Sunday, September 28, 2008


I know I have been very neglectful here lately but its been hectic. What with one thing and another I feel as though there arent enough hours in the day. And have I told you how much I hate Insurance Companies in the States, they should all be wearing masks as they arae are all a bunch of bandits, I dont know how they sleep at night. Ok its safe to come out now my rant is over.

Due to the very busy nature of stuff around here lately, food has often been something just thrown together, but I did take the time to make my own pizza the other day. Probably because I got my flour delivery from King Arthur (the milling company in Vermont not the King Arthur of legends, I dont know him that well) and I get it in 25lbs bags. Yes a lot of flour I hear you say, but then I do bake a lot and the flour is so fresh it makes such a diffrence. If you get a chance give it a try. Well worth the little bit extra that you pay for it.
The recipe is a very simple one, and I have used it a bunch of times. I found that by storing the dough in the fridge (after its first rise) for a few days enhances the flavour,
3 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 Teaspoon Yeast
1 1/2 Teaspoons Salt
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
11/4 to 11/2 Cups of Water
Toppings of your choice.
Mix and knead all the ingredients together, by hand or mixer, until a smooth soft dough is created. Do not over knead, it should hold together but look a rough on the surface.
Cover and allow to rise for 45 mins, then refridgerate for about 4 hours or up to two days. This step enhances the flavour.
Divide the dough in half and shape into a 9 to 12 inch round (thicker or thinner crust, your choice, we love the thin crispy one). Place on a parchment sheet cut to fit, cover the dough and allow to rest while you heat the oven (and baking stone if you have one) to 500f.
After about 30 minutes, using a giant spatula r peel, transfer teh pizza to the oven stone or palce parchemnt and ona pan and [alce in the middle of the oven.
Bake for 4 minutes, then remove from the oven.
You can now add your toppings of your choice and transfer hack to the oven and bake for another 8 minutes till the crust is golden and the toppings are bubbly.
If you want to have your pizza later you can cool the untopped pizza crusts, wrap them well in plastic wrap and store in the fridge for 5 days, or freeze for up to 4 weeks. When reheating the pizza, the oven needs to be 450f and bake for 8 minutes.
My hubby loves this pizza, especially with tons of garlic and a drizzle of Olive Oil. Yumm..

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Not Much Cooking Here Today!

Today the very thought of food is not good for me. I am feeling definatley off colour, though I will spare you all the details, and I know you are grateful for that.

This week has been so busy as I am trying to get a lot of stuff done around the place before Turi ,my daughter arrives in a few weeks time. Obvioulsy I want the place to be looking its best for her coming, but apart from that this place seems to take all our time. I spent most of yesterday cleaning the mildew off the front porch ceiling and rails. Im sure I can still smell bleach, Yuk!! I did have plans to treat the front and back decks with water sealer today and mow the area around the barn, but Im afraid its going to have to wait. Right now I can see the back deck and the leaves are really piling up, you would think these trees would have some consideration for those of us who have to clear it up.

I will be feeling better tomorrow, I need to get this stuff done. If I do cook I promise I will photograph it. It may well look hideous.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Mille Crepe

I know I have been slipping, but I promise to do better. So here I am, well its been busy here in the stick, so much going on I dont know were to start. I think I may just start with Friday. It started out ok though I had spent Thursday afternoon cooking as our lovley Zumba instuctor Joni lost her Mother last week. As it is tradition here in the south people give food as gifts as a mark of love and respect, the women at our Zumba class being a great bunch all banded together and we all did something. Wether it was store bought, or home made it didnt matter, everyone contributed. Joni was so touched by all the efforts everyone had gone to she ended up in tears as did the rest of us. Its amazing when people pull together how that support can make you feel so cared for.

After I got home Kirstin (Bobs Daughter) called, she had had a car wreck. Luckily she was not hurt too badly more just pulled muscles and aches and pains. The car was not so lucky. The radiator is all crushed in. Oh well that can be repaired, Im just glad she didnt hurt herself too much.

Today I saw a TV cook show called Sugar Rush and they showed something called a Mille Crepe. Its crepes layered with a vanilla custardy filling. I couldnt help myself I had to try to make it. So here is a pic of it.