Friday, October 09, 2009

An Update

I've been busy settling in to the new office and I just wanted to give you guys a glimpse of what I've cooked up in the kitchen...the wonderful photos were taken by my arty design colleague...

This is a very simple olive and onion pizza...I decided to make this because I wanted to try out a recipe for a thin crust pizza base that doesn't need to proof...this is a dough that you can just mix and roll out right away and pop in the oven...this is done faster than the time it takes for you to pick up the phone and call Domino's pizza...and homemade is always much better!

All you need is 2cups of flour, 3/4 cup water, 2tsp yeast, 1tsp sugar, a pinch of salt and 2tbs olive oil...mix it all up...knead and roll out as thin as you can get it...add toppings of your choice...pop in the oven at 180C and cook till the crust browns slightly. This recipe makes 2 pizzas.

With this recipe I don't think I'll ever call for a pizza again!

We've also had a lot of filo pastry lying round the office which we've been meaning to use up...so I stewed some fresh nectarine slices in a grapefruit cranberry juice with some sugar...and then I put this together baklava style...a few slices of pastry brushed with butter...then I layered on the nectarines...and then layered on more slices of pastry followed with a ricotta, nutella, nut mixture...this was interesting and tasted like a fruit pie...

I also made spinach, ricotta, walnut rolls...those were delicious!!

This is what I've been busy doing in the kitchen at work over the past few days...next week I'm cooking up a series of burgers from around the world...and also some ghoulish halloween treats!

10 comments:

Vivien said...

your job is really interesting, experimenting food etc

thenomadGourmand said...

Do u need an assistant??? ;p

Allan Yap & Nigel A. Skelchy said...

Ferget the assistant! I'll come sample. OR we could cook together. Would love that! ;-)

Kylie @ The Rockgarden said...

Hi there! I love reading your blog and I sent you this award - enjoy :)
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Arwen from Hoglet K said...

mmm, nutella, fruit and nuts. Every one is good alone, so the combination with filo must be extra yum!

Sophia said...

Ok, I want your job! I think I already mentioned that, but WOW!
And thanks for the quick and simple pizza dough recipe...But how can I tweak with it? Like add flavorings or what-not...

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Look at how lovely and thin the base of the pizza is! :) And filo pastry...*drools*. Pastry is my weakness!

boo_licious said...

Oooh, the no rest pizza dough sounds very good. Yums, can't wait to see what else is coming out from the kitchen.

Anita said...

The food looks great! I can also never order pizza again - homemade pizza is too fantastic (and often cheaper).

Alexandra@Chefspiration said...

Vivien - It truly is...I love it :)

TheNomadGourmand - Hee hee....will let you know if I do!

Allan - Sounds good!

Kylie - Thanks!! Good to know that there are ppl out there who enjoy reading my ramblings :)

Arwen - That was my reasoning when I combined it all...hee hee...

Sophia -You can tweak it in any way you'd like! Let me know how it turns out :)

Lorraine - Pastry baking in the oven is one of the nicest smells!

Boo_licious - It's so good too...what I love the most is how fast it is to make :)

Anita - That's so true!