Monday, February 14, 2011

Some yummies for our tummies....

"Hospitality consists in a little fire, a little food and an immense quiet"  ~ Anon

Pfft!!! Not in this household hahaha... there is always an abundance of food and usually the type of raucous that makes you look forward to bed time at the end of the evening LOL. But it is always a HEAP of fun!!!!

The creation of the classic, crusty homemade garlic bread- yum yum!!!!
Complete with my own homemade garlic butter with fresh parsely!
Cousinly love... such a sweet thing! Our LJ with
his lil cousin Max. Cuteness Supreme!
And all the above goes for the night we had this Saturday just gone. We were absolutely blessed to have the beautiful company of my Mum and Dad, and my Sister, Brother-in-Law and their precious lil tribe of gorgeous munchkins as well... and it's not often we all get together to be able to do this sort of thing so we really felt thankful for having them all! And thanks for making the effort for us again guys, we really appreciate it!

The yummy Brushetta (minus the hommos darn it- I forgot!)
was gobbled up in minutes... and there were 2 plates of them!!!
And a sneaky hand pinching another little morsel...
On the menu was homemade, fresh Brushetta and crusty garlic bread, with icy cold jugs of drink, and the yummiest of freshly made(base to toppings) rustic pizzas... even if I do say so myself! And a Tasmanian Apple Cake and Cheesecake for dessert- thanks a million Mumsy! For the pizzas, I simply cut up all a whole variety of topping options, and put them into my divided containers ready to go once the dough was rolled. Then once each pizza was prepared and rolled out, we all had a bit of a go at putting toppings and flavourings on and letting loose... and the results were amazing! Yum yum!

Think this one might have been our "Super Supremo" pizza...
complete with fresh boccocini and black olives!
Some of the many containers we had to hold our numerous yummy,
fresh ingredients!
Chris had also fired up his beloved bbq and decided to see how a few pizzas would go being cooked with the hood down... and I must say "perfection" (in his words lol), definately going to be cooking them out there from now on!

(this makes enough for approx 6 medium pizzas)

800g plain flour (unbleached recommended)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp yeast
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Approx. 400ml warm water

*Combine all dry ingredients and mix well in a large bowl.
*Pour in the olive oil and enough warm water to form a dough (this will vary, I actually had to add   more water than stated).
*Knead until the dough is smooth on the outside
*Cover with clingwrap and put in a warm spot for approx. 1.5-2hrs or until the dough has doubled in size.
*Once doubled, knock the air out of it and re-knead it into a ball.
*Cut into required size of dough balls with a knife and roll into a pizza base shape.
This is our pizza dough slowly doubling
itself in size...

*Any leftover dough can be stored in an air-tight container for up to 4 days.
*I added some italian style herbs and garlic powder to the dough mixture for some extra flavour.
*And remember when adding the water that less is more to begin with to get the right consistency... then add more if required.
*I turned the dough balls into a slighty flatter shape with my hands before rolling slightly, and then "tossing" in the air gently to stretch the dough out  the traditional way... and it's a heap of fun too!

And that's me tossing the pizza dough in
the traditional way- easier than I thought!

Some of the end results... we made about 7 or 8 pizzas in total-
WAY too much for all our little bellies hahaha
Oooh the memories... totally delish! And with fab company what
more could we ask for?!
All in all a fab night, with gorgeous company and a truly delish feed... need to make the time to do this kind of thing more often! Thanks guys for coming out and spending time with us again- we really appreciate it and LOVED spending time with our nearest and dearest! Let's do it again soon ok ;)

Happy Days xox K

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