Fresh Tomato and Red Onion Pizza; wandering conversations 

As is typical for me, this pizza is bass ackwards….

The tomatoes are yellow and the onions are red.

Actually, the tomatoes are an heirloom variety that is very popular here called Ananas.

Ananas is the French word for pineapple as well as for these multi-colored tomatoes.

Remember the Red Onion Marmalade I made a few weeks back?


I decided it would be great on a pizza – but without the sugar added..

Fresh Tomato and Red Onion Pizza 

Total time: 50 minutes


  • 1 sheet of pizza dough
  • 2 large red onions, chopped
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs red wine
  • 2 tbs Balsamic vinegar
  • 4oz (120gr) sausage
  • 1/3 cup sliced green olives
  • 2 – 3 large tomatoes, very thinly sliced
  • 4oz (120gr) shredded mozzarella


  • Lay the dough out on a baking sheet or pizza pan.
  • Sauté onion in olive oil over medium heat until it starts to get tender.
  • Reduce heat to low and cook slowly for 20 minutes.
  • Add wine, vinegar, and stir well. Continue to cook slowly until almost dry, about 5 minutes longer.
  • Sauté sausage in another skillet briefly, breaking it into large chunks.
  • When ready spread the onions on the crust
  • Arrange the tomato slices on top.
  • Add the sausage, olives, and top with the shredded cheese.
  • Bake in a preheated oven, 400F (200C) for 12 – 15 minutes, or until crust and top are golden brown.

Fresh Tomato Pizza

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The other day I met one of the people that mon mari is doing some work for. He’s British and just bought a house here in France. He travels to Houston frequently for business so the recent hurricanes were the main topic of our brief conversation.

As conversations often go discussions about hurricanes led to discussions about building on flood plains, followed by discussions on flood insurance and, finally, health insurance.

He couldn’t understand why Americans seemed to be willing to pay more for less.  Actually it was being willing to pay a lot more for a lot less.

We talked about all of the myths about Americans having better access (they don’t), better care (they don’t). better choices (they don’t), etc.

Today I read this article in the Washington Post. Here is the paragraph that stood out:

There is another way to look at costs, however. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, in 2015 the United States spent $9,507 per capita on health care. That’s more than twice the amount spent per capita in Britain ($4,125), France ($4,530) or Canada ($4,533), all of which have universal health care. In rankings based on factors such as life expectancy and infant mortality, the United States lags behind countries that spend much less on health.

Yes, some of these countries have higher taxes…. But they don’t have co-pays and deductibles nor do they pay a portion of hospital stays, etc.

Obviously, the first thing that has to happen is Americans need to decide that good health and access to health care is a right, not a privilege.

Also, obviously, it’s (like most things) easier said than done. But it will never be done unless it’s started.

I shall now step down from my soap box for another year (or so) (maybe).

This was a really good pizza…..

Last update on September 15, 2017

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