box packs, lots of cheese (I think we could open a cheese shop), and a nub of fresh ginger from my last juice pack… Oh, I have a recipe for apple rhubarb chutney and I have rhubarb in the freezer (Spring rhubarb add-on). Sounds like the beginnings of a Fall inspired Pizza, and when I think of Fall I think of my childhood, which was spent in Europe (Father was in the Army). We spent many weekends touring around Europe in our old VW bus, seeing castles, farms, and beautiful English estates; this movie is my Fall “go to”!
My movie choice, Gosford Park, is set on an English estate in November 1930’s. It’s a “who done it”, with an interesting mix of the upstairs and downstairs staff and the British elite. It’s a bit of a nod to Charlie Chan Mysteries or Mrs. Marple series humor and intrigue. If you are a fan of Downton Abbey then you will enjoy this movie, and you may recognize Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess as Lady Constance Trentham (Maggie Smith).
For the pizza, I couldn’t do something common. I came up with something very British; something that all the social classes would enjoy. I used elements from several of my last baskets and add-ons to make a lovely Fall inspired chutney, (Aunt Constance would surely frown on bought chutney) which will serve as the “sauce” for my pizza, add some English Stilton cheese, rocket, (arugula) a sliced Bosc pear, walnuts, and a drizzle of raw honey.
The crust is a basic one using a bit of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (I used the imported one from Bountiful Baskets) and bread flour.
The finished pizza has the flavors an apple/pear tart with a bit of bite from the blue cheese and peppery arugula and bitter of the walnut, all brought together with a light drizzle of the raw honey.
The question that still remains is what beverage do I serve with it? A nice Ale or a lovely glass of Cabernet? I guess you will have to decide whether you are with the staff or the nobility?