During the day I am so focused on painting that I sometimes do not even notice when I am hungry and I forget to eat. My lunch often consists of leftovers or a quick sandwich. Also, eating heavy, warm meals around midday makes me really sleepy which in turn is not exactly good for my productivity. So it is very important to me that I take time to cook at the end of the day and eat a nice dinner. Nothing beats a homemade meal shared with your loved ones.
Sometimes I stick to a recipe but more often than not I research food images online and make it up as I go along. This is a great way to get inspired. Especially when you are making pizza. The creative possibilities for toppings are seemingly endless.
For the base, which I always make from scratch, I use my mum's tried and tested recipe (makes a medium sized pizza). It is super easy to make and only has a few ingredients:
- 250g pizza flour
- a pinch of salt
- 7g dried yeast
- a dash of olive oil
- some lukewarm water
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and add only as much water as you need to shape a smooth and soft (not sticky) dough ball. Knead the dough thoroughly (with lots of love) on a clean kitchen counter. Then place the dough into a bowl, cover with clingfilm and leave to rest in a warm place for one hour.
Last Sunday I made the Florentine Pizza which I found under Tesco's recipes.
Recently we discovered Matthews Cotswold pizza flour at Lidl and I am loving it. This flour is extremely fine and makes a very smooth, soft dough. It was the packaging that first caught my eye. I really love the logo, the font, the colours and the vintage inspired print job. And I can say, that the product is as good as the packaging.
What is your favourite pizza?