Firstly let me apologise. I have left my camera at a friends place, therefore had to take photos on the iPad. I blogged between the computer and the iPad. 'Twas a very messy business and hence there are some very weirdly sized photos! Lol!
So....... As I knead the sour dough in the kitchen, I wonder.... how large a priority should cooking from scratch be in the coming year? After all, it reduces my family's environmental impact and ensures we eat less added nasties and more wholesome food. Yep. Cooking from scratch is pretty important!
I also like to have time to let the children cook with me. It takes longer to have a young helper but it is so good for them to feel useful and participate in a necessary daily task which is so crucial to our lives. We all need to eat and I think it's wonderful for our children to learn good basic cooking skills.
I would like to have time for craft this year. I'm knitting Buddy Boy a jumper at the moment and I would really love to sew the girls some pyjamas or dresses. We'll see how the year goes.
And for all this thinking as I go through my days, I still haven't decided on a game plan. Every single thing I do is important to me. My life is good. Everything I do is full of meaning; it is gentle, it is thoughtful and it is creative. However, trying to put it all in to practice without letting any of it slide has me running around imitating a chook with its head cut off!! I crave a smooth and peaceful year with a little more routine than last year. There are two weeks left before I need to finalise my thoughts on how this year will look. I need to take all these thoughts and dreams, work out a priority order, collate them and then form some kind of a loose routine to follow. Phew!! Do you find yourself reassessing like this in January?
Now for that pizza......
Sour dough pizza
I'm assuming here that you are already proficient at cooking sour dough bread. Make up and knead your loaf but instead of putting it into a tin to rise (like when you make bread) put the dough into an oiled bowl. Leave to double in size. When the dough has risen, knead again for a minute, then cut in half. With a rolling pin roll each piece to fit a pizza tray. One lot of bread dough is enough for two generous pizzas. Spread with toppings. Be as inventive as you can with this. Pizza is a great way to use veggies from the garden, leftovers or unusual ingredients that are lurking in the fridge.
We had some spaghetti bolognaise left over so I added it to a tin of tomatoes in a saucepan and cooked it down a little. This became our pizza sauce. I grated cheese over it, added sliced capsicum, sliced salad onion from the garden and some fetta that's been floating in the freezer for a few weeks. Pop in the oven at 200c for about 20 minutes or until bottom is crisp and top nicely melted. It was delicious! Truly, I promise!
Don't forget to let me know what unusual combinations you come up with.