Yesterday and today have seen me get a bit more adventurous in my tiny kitchen. It all started because I was chatting with my friend in Montreal about pizza. And then I realized I hadn’t had pizza in over 2 months. And oh boy, would a piece of pizza ever taste good. Now of course, I can get pizza in restaurants here. But it’s never as good as a piece of homemade, from scratch, made it myself pizza. I could have bought a small bag of pizza crust mix that would have given me one 12″ crust. But I thought, why have one, when I can have many?
So, I went out and bought baking ingredients. That’s right, I am baking in Barbados. My kitchen now has flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. I decided to search out yeast-free recipes in an effort to keep things simple and versatile. I also got some dried Italian herbs and some Parmesan cheese to put in my crust/flat breads.
For my pizza crust, I used this Beer Pizza Crust recipe. I cut the recipe in half and to get my 6 oz of liquid, I used 3oz of Banks beer and 3 oz of water. I added my Parmesan cheese and my Italian herbs into the dry stuff before I added the liquid. I also let the dough ball sit for 20 minutes or so (while I showered) before I pressed it into my pan and topped it.
This was the end result:
Tonight for dinner I decided I wanted a taco salad of sorts. Except I didn’t have tortillas. Oh wait! I have baking ingredients. I’ll make my own flat breads. The recipe I used was Easy, Homemade, Vegan and Yeast-free flat breads. Of course, I modified things a bit so my flat breads were not vegan. Again I halved the recipe and I used 1/4 cup water and 1/8 cup evaporated milk. I also added Parmesan and Italian herbs. Instead of cooking these on the “stove”, I decided to grill these on the BBQ. So I chopped up some garlic and added it to a small bowl of sunflower oil. I brushed the garlic oil on my flat breads before putting them on my pre-heated BBQ grill pan. I grilled them for 3-4 minutes on each side. And holy cow were they good! I have 2 left for tomorrow.
What have you found yourself making from scratch simply because you knew it would taste better than anything you could get in the store?