Thursday, September 22, 2011
Dear Mr Domino
How time flies! I remember the first time we met. It was love at first bite ... you with your great taste and good looks ... you instantly won me over. I loved that you were so dependable, always rushing to my side whenever I needed you, and you hardly ever made me wait. Even on those rare occasions when you were slightly late, you always made up for it.
What a difference from the other Mr Pizza ... you know, the one who lives in that big Hut? He stood me up twice and didn't even bother replying when I wrote to ask him why. Needless to say, I dropped him like a hot potato ... it has been 12 years since, and I never looked back. Why stick with someone who doesn't take you seriously, don't you agree?
Shortly after I left him, a friend encouraged me to meet new people, and that was when I got to know Mr Canadian and later, Mr Rite. Unfortunately, they were both not my type - that's just life, you know - and after seeing them on and off, I gradually lost touch with them. Then of course, you came into the picture.
Ahhh, I have never fallen for anyone the way I have for you. I always looked forward to our date nights, when I would open a bottle of Moscato, and we would both sit in front of the telly, just enjoying the moment.
But honey, things have changed, if you haven't already noticed. As clichéd as it may sound, it's not you, it's me. Simply put, I have grown as a person and moved ahead. I am now more self-assured, more confident, and heck, I don't even like Moscato anymore. More importantly, I have come to realise I really don't need a man to bring in the dough (pun totally intended). I can do this myself ... and rawk at it, if I may add.
So dearie, all I'm asking from you is some space. Give me wings so I can fly, and just be a friend I can count on. I'll still call you now and then, I promise. But for now, I'm ready to be a single, independent woman who can do anything she sets her mind to.
- 375ml (1 1/2 cups) warm water
- 2 tsp (7g/1 sachet) dried yeast
- Pinch of caster sugar
- 600g (4 cups) plain flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 60ml (1/4 cup) olive oil, plus extra for brushing
Homemade pizza smothered with fresh mushrooms, pineapple slices and grated sharp cheddar! YUM!
1. Combine the water, yeast and sugar in a small bowl. Set aside for 5 minutes or until foamy. Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the yeast mixture and oil. Use a round-bladed knife in a cutting motion to mix until the mixture is combined. Use your hands to bring the dough together in the bowl.
2. Brush a bowl lightly with oil. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place in the prepared bowl and turn to coat in oil. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm, draught-free place to rise for 30 minutes or until dough doubles in size.
* Note: You can prepare this recipe up to 1 hour before serving. Prep: 15 mins (+ 5 mins standing & 30 mins rising time).
3. When it is time to bake, roll out your dough to fit into your (lightly greased) tray.
4. Spread on some pizza sauce (I used store-bought pizza sauce mixed with a little of the syrup from the canned pineapples) and any topping(s) you like. Drizzle a little olive oil and bake at 240ºC for 10mins, or until the cheese starts bubbling and the edges turn nicely crisp.
Pizza with Pinot Noir? Strangely, it worked! And yes, that entire pizza was ALL MINE!