For the past 2-3 years, every other Friday has been pizza night at our house. And I mean REAL pizza. Not home delivered by the local pizza joint or even from Pizza Cut*, Dominion’s*, Mama Joan’s* or Weeny Teaser’s*. And definitely NOT anything in the way of a frozen pizza. You may as well eat the box it comes in as it may taste better! Now granted, I will not deny that I’ve never eaten a frozen pizza, but now that I have the opportunity to eat fresh, homemade pizza whenever I want, I will not eat pizza out of the freezer again, unless of course, I would ever become stranded on a deserted island and all that is available to me is frozen pizza, then I would have no choice now, would I? However, now that I think about it, if it’s a deserted island, then that means no electricity, hence no freezer, therefore…NO FROZEN PIZZA!! Whew…I’m so glad I won’t have to worry about that then! Now, we return you to your regularly scheduled program…
No, when we do pizza, we do it right. I make the base by hand with the usual ingredients: flour, water, yeast, salt and olive oil…which reminds me, I need to get going on making that shortly as it needs 3 hours to rise…OK, the yeast is in the warm water (105f) and is in the process of foaming or basically, coming back to life. The flour is all weighed out and the salt has been added along with the olive oil; extra virgin of course. I even added a bit of dried basil for a little sparkle…The dough is now mixed, kneaded and set aside to rise.
Our toppings have been pretty much the same over time. The basic tomato sauce (homemade of course) along with minced shallots, garlic and chili peppers. We also add a mix of salami/pepperoni/chorizo, whatever P feels like getting when he’s at the store. I also add spinach (fresh if we have it, if not, I thaw out some frozen), anchovies, mushrooms and to top it off, slices of mozzarella with a sprinkling of basil and oregano. It all usually tastes pretty good, but I think it’s time we add some new things and possibly remove some others…or perhaps just add the new things and keep all the others. Talk about a loaded pizza!
(The dough was risen even more by the time I made the circle…and um, please excuse the tail and rear end of the cat in the upper portion of the picture.)
Last evening, we were watching one of the many cooking shows that are on TV. We normally watch some of the quiz shows that are on in the early evening, but Wimbledon is on right now and screwing up our TV watching…sorry, but I don’t like watching tennis. Anyway, we were watching a show called Daily Cooks Challenge. In a nutshell, there’s a celebrity chef host along with two other celebrity chefs who do the cooking. There’s a TV celebrity who comes on and acts as judge. The two chefs who are cooking make dishes and the celebrity judge decides on which one they like, thus awarding points to the chef. The chef with the most points wins at the end of the day and they go on for the whole week, thus making one of the chefs the winner for the week. It’s a lot more interesting than it sounds. You can see more about it here So again, I digress. One of the chefs, Gino D’Acampo, made a pizza using chicken livers, which was the star ingredient, chosen by the judge. Hubby and I decided that since it was pizza night, we should do something different so we decided we’ll use chicken breasts (not livers…yuck). We also decided to add some bacon, cheddar cheese (along with the mozzarella) and black olives.
Hubby just got home from the store…here’s what he picked up for the meat…
I can’t wait to have pizza later! Now I just need to make myself a proper martini to help wash it down…….
I meant to take a picture of the whole pizza but I forgot until we were just about done with it, so you’ll have to settle for a picture of just two slices!
|Last two lonely slices
*names have been changed due to trademark/copyright use…but you know who I mean. 😉
Terri’s Tasty Tip…
As with most fine things, chocolate has its season. There is a simple memory aid that you can use to determine whether it is the correct time to have chocolate; any month whose name contains the letter A, E or U is the proper time for chocolate – Sandra Boynton