Hong Kong, China

Sorry for the radio silence last week y’all. In the process of checking continent number five off of the list and in an effort to really be present on this trip, I ended up unplugging for a week. It wasn’t planned, but apparently, really needed.

I am sorry for not giving you a heads up though. Can you forgive me? How about I make it up by dropping a ton of eye candy in the form of some iPhone shots from the week on you? That cool?

Thought so.

tea at the Peninsula {wanderlust: hong kong}{my handsome date for afternoon tea at the Peninsula Hotel}

bbq pork buns made in my dim sum class {wanderlust: hong kong}{bbq pork buns I made in my dim sum class}

{wanderlust: hong kong} from kiwi and peach{tian tan buddah on Lantau island}

{wanderlust: hong kong} from kiwi and peach

{wanderlust: hong kong} from kiwi and peach

{wanderlust: hong kong} from kiwi and peach

{wanderlust: hong kong} from kiwi and peach

{wanderlust: hong kong} from kiwi and peach

{wanderlust: hong kong} from kiwi and peach

{wanderlust: hong kong} from kiwi and peach

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Bacon, Gorgonzola, and Caramelized Onion Pizza

The Kiwi and I have been doing our fair share of traveling recently. After our two weeks in Marrakech and Paris we had about a week at home before we headed to Hong Kong where we are now for the Kiwi’s work conference {and a little sightseeing}.  When we get back, there are some big, big things a happening around the Kiwi and Peach house. But if I’m being honest y’all, I’ve been thinking more about the things to come rather than the stuff that is happening right now.I’m a planner, an organizer. When life gets hectic, taking a few minutes to make lists, think through things that are coming up and their possible outcomes is how I make sense of it so that I can focus on what is going on now. Most of the time, I consider this is a strength. Most of the time {okay, some of the time} it works, but when it doesn’t work, when it stops being a strength, is when it leads to worrying. Needless, needless worry of which I’ve been doing my fair share.

A couple of weeks ago, Sheena talked about her place. The place that made things make sense. The place that made your heart smile.

“Where is my place?” she asked. “That’s easy,” I answered—the mountains.

On our only free weekend in the whole of October, the Kiwi and I headed down to the Alps. This was the only chance we would have to see leaves in all their fall glory. This was the only chance we would have to breathe in the crisp mountain air and just wonder at the gorgeous mountains we were surrounded by. I was truly present for the first time in what felt like months, appreciating the beauty of this country, and so grateful for the chance to live here.

We came home, made our favorite pizza, alpine style, with lots of stinky cheese and thick slices of bacon, and talked about all of our travels this year. What a year it has been?!

What about you? Do you struggle with this as well? What are your tips?

Bacon, Gorgonzola, and Caramelized Onion Pizza from Kiwi and Peach

Bacon, Gorgonzola, and Caramelized Onion Pizza

{Makes one 12 inch pizza. It’s usually enough for both of us for dinner and my lunch the next day.}

1 batch of pizza dough {My go-to recipe uses honey, yeast, flour–spelt and all purpose, and butter or olive oil and takes less than an hour.}
2 ounces thick cut bacon, sliced
1/2 of a large red onion {sweet onions, pictured, work great too}
1 tbsp butter
about 4 ounces {2 cups} of gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
extra melted butter for brushing on the crust

Preheat the oven on low {120°F/60°C for me} and start heating a pan on medium heat.

First thing I do is to proof the yeast for the pizza dough.

While it’s proofing, slice your bacon and onion. Once the pan is hot, pop your bacon in there and cook for a couple minutes, just long enough to render the fat. Transfer to a bowl and sit it to the side. Return the pan to the heat.

Drop a bit of butter in there and then toss in the onions. Stir well, then cover, and reduce the heat to medium low. Give them a stir every 10 minutes or so until you’re ready to put the toppings on the pizza. This usually ends up being about 30 minutes for me.

Once the onions are on, I make my pizza dough and pop it in the warmed oven to rise for 20 minutes. Turn the oven off after you put it in to rise.

{Really, this pizza dough is so simple, y’all. Promise me you’ll give it a try? You’ll never go back to the store bought, pre-baked stuff I swear! I’ve even been known to get it out after just 10 minutes because I was in a hurry, and you know what, it was still delicious.}

Once the dough is finished rising, flour your hands and push it out to the size you want your pizza to be. Now let’s, layer this baby up with the goods!

I do a layer of gorgonzola, the bacon, the onions {which can come off the stove now, by the way}, then another layer of gorgonzola. The cheese is the key here folks. Lots and lots of cheese.  Brush the exposed crust with a little melted butter then pop it back in the oven on as high as your oven will go {for me that’s 475°F/240°C} and bake for 20 minutes.

Enjoy it y’all.

Bacon, Gorgonzola, and Caramelized Onion Pizza from Kiwi and Peach

{JAM} Seven Handle Circus: Blue Ridge Called My Name

When I was younger, I really wanted to play an instrument.

I tried the piano,

the recorder,

the clarinet,

the guitar.

I just couldn’t get it. Music, despite my best efforts, was not my thing. And that’s okay. I am not a musician, but man, do I love being surrounded by music.

The good kind of music.

The kind of music that calms your soul.

The kind of music that makes you involuntarily dance around with a batter-covered whisk in your hand.

The kind of music that makes you think. The kind of music that makes you feel something.

This band… they’re the good kind. And it would pretty much make my day if y’all would head over to their kickstarter, watch their video, and think about backing them so that they can make a full length album full of gems like this…

Update: The Kiwi thinks that, in the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that I know about these cats because I went to high school with one of them. I didn’t mention it because I wanted to promote the band, not my feeble connection to it. They never asked me to promote them and I’m definitely not being compensate for it. I just genuinely think they are great and would like nothing more than to see them succeed so that I can listen to more of their excellent music. Really I’m just incredibly selfish.