Wednesday 13 June 2012

Tuesday tradition: pizza

Does doing something for 4 weeks in a row make it a tradition? Maybe! We kind of decided that pizza on Tuesday evenings was going to be a new tradition, after really only doing it once, and I have to say, it is our best idea. Every Tuesday, we make pizza from scratch. Sometimes the dough is made ahead of time, and sometimes I make it the day of, but either way, I love this tradition. We try to vary and do something new each week, so far, it's working!

Dough (adapted from Fine Cooking): 
1 3/4 cups warm water
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 tsp yeast
1 1/2 tsp sugar
4 1/4 cup flour (I've done all all-purpose, but we really prefer 1/2 allpurpose and 1/2 whole wheat, more flavor!)

Mix together the first 5 ingredients.  Slowly mix in the flour, until a dough forms. If you are making it ahead of time, you can just leave it in the bowl for a few hours, and it will expand and mature on its own. However, if you are making it right away, add enough flour to make a good dough, and kneed it for a few minutes. This dough is usually enough for at least two pizzas. It also keeps well in the fridge, in a bowl, and covered with plastic wrap, for up to a week. You can apparently also freeze it, but I haven't tried that yet. 

Pizza Sauce (adapted from
1 can tomato paste
6 ounces of lukewarm water
3 tbsp parmesan cheese
1 tsp minced garlic
2 tbsp honey
3/4 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dried basil
pinch of ground pepper, salt. 
1/2 tbps fresh sage

Mix all the ingredients together until it forms a sauce, and let it sit for 30 minutes so that the flavors blend together. You can adapt the herbs and spices as you wish. We only had dried basil, so I added some of our fresh sage, but any herb would work here. 

Top the pizza! We always have pepperoni (according to Shawn, it's not real pizza without pepperoni), red peppers, mushrooms. Then we vary the other ingredients depending on what is in the fridge. The cheese also changes from week to week, always mozzarella, but a little havarti has shown up, and others like monterey jack may show up in the future! 

Chocolate cake in a cup

A while ago, I was at my sister's apartment, and happened to see a recipe for chocolate cake in a cup posted on her fridge. Apparently someone gave her the recipe and ingredients for her birthday, knowing she liked cake, and doesn't cook much. Well, apparently she never tried it, but I told myself that I would! Last night, I finally decided to try it, and it was totally worth it. 

Does the picture speak for itself? It was delicious (even though the microwave could use a little cleaning!!). It wasn't too sweet either. BUT, there was a lot of it, so it could be shared quite easily!

4 tbsp flour
4 tbsp white sugar
2 tbsp cocoa
3 tbsp oil
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp chocolate chips

Mix flour, sugar, cocoa, oil, egg and vanilla in a mug until well combined. mix in the chocolate chips.
Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Enjoy!! Cake can't get any easier than that!