14 February 2010

Yummy pizza dough

This is a great recipe for pizza dough. I mixed it in my Breadmaker on the pizza dough setting (45 minutes). I haven't tried mixing it by hand, but others have.

2 cups plain flour
1 sachet (7g) of dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3/4 cup warm tap water

My pizza tomato sauce -makes 2 pizzas

6 small tomatoes or 4 large, all sliced up
2 cloves of garlic crushed
chopped or dried oregano
pepper, salt and sugar to taste
2 sachets of tomato paste (or 2 tablespoons)
chopped onion (or onion flakes)
- all mixed together and added to a hot pan with a small amount of olive oil and a teaspoon of butter. Simmered until tomatoes as soft and then strained through a strainer to remove tomato skins.

Now to make dough:
I sprinked yeast in first, then added dry ingredients and then olive oil and lastly water. Set the machine and waited.

When it was finished I took out dough and halved it. Rolled each half into a ball (with floury hands) then stretched each ball out into a round pizza shape. I had to give them a little roll with a flour covered rolling pin, as I wanted a fairly thin base. Prick the pizza base all over with a fork.

I topped the pizza dough with my tomato sauce and:
for my pizza:
some Low Fat Cottage Cheese with onion and chives, 2 slices of turkey diced, black olives, sliced red capsicum, dried oregano, spinach leaves, a small amount of BBQ sauce drizzled over and grated parmesan cheese on top.

Bake in a very hot oven for about 15 minutes (mine is fan forced - 220 to 230degrees C). The base is quite light. Much nicer than the frozen bases you can buy ready made.


Dear husband will make his own high fat version with tomato sauce, lots of ham, lots of hot and mild salami, black olives and cart loads of cheese. That will make him very happy.

10 February 2010

Tomato seeds

I bought some gardening magazines at the market on Sunday and I am trying to learn some gardening techniques for my garden at my new home. I haven't really had much interest in gardening until now. I am sick of tasteless vegetables and we will have enough yard to make some garden beds.

I read an interesting article on how to dry tomato seeds.The article said to scoop out the seeds and put them in a strainer and then wash them by dipping the strainer into a bowl of water. Then strain the water off and place the seeds on paper towel. When they are completely dry they can be kept for later planting. Instead of trying to get the seeds off the paper towel, just cut a square around the seeds and plant the square of seeds, paper towel included. What a great idea!!

A dear old man brought some home grown tasty tomatoes into work yesterday, so I thought I would save some seeds for planting. I will let you know if it works next year!

05 February 2010

Gourmet prawns!

I made this delicious prawn recipe this week. It is based on a recipe I found in "Mix 'n' Match Quick Menus" 1998, a fantastic recipe book I bought on one of my Op Shopping ventures.

500g green prawns
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 sachet tomato paste
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce
2 cloves garlic
6 chopped sundried tomatoes
1/2 a red capsicum (sliced into strips)
1 tablespoon lime juice
bunch of spinach leaves

Heat oil and add prawns, Cook for 1 minute each side. Take out of pan and set aside.
Add tomato paste, sweet chilli sauce, garlic, brown sugar, capsicum and sundried tomatoes to pan and cook for 1 minute, stirring all the time.
Toss prawns and spinach through mixture and cook for a further minute or so until all prawns are cooked. Sprinkle lime juice over the top.

I served them with shelf fresh noodles which only need to be heated in boiling water while the prawns are in their final stage of cooking. Strain the noodles, serve on plates and pile the prawns on top.


I was once too scared to buy green prawns as I didn't know they were so easy to cook. Talk about FAST FOOD!!

01 February 2010

Yummy Apple Tea Cake

I made an Apple Tea Cake today. I am trying to lose some extra kilos that piled on over Christmas but as always happens when I am thinking too much about food I had a craving for some cake. This was quite yummy. I found the recipe here:


Some people said they doubled the recipe, but I made the recipe as it was written and it was great.

At the end of last year I knit a shawl with my leftover Bamboo and this cardigan from some Patons Washed Haze cotton. I love the cardigan pattern. It is called "Radiate" and is a free pattern on Ravelry. It is so comfortable to wear.

I also crocheted a dress for myself and wore it to my work Christmas Party. I made up the pattern after finally teaching myself to crochet something more than granny squares. I found some great left-handed crochet video tutorials.
I was lucky enough to find an old dress at the Op Shop to wear under it as a slip. It was the exact colour I needed. It is amazing what you can find if you wish hard enough for it!