Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sunday Bread-day

Today is my get stuff around the house done day!  I haven't made bread since I have been back, and decided it was on my list of "chores" for the morning!  

I made a Tuscan Loaf which is a simple bread, and has both white and whole wheat.  The recipe came from a cook book my dad bought me several years back when I first began experimenting with bread making: The Bread Bible by Beth Hensperger

This is the first free formed loaf bread I have made in a long time, as well as the first bread I have kneaded by hand in years (you know, since I got the Kitchen Aid)


I think it turned out great!  MMMMM Toast for lunch?  

Friday, July 26, 2013

Pizza Night here at the Ugly Green House

I have been making pizza for my self regularly lately....for several reasons, mostly because I love good pizza, but most is too unhealthy to eat regularly. 

I have learned that if I cook for my self I can have the things I love and still eat in a  way that is good for me, and now that I have it down, I might just eat pizza every day! 

Those are 4 lumps of dough, made from Mark Bittman's recipe, accompanied by tomato, eggplant, basil and rosemary from the garden. Some sea salt, olive oil, Al's pepper mix, mozzarella, and Parmesan. I know it sounds complicated, but since most of it was in my garden it was really simple: just use what you have. 

I have had 2 pizza making surprises. The first is that rosemary is essential, and it goes amazingly with basil. I think this might be a well known fact, but I am just figuring it out. 

Second, to get the dough hot enough to cook in our kitchen ovens, the secret is to use a broiler and a cast iron pan! You must preheat the pans in the broiler then place a thin layer if corn meal in the heated pan. Place the pizzas in the pan, like you would on a stone and bake until top is browned to your liking. This is a quick process, so don't let your mind wander too much or you will risk blackened pizza. 

Bon appetite! Ahhhh!!! I cannot wait for tomorrow's dinner! Pizza night again!