Pizza, muffins, goo and poop

20140103-231209.jpgLast week Thursday I prepared a chocolate cake on because I’d some unexpected free time. Then on Friday came our friend I and we made pizza. One deep dish pizza cause M had just confided that he loves deep dish pizza and a usual one baked on a pizza tray (those with the big holes in the tray). Since we don’t have this special pan for making a deep dish pizza we used our cast iron pan which you can put into the oven. It worked perfectly and M was happy and I and I too.

Imagine here a picture of a pizza with gooey melted cheese… I would really like to show a picture but we had eaten the pizza before I could take a picture.

The second pizza was with olives on one side and Portuguese goat cheese and bell pepper. This one was good too, but totally different.

Our standard pizza dough recipe for a thick bottom is:

  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour or bread flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 20gr fresh yeast
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 3/4 cups ice cold water

Dissolve the yeast in the water and blend the flour with the salt. Then add the yeast water and oil. Blend very well and knead for about 10min.
Cover the bowl with cling film and let it raise. Roll out on a flour dusted counter. Place into the pan or on a parchment paper on a tray, brush with a bit of oil, add your toppings and bake in the preheated oven at 250C until the crust and cheese are golden brown.

You can mix the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour, but then you are probably going to need more water. Add more water slowly and only teaspoon by teaspoon.

For a deep dish pizza use a cast iron pan, brush it with oil. Roll out the pizza dough, ca 0.5cm thick. Cover your pan with it. Then brush the dough with a bit of oil, sprinkle the bottom first with some cheese, then spread your tomato sauce all over the bottom followed by other toppings and finish with a little bit more cheese. Bake until the crust and cheese are golden brown. Be careful when you sink your teeth into the pizza, it might be f****** hot.

I’ve had a craving for muffins, actually bran muffins, for about 2 weeks but not managed to prepare them until Saturday. I already had one good recipe which I’d gotten from a friend but then I found another one http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2009/07/nancy-silvertons-bran-muffins/ and I made those for breakfast. Well, they are nice but for my taste a bit too sweet. M loves them though, Ecky was a bit skeptical. They have a nice crumb and they aren’t too dry. Next time I would rather prepare them with dried apricots than with raisins which could be interesting too.

20140107-143913.jpgThe dark color comes from the ground raisins which make up for the sweetness too.20140107-143928.jpgMy favorite bran muffins with a little bite and which are perfect on longer trips are those

  • 120gr bran from oats
  • 120gr whole wheat flour
  • 100gr honey
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 240ml plain yoghurt
  • 0.5 tsp vanilla extract, better ground vanilla bean
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 eggs
  • a pinch of salt
  • fruits like berries or apple or plums

Mix the dry ingredients in a medium size bowl and mix the wet ingredients in a bowl. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ones. Let the batter sit while you prepare your fruits and the muffin tray.
Preheat the oven to 190C. Set in each mold of the muffin tray a paper case. Depending on your fruits, if you use berries rinse them (frozen berries: drain the juice), for apples or pears: wash and/or peel them and chop into chunks, plums: just wash, cut them into half and take the pit out. Since plums are quite big, one half is enough for each muffin.
I used this time apples which I’d mixed with a spice mix: raw cane sugar with cinnamon and ginger etc. It’s called apple-strudel spice but it’s nice for other dishes like apple cakes and apple sauce too.

The cases filled with batter and fruits, this time with apple chunks

20140107-143959.jpgOops I forgot to take a picture before setting them into the oven..20140107-144011.jpgThe apple-strudel spice20140107-144021.jpgThen fill your muffin cases half with batter, add your fruits and add the remaining batter. I usually get about 12 muffins. Bake for about 15min or until the cake tester comes out clean. Let them cool down on a rack and be warned, as long as they are still warm those little buggers don’t want to leave their muffin cases. If you wait until fully cooled, peeling off the paper is going to be a piece of pie.

20140107-144048.jpgThose muffins and the other ones are great for freezing. So prepare ahead and have them ready when ever you need them (when flying, during birth, as a midnight snack, breakfast).

Saturday evening then we were invited to our neighbors I & B for cookies and Glรธgg (spiced red juice). Suddenly our neighbor I held a present in her hands. It was for Theo who turned 4 months on Sunday. They made us unwrap it directly even though it was for the next day. Theo got a teddy bear which has the name Theo. ๐Ÿ™‚ What a lovely surprise. B is collecting teddy bears and one of his first ones was this one called Theo. B & I tried then to find another Theo teddy bear for our Theo. This one has a very special place in our shelf. ๐Ÿ™‚

Theo

20140107-144138.jpgOn Sunday friends came over for waffles which M prepared. Theo got a present again, a freakin’ awesome shirt and a pair of bib-jeans. He’s such a little lucky bastard! ๐Ÿ˜€
And in the evening M went to bed hoping that his Packers wouldn’t get frost bites during the match against San Francisco. They played in Greenbay and the temperature was more like inside our freezer than just cold. They lost the match by 3 points. Though they didn’t deserve that Theo was dressed in his Packer jersey. Next time when they win, he can wear it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Theo is enjoying his goo meal. For this week we tried apple with carrot and millet flakes. ๐Ÿ˜‹

20140107-143950.jpgOtherwise we prepared a seed rich bread which makes you poop without any problems, a spicy rice dish with salmon, fried veggies and yesterday fried cod with mashed potatoes with cauliflower. Maybe I’ll post the bread recipe next time. It looks like this and contains oats, buckwheat, sesame, sunflower, pumpkin and flax seeds.

20140107-144057.jpg 20140107-144106.jpg 20140107-144113.jpgBtw if you meet me when you are walking your dog and it poops and you are out of poop bags, I’ll probably give you one. Just take it and pick it up. Don’t give me a weird face. If you can have a dog, you can pick it up and I don’t care how big your dog is. But I really hate it to step into poop or smell it. When Ecky poops we collect it as long as it’s collectible (the runny ones are sometimes difficult).

Have a wonderful and delicious week!

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