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Monday, December 9, 2013


Now that we are heading into the colder months, in Los Angeles now it is 10-15 degrees below what it should be day and night time, so yes we are shivering in 60f's daily now.

With this in mind and knowing how folks like a good fresh pizza, but that night mean opening the front door and letting the cold air in for the delivery man..why not make your own at home?

here are some idea using simple ingredients and your own oven:

English Muffins/Crumpets/Pikelet/Bagels Grilled Vegetables with cheese (see photo's)

8 crumpets/English Muffins/Bagels halved/ 4 pikelets halved

1 brown onion thinly sliced
2 tomatoes sliced
1 zucchini sliced
4 cloves garlic peeled left whole
1tbsp any dried herb
2 tbsp olive oil
 place all the vegetables & herbs in a seal-able plastic bag,add the oil & marinate at least 1hour and up to 12 hours.

Bake in a 375f oven on a greased cookie sheet for 30-45 mins until they have softened, try not to blacken them

Toast the breads and top with the softened vegetables, and oil.

Top with any grated (easily melts) cheese and broil until golden and bubbly.

let diners season their own snacks

2 tbsp olives
1 tsp capers 
sliced cooked sausage
dried salami
bell peppers
pickled jalapenos
cooked dried beans
canned or frozen defrosted sweetcorn
cooked chicken or ham

what ever you prefer on your pizza or have in the house

Mini Pizzas makes 8 x4inches wide takes approx 1 1/2 hours from scratch to plate

basic pizza dough:
2tbsp dried yeast (1 pkt)

1tsp sugar
2 1/2 cups whole wheat bread flour  (this has more gluten which makes for a crispier crust)
1tsp sea salt
1 tbsp olive oil
olive oil for brushing

Combine the flour and salt in a medium bowl.
in a bowl dissolve the sugar in the warm water and add the dried yeast..let it froth, then add to the flour and add the olive oil.
Mix well with a wooden spoon to form a dough.
Knead for 4 mins on a floured wooden board.
Place in floured bowl and cover with a cloth in a warm place to allow it to double in size (1 hour).

knead dough for 1 minute then break into 8 balls..rolling each into a 4 inch circle or more they should be less than 1/4 inch thick.

Preheat oven 400f middle to top shelf

Place the pizza circles on oiled cookie sheets.

Prepare toppings:

1 x 15ozs chopped tomatoes in juice drained & processed
 with 2 tsp dried herbs of choice & 4 cloves garlic smashed, salt & pepper

2 zucchini grated and drained in a colander/sieve for 30 mins

1/2 cup cooked ham or chicken chopped ( optional)

3 tbsp chopped olives ( optional)

other veggies and fillings of choice

these can be topped with melting cheese or just olive oil before baking

Spread 2 -3 tbsp of the tomato mix on base of pizzas, going up to rim.

top with fillings of choice.

add  fresh/dried herbs and salt & pepper

Top this with either sprinkles of olive oil or grated cheese

bake for 15 mins or until crispy

sprinkle with coarse salt and serve hot.



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