It’s a long month and we have to stretch the buck, what’s for dinner? I look in the freezer: king mackerel caught by my husband, peas, and ice. Not much there. The fridge looks a bit more promising. There’s marinated artichokes, half a yellow bell pepper, some spinach, and one tomato left. the first thing that pops in my head, pizza!
I like to bake (maybe too much) so I usually have the essentials on hand, flour, salt, yeast, sugar, and various herbs and spices. The garden has a nice basil patch, which will be awesome on the pizza. If only the tomatoes would hurry up already! Oh well, there’s a can of tomato paste in the cupboard, this will have to do.
I used the pizza dough recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens cook book. I remember my grandma having one of these, I had to go find a copy for myself. You could use your favorite pizza dough, even out of a can.
Pizza at home can be difficult, gooey crusts, burnt cheese, no flavour. My secret is to make a thin crust and par bake it, then top it with fresh ingredients. Resources being slim, toppings are thinly applied to the crispy crust. As James Barber would say, chop up everything smaller so that everyone gets some. The result was actually pretty tasty, and nobody missed the meat!