A nice big slice

Veggie? Meat feast? Caviar and gold leaf? Dress it up, dress it down, any way you like it. Pizza is perfect.

We were wandering around Stockbridge market a few weeks ago and found a phenomenal fennel salami which we would have happily munched on it’s own but as we all know, everything is better on a pizza. Paired with some finely cut broccoli and creamy mozzarella it worked a treat and we hope you like it too.

It won’t be a great pizza without a great base:

200g Strong white bread flour
100g Semolina
1 Sachet instant yeast
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Caster sugar
2 tbsp Rapeseed oil or EV olive oil
200-250ml Water

Mix the flour, yeast and salt together in a large bowl and stir in the oil. Gradually add the water and mixing well to form a soft dough. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 5 minutes) then cover and set aside in a warm place to prove for at least an hour and a half.

Next up, you need a really rich tomato sauce to spread on the base. This is our go to recipe and it features in a fair few of our other recipes on here too. You will have leftover sauce, you can freeze it or whip up something else with it. Our parmigiana perhaps? Simply slowly simmer all of the ingredients for an hour or so.

1 can of good quality chopped tomatoes
1/2 tsp chilli flakes
1 tsp sugar
1 tbs balsamic
1 tbs olive oil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 bay leaf
2 crushed garlic cloves
Salt & Pepper

Preheat the oven to gas mark 5.

When you’re ready to roll, dust your work surface with flour and roll the dough out into a large rectangle, enough to fill a large baking tray. Make the base as thin as you can without making any holes then arrange onto the baking tray, covering the entire surface. Rectangular pizza’s rock, there are more crispy edges and some special topping only pieces in the middle too.

Spread a thin layer of sauce over the base then sprinkle with grated hard mozzarella (or smoked scamorza for a taste sensation). Cut some broccoli into micro florets and scatter on top of the cheese before layering on plenty of salami. Bake in the oven until the base is crispy and the cheese is bubbled all over.

 

I’ll make you banana pancakes, pretend like it’s the weekend now*

Mini Stovies can’t get enough of these right now; our own Banana and Date Pancakes, which we are only too happy to make by the mountain load at the weekend. Thanks to the minimal sugar and two portions of fruit this is a happy healthy brekkie for all the family.

The recipe below will make six 4-5 inch pancakes, multiply to your heart’s delight.

2 Large eggs
300 ml Milk
250g Plain flour
1 tsp Baking powder (heaped)
1-2 tsp Sugar
2 Bananas, sliced
A handful of dried dates, chopped

Separate the eggs and beat the whites until stiff. In a large bowl mix together all of the ingredients bar the fruit and mix until smooth. Gently fold in the egg whites.

Heat a small frying pan and wipe lightly with oil or melted butter – just dip a piece of kitchen towel into the butter/oil and swish it over the pan.

Pour a enough batter into the pan to cover to the edges, scatter some chopped dates and a few slices of banana into the cooking pancake. When the top starts to bubble and set flip it over and cook until you can hear the banana pieces sizzle.

Serve warm. For a really indulgent twist spread with peanut butter. Mmmmmmmmmmm.

* a little lyrical accompaniment to your brekkie? Thanks Jack Johnson!

Winging it

Need a nibble to spice up your barbecue, or more realistically in this weather to scoff on the sofa while watching a good gory movie? We’ve go a perfect, fool-proof recipe for Salt & Chilli Chicken Wings for you. This little lot will make 12 wings, enough for two people but easily multiplies.

12 Chicken wings
2 tbsp Tomato ketchup
1 tsp Rice vinegar
2 tsp Fivespice powder
2 tsp Salt
3 Spring onions
1 Red chilli

Mix together the seasonings & sauces and use as a marinade for the chicken. Leave the meat to soak up the tasty goodness for at least half an hour. When ready, roughly chop the chilli and spring onions and mix with the chicken wings before cooking in a hot (gas mark 6-7) oven for around 30 minutes – enjoy!

Mini Meat Munchies

It’s nearly been a year since our 9 month baking project arrived and it seems that she, like us, loves her food. So far Mini Stovies has a preference for strong tastes, Vegemite, curry, pesto, paella, she’s even sampled frog’s legs! (whilst Mrs Stovies shuddered in disgust)

Now that we’re well and truly moving away from the days of purees we thought we’d start sharing our child friendly recipes with our readers too. Some of them are definite kid eats, but most of them are happy grown up eats too, like these meatballs. They’re great as finger foods for little ones (cut into semi spheres) or for grown ups serve as tapas with spicy salsa or douse in fresh tomato sauce and serve with pasta.

Ingredients:
500g good steak mince
1 large handful grated mozzarella (the hard type)
2 handfuls dried breadcrumbs
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp thyme
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Pepper
Salt (omit for children)

Mix everything together with your hands. Roll into little balls, about 1 inch wide works well, although smaller for mixing through pasta opt for a much smaller ball and knock 5-10 minutes off the baking time. Lay the meatballs out on an oiled baking tray and bake for 20 minutes at gas mark 5, covering with foil for the first half of the cooking time.

Simples!