Hangovers are the worst things in the world, especially the sort which make you feel really sorry for yourself.
When I finally managed to drag myself out of bed this morning, I was craving coffee, which was nice and easy to make. A quick trip to the supermarket downstairs and I had spring onions, tomatoes, olives, pitta and mozzarella.
Everything I had a mad desire to eat!
This hasn’t got a name but it’s one of several combinations I’ve used over the years to banish a hangover. So it’s going to be called ‘Hangover Breakfast Part 1’ because I predict several chapters of this kind of food!
And trust me, my hangovers are horrible so the last thing I’m in the mood for is anything involving movement, lots of silly stirring and unnecessary fiddling around with all the ingredients. This whole thing took me about 20 minutes to do.
I hope you don’t find yourselves suffering at the mercy of the Hangover Devil too much but if you do, try this out. It’s also one of the few things which you can eat quickly, while it’s still warm, without feeling ill! Very important in hangover food…
Serves 1 tragic soul on a Saturday morning
2 pieces of pitta bread
A pack of pizza mozzarella, grated finely
3 spring onions
A handful of roughly sliced or chopped kalamata olives. (I took the pits out myself but it was a bottle of the nice variety of kalamata olive, where they slash it along the side so it’s easy for you to remove the pit. Any more involvement and I’d have given up on the olives)
Small tubs of pre-made hummus or tzatziki. Tzatziki is more important, yoghurt is great for hangovers.
I haven’t got many pictures again. I meant to take photos of each stage, but didn’t. Give me a break, I was hungover. But here’s the recipe!
Preheat the oven to 180C. While that’s heating up, slice up the spring onions and chop the tomatoes as finely as you can be bothered.
Saute it lightly in a frying pan with some olive oil and a good pinch of salt.
In the meantime, toast the pitta bread either in the toaster or under the oven until the vegetables are sauted as much as you want them to be.
When the bread is toasted, spread the vegetables on top and sprinkle some pepper on top of that.
If you can handle it in the morning, throw some crushed chillies on top of the peppered vegetables. I find they’re really good but they’ve made a lot of people even worse!
And on top of that goes the grated mozzarella. Layer it on as much as you can, the more the better in my book since it absorbs all the metaphorical crap inside you. At least that’s what I tell myself!
Put the pitta pizzas under the grill for about 5 minutes or until the mozzarella bubbles up and turns a light brown.
By this point the coffee should be done. Take the ‘pizzas’ out of the oven and gobble up. But slowly!
It’s amazing with a dollop of the tzatziki on top, the balance of hot and cool works really nicely and the yoghurt is great too!
If that doesn’t work, take a bath and then a nap. I promise you this breakfast will put you well on your way to recovery, if not banish the hangover altogether!