Pizza Margherita Recipe

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Ingredients

For the base

  • 300g strong bread flour
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
    (from a sachet or a tub)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    plus extra for drizzling

For the tomato sauce

  • 100ml passata
  • handful fresh basil
    or 1 tsp dried
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed

For the topping

  • 125g ball mozzarella, sliced
  • handful grated or shaved Parmesan
    (or vegetarian alternative)
  • handful cherry tomatoes, halved

To finish

  • handful basil
    leaves (optional)
  • Method

    1. Make the base: Put the flour into a large bowl, then stir in the yeast and salt. Make a well, pour in 200ml warm water and the olive oil and bring together with a wooden spoon until you have a soft, fairly wet dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 mins until smooth. Cover with a tea towel and set aside. You can leave the dough to rise if you like, but it’s not essential for a thin crust.
    2. Make the sauce: Mix the passata, basil and crushed garlic together, then season to taste. Leave to stand at room temperature while you get on with shaping the base.
    3. Roll out the dough: If you’ve let the dough rise, give it a quick knead, then split into two balls. On a floured surface, roll out the dough into large rounds, about 25cm across, using a rolling pin. The dough needs to be very thin as it will rise in the oven. Lift the rounds onto two floured baking sheets.
    4. Top and bake: Heat oven to 240C/fan 220C /gas 8. Put another baking sheet or an upturned baking tray in the oven on the top shelf. Smooth sauce over bases with the back of a spoon. Scatter with cheese and tomatoes, drizzle with olive oil and season. Put one pizza, still on its baking sheet, on top of the preheated sheet or tray. Bake for 8-10 mins until crisp. Serve with a little more olive oil, and basil leaves if using. Repeat step for remaining pizza.

Brand New Pots and Pans

Cookware

Being passionate about cooking is rare. In general women want careers and men just have an aversion to the kitchen. So cooking is being left to the chefs and the few housewives that still enjoy being at home cooking, cleaning and raising kids.

In order to cook tho, I need good cookware that won’t give up on me. Pots and pans that won’t spoil within a month. Handles that won’t break off if they are handled a bit roughly. These are important things when searching for quality cookware. I like kitchen utensils that are easy to use and durable. I prefer a set that won’t set me back too much. So I found myself online searching through some good 2016 cookware set reviews, hoping to find a cookware set that was suitable for my needs.

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Oh Jinx!

Perhaps some of us more than others.

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(Disclaimer: Jinx would like to point out that this is, in fact, an unflattering camera angle, and that while she did just scarf a bowl of fishes, she is still a petite girl and her belly is actually quite in proportion to her head.)


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