breakfast pizza & 25 october songs

i’ve always been a playlist person, carefully selecting a custom melange of songs for every conceivable occasion. when i found myself in the middle of october without a halloween-themed playlist, my immediate reaction was to pour over newly released albums by favorite artists, looking for eery jams to add to my running mental list of creepy songs from favorite albums past. the result is a mixture of calming songs, mostly minor & slightly morbid. although it’s not meant to be rainbows & sunshine, the playlist has a strangely relaxing, soothing quality about it, fitting for a grey october afternoon that holds the promise of productivity.
25 october songs with a creepy, crawly vibe
1. death by diamonds & pearls – band of skulls
2. creature fear – bon iver
3. werewolf – cat power
4. lazarus – david byrne & st. vincent
5. bats in the belfry – dispatch
6. dead in the water – ellie goulding
7. graveyard – feist
8. howl – florence + the machine
9. the devil never sleeps – iron & wine
10. honey & the moon – joseph arthur
11. skeleton song – kate nash
12. the sound of silence (simon & garfunkel cover) – kina grannis
13. graveyard girl – m83
14. ghosts that we knew – mumford & sons
15. zombie – natalia kills
16. miriam – norah jones (only norah jones could make the desire to murder somebody sound so beautiful)
17. cry like a ghost – passion pit
18. 15 – rilo kiley
19. halloween head – ryan adams
20. leaves in the river – sea wolf
21. personal – stars
22. casmir pulaski day – sufjan stevens
23. shallow graves – the tallest man on earth
24. ronan – taylor swift
25. walking with a ghost – tegan & sarah
for more where that came from, you can listen to the playlist in its entirety on spotify.
while i’ve always been a playlist person, for years, i was never a breakfast person. sometimes i think it was my past life as a high school swimmer that embittered me toward the morning. i was forever rising in that blue dark as my dreadful timex alarm clock blared through the pre-dawn silence, red numbers blinking 4:00 a.m. … no one wants breakfast at that hour, let alone to wake up even earlier to make the time for it.
i’ve forgiven & forgotten that old alarm clock, though. i’ve never been the type to hold a grudge & for that, i am grateful. these days, my mornings are quite serene & something to look forward to, usually involving a steaming cup of fair trade coffee & some light legal reading with iron & wine pulsing faintly through my speakers. after an hour or so, a certain love of my life rises & stretches daintily from the place she’s been keeping warm in the bed since i awoke, leaps off & clicks across the hardwood floor before sitting politely by my side waiting to be invited up to the coveted space that is my lap. if i’m lucky, other mornings might include a hilly run up & down gorham street, a pause in the park to breathe in the fall, to appreciate the elements of wind, earth & water.
tuesday morning was a treat in its own right. after seeing this post on the kitchn on monday, i rose from my bed with purpose. i rolled out some leftover pizza dough, topped it with diced tomatoes, a blend of mozzarella & blue cheese, greek olives & fresh herbs. last, but certainly not least, i cracked a few eggs over the top. i baked the pie at my oven’s highest temperature, until the whites were set & the edges of the dough were crispy. i called my friend kari over & we started off the day together in the best of ways. we broke bread while listening to my creepy october playlist & drinking coffee laced with cinnamon, nutmeg & cloves. follow the link below for the full recipe.
pizza dough
-3/4 cup flour
-3/4 cup whole wheat flour
-3/4 tsp yeast
-1/2 cup lukewarm water (add 1-2 tbsp if necessary — i sometimes add more, you want to strike a balance between adding too much/making the dough too sticky & having enough to soak up all the flour)
-1 tbsp olive oil
-1 c diced tomatoes
-1 c mozzarella cheese
-1/2 c blue cheese
-1/2 c pitted greek olives (mixed variety)
-1 c steamed kale, tightly packed
-1 sprig fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
-2 tsp dried sage
-freshly ground black pepper, to taste
-6 eggs
1. for pizza dough, combine dry ingredients (including yeast) in a large bowl. add olive oil & water, using your hands or a wooden spoon to combine (hands are easier). you’ll know at this point if you need to add more water, do so very gradually if so. form a ball (or as close to a ball as you think you can get), then knead dough for 10 minutes right in the bowl. after 10 minutes of kneading, cover bowl & place in a dark, warm place to rise for about an hour or until dough has doubled in size. you can also let it rise overnight outside the refrigerator if you’re using it the following morning.
2. preheat oven to highest temperature or 500 degrees, whichever is lower. roll out the dough as thin as you can get it to form a 12-in circle or a 10 x 15 in. rectangle (does not need to be perfect) – my pizza looks smaller because i made two smaller pizzas. place it on a 10 x 15 in. baking sheet or round metal tray.
3. top with tomatoes, followed by cheeses, followed by olives & kale, followed by herbs.
4. crack eggs directly over pie or in a separate cup, one by one, before pouring onto pizza.
5. bake for 8-10 minutes or until egg whites are set & edges are crispy.
*makes 4-6 servings (if a 10 x 15 in. rectangle — 15 square slices)
**pizza dough recipe from smitten kitchen
***inspired by the kitchn

About Christina

Milwaukee-based bon vivant. Lover of food, yoga, design, good words & loving kindness.
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3 Responses to breakfast pizza & 25 october songs

  1. Oh, yes. You’ve created this life for yourself. Reading about how happy the simplicity of breakfast and your ghoulish fall playlist makes you gets me thinking, “this chick is on the right path.” I know this is a leap, but your children to be are gonna be so lucky to have a mama who loves to cook as you do. Ha,ha, no rush though. ;)

  2. Gabrielle says:

    So glad you commented on my blog. How funny is it that I took your pic? I guess all cool people have blogs. ;)

    I just read like, every post on your blog ever, and have been so inspired to get cooking! I’m a vegetarian (pescetarian, but whatever) and you seriously have SUCH creative ideas on here that are perfect for what I can eat. I mean, apple pizza? And butternut squash may be my favorite food.

    Just love your blog. And actually am in the process of pulling up Spotify to go through all of these songs on this playlist.


    • christina says:

      You’re so sweet. I hope you like it. I’ll eat anything but I’m mostly veggie especially if I’m cooking at home! I love your blog too. The pics look great.

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