As I mentioned in the Riley release date blog, it was my birthday last week. (Release date is set for 18 Nov 2022 in case you missed it)
The Big Green Gummi Bear was left to his own devices when it came to selecting my gift. I asked my daughter, Girl Child, if I should be worried. He hadn’t confided his choice in her, so she suggested “Yes. Very.” Boy Child had no inclination either.
The gift was a pizza oven, plus pizza peel and charcoal.
I love pizza…but usually when it comes delivered in a box. Starting from scratch is a whole different proposition!
Armed with an online pizza dough recipe and a selection of everyone’s favourite toppings, Sunday dinner was planned.
What I didn’t plan for was a delayed start to British F1 grand prix that knocked all my timings out!
Making the dough was the easy bit…if a bit sticky and messy at first.
While I went back to watching the F1, I left it in the conservatory to rise.
After it’s allotted hour to rise, it had grown a bit but hadn’t doubled in size as I’d expected. Hey ho…. It looked like dough.
I split it into 8 little balls as instructed by the recipe and left if to rise a little longer.
The time had come to light the oven….
Sioux, one of my four cats, was less than impressed…
I rolled out three of the balls of dough…. I went for a more rustic look rather than round… OK I’m not very good with a rolling pin! They looked like pizza bases. Give me a break! LOL
With the oven up to temperature, it was time to add the toppings and get them in the oven.
Adding the toppings was easy. Due to a lack of flour on the under side of the bases and inexperience, getting them onto the pizza peel, into the oven, off the peel, turned, back on the peel and onto the plate was slightly less successful….and exceedingly stressful!
One was burnt at one end.
One was a total disaster (Let’s not talk about it- it was re-made by Boy Child)
The third one was fine…a bit singed around the edges.
The main casualty in all of this…the kitchen! Flour everywhere!
For a first attempt, I’m pretty pleased with my efforts.
More practice is definitely needed so I guess pizza is back on the menu around here 😊