Saturday. Buoyed by Scotland’s unlikely win against England in the rugby this afternoon, a jubilant D has volunteered to make us a celebratory pizza for tonight’s dinner. His last attempt, though very tasty, was a bit doughy and heavy. Can he perfect it tonight?
17:30 – He’s making the sauce and garlicky aromas are wafting through the house. Now, this part was absolutely perfect last time. In fact, I thought his tomato sauce was better than the version that I’ve been making for years and it’s far simpler to make.
Tomato Sauce for Pizza and Pasta
1 tblspn extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Small handful of basil, torn up
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
Warm the oil in a small pan over a medium low heat.
Add the garlic and fry gently until starting to turn golden.
Add the chopped tomatoes and basil leaves. Stir well and simmer gently for 30 minutes.
18:00 – Sauce is ready and I got to taste it. Yummy.
18:03 – My kitchen is trembling. He’s about to make the dough. The work surfaces are still raw from being scrubbed to a flour free state (by me, can I add) last time pizza dough was made.
18:05 – D has just shouted at me for repeatedly calling out “What are you doing now?” Apparently it’s distracting. Wonder how he’s going to react when I start taking pictures?
Pizza Dough Recipe
D is following a recipe identical to the one found here. For visual instructions, click here.
18:24 – The dough is coming together nicely. D appears to be mellowing as he has not reacted at all to me hovering around with my camera.
18:30 – The dough is resting. D is covered in flour and is leaving a trail of white powder wherever he goes.
18:50 – Oven’s on. Dough’s being rolled. Toppings are chopped. Tonight we’re having chorizo, red onion and mozzarella.
18:55 – Oh, it’s all looking wonderful. I’m starving.
19:05 – Disaster has struck. One pizza went in the oven, no problem. The second, which is D’s, stuck to the work surface. Our attempts to move it have resulted in a mangled mess. It’s in the oven anyway.
19:20 – Time to eat!
Pizza number one looks like this –
Pizza number two (no giggling, now) looks like this –
20:00 – Both pizzas tasted fantastic. I’m stuffed and the kitchen is covered in flour. It’s going to have to stay that way until tomorrow as we’re off to the pub.
Enjoy your weekend!