A very lazy day was had by Team Pugh, save for a nice walk and some log chopping, however a little while ago we got hungry for dinner! So off we went to the kitchen with the idea of a quick and easy tea – NO INSPIRATION! Having no inspiration to scratch cook is a bit like writers block only more annoying because this pesky syndrome usually hits when we are uber hungry and can be fairly distressing!
So what to make?!
A quick trawl through the fridge found a bit of orange that needed using up, some swede, some grapes, some beetroot and cabbage………… So we had ourselves some salads, one using grapes, oranges and windowsill crops, the other a variation on homemade coleslaw. And what goes great with salad……… Homemade Pizza!!
So we set to work making some dough (we went for a quick and easy no proving approach as we were hungry! ):
375g (13 oz) plain flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon caster sugar
7g (1/4 oz) dried active baking yeast
2 tablespoons olive oil
225ml (8 fl oz) warm water
- Combine the flour, salt, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl.
- Mix in oil and warm water and work to a dough.
- Spread out on a large baking tray.
We topped out pizza with tomato puree, some good cheddar, some thyme, some shallots and some cubes of hogs pudding (if you haven’t tried hogs pudding you’re really really missing out) and put it in the oven for 25 minutes to bake.
Whilst that was going on we peeled and poached some pears in vanilla and star anise sugar syrup. We also melted some dark chocolate to which we added a touch of salt (if you haven’t tried this you really need to, it really brings out the flavour of the chocolate).
We then grated some swede, beetroot, finely chopped half a shallot, added some salt, pepper, blackcurrant vinegar and mayonnaise. A simple slaw! Served it, ate it, lovely!
For pudding poached pears and melted salted chocolate, delicious!