Monday, September 7, 2015

9-7-15

Friday afternoon's great produce finds from the local farmer's  market; included a few green tomatoes, 3 baguettes of bread, 2 pints of blackberries, some squash and zucchini, a couple small bags of fresh edamame, a few purple scallions, and some cherry tomatoes.
Friday evening... we had an impromptu dinner party with friends that included most of these items... so photos of my "haul" of goodies did not happen. >>le sigh<<
However, I can tell you that everything was delicious... and that this was my dinner plate before I inhaled it all. We simply gathered most the fresh items, rinsed them and placed them in bowls... grilled alot of them with a little olive oil, coarse sea salt and pepper, ... (and a couple steaks). We steamed the edamame, and added some sea salt.... and broke bread with our friends. Which after all, is the best way to enjoy fresh food and good times.


But that doesn't make much of a post... especially when I really don't have photos.

The rest of the weekend was spent running to various town-wide yard sales (which were awesome)... and then a picnic/ dinner party with extended family last night... and then I got sick.
So. What do you make when you've been up all night? ... and most of the fresh (and really awesome) things are already eaten?

Today I am making pizza. And I know. It's hot and I am really wiped out... so, pizza?
Yes... but this is a sort of quick and easy pizza.

*the key thing here... is that I am doing everything on the grill.
*no extra heat in the house from using the stove... no laborious cleanup afterwards.
*and hey... I am using up stuff I already have in the fridge.


To make the dough I found this recipe online (although I can't find the link now): combine 1 cup of self rising flour with 1 cup all purpose flour, a pinch of salt, 2 teaspoons of honey, 2 teaspoons of yeast, and a cup of lukewarm water. Now. Let me preface this by saying... I love bread. I love all things made with dough. But I really suck at making it. I don't know why... I don't know if I am just chemistry-challenged... or if I have the worst of luck getting active dry yeast that works... or if I am using too hot/ too cold water... but notoriously, I have trouble making any kind of dough or bread. Kristin made the dough here... because I was afraid I would mess it up. We set it aside to rise.
She did an awesome job.



I cooked the veggies on the grill first... and long enough to know that they were indeed, mostly cooked... then took them off the grill and put them in a bowl to use as toppings. After the veggies were done, I let the grill cool a bit and cleaned it off... then brushed it with some olive oil in preparation for the dough... which had been rising for about 30 minutes.
It rose!!! and looked awesome! 
I put some olive oil on my hands, and scooped a bunch and formed it into a crust shape on the grill.
The dough was then cooked or a few minutes on each side... just enough to get nice grill marks and give me the "warm fuzzies" that it was mostly done.
It was a beautiful, slightly thick and chewy (which I like) crust.


Then it was just a matter of building the pizza.
I used some leftover sauce, the grilled veggies,  some fresh herbs, and some shredded mozzarella that I had in the fridge... but really, you can make them any way you want. That is the beauty of this!
(which makes our pizza vegetarian. But you could add pre-cooked meats if you wanted to)

Kristin had also made a Gluten-free dough from a mix we had in the cupboard... so she chose to make her pizzas with that dough.. .and no cheese. So her pizzas were both Gluten Free...and VEGAN.


Enjoy!
And I will see you all tomorrow.