I ate too much of this. You will, too.
I was really excited about the meal I was prepping for Cheap Ass Monday when my cheap ass glassware sliced through my priceless right hand and incapacitated me: potato focaccia with onions and a warm white bean and spinach salad. Aside from being delicious, simple and cheap potato focaccia is one of my all time favorite foods.
It’s only recently that I’ve realize that the bread I know and love is actually focaccia; my nonna, who made it in a wood-fired oven off the kitchen of the two-room shack she lived in in the middle of a vineyard just outside Brindisi, just called it ‘pizza’ and that’s what I grew up calling it.* But you don’t get to hear about all that now because of my throbbing hand.
*Important note: My nonna is not dead, she just got a little too old to live in a two-room shack with no hot water and ten thousand stray cats; hence the past tense.
The focaccia was adapted from The Wednesday Chef’s recipe, and if it can’t equal nonna’s, it’s still damn good. The warm bean salad is little more than garlic, olive oil, a tomato, a bunch of spinach, a can of beans and splash of lemon juice cooked quickly in a saute pan, so there’s your recipe. Special thanks go to Brian, who did 100% of the work while I sat on a stool and issued directions.
And that’s about all the typing I can take, so I bring you a Cheap Ass Wednesday in pictures:
A little olive oil, a little cheese, and dinner is served, Pugliese style.