(For 4/5 little pizzas or 2 middle-sized pizzas)
The remembrance of the warm sun accompanies us more and more like a desire in the first autumn days. The seasons remind us of the perpetual change of things, and so does food.
The idea of preparing something that might still be close to summer but in accordance with the flavors and colors of autumn pleased me. The little green lentils were perfect, and so was the word “pizza"... like always.
Someone once told me with some amazement that I could cook anything, even with almost no ingredient. And as far as pizza is concerned – if you still can call it that way – I think it's true. Just give me some lentils and I'll make pizza, ladies and gentlemen!
Sometimes I like to follow an idea starting from just one good and healthy ingredient, then the others will come accordingly. The season brings some of them, like a gift which is lovingly left on the kitchen balcony, still dirty of soil and bathed by the frost.
I seek not only warmth but also colors, which have always been part of my life as something you can catalogue with specific names and reduce into thin powders that are kept with care into small jars in the atelier, near the brushes.
I find some of them in the red onions which seem coated by a precious lacquer, in the pumpkin golden pulp and among the tender and bright fennel tops.
That is the set of varieties which is laid on my kitchen wooden table top, where the lentils slip like little carnival confetti, ready to sneak into the hidden folds of my wool sweater.
My fingers become yellow by touching the pumpkin pulp, my eyes water because of the onions and a steam cloud curls my hair a bit. My dresses are stained, the cumin powder slips under my nails, my fingers are cut and my boots are always muddy because the garden requires me too often. But if it wasn’t so, it wouldn't be me.
I identify with all these things and also with my impatience to taste the pizzette (little pizzas) which are still in the oven and will be, for me, the right way to welcome the new season and everything that it will bring.