So here we go – there are a few SMALL things we have been working on this year – LIKE A WHOLE NEW WEBSITE AND ONLINE SHOP!!! It has been crazy, but in order to get things just right and make sure that I am setting up the business to grow slowly and steadily in the next few years, I have pulled back on a few of my Julilah commitments – like the blog… and sewing… and painting…
I know it seems a bit crazy, to cut back on your business output and from making the products that you are meant to be selling, but I believe that if you are trying to set your business up for longevity, that sometimes the wisest choice is to sit back and work out exactly how the business would work best when it is both small and beginning, and in the future. So that is what the last few months have been about. Grounding the business and making some changes and some choices that will help out in the future.
Having said that, I have still been writing a few blogs here and there which I will start to put up as the weeks roll on and Julilah starts to open its doors again.
One of them I wrote today though: ABOUT THE WORLD’S BEST ADAPTABLE PIZZA DOUGH and I am just too impatient to not share it now.
So, you know there are those nights when your kids just look at you and ask you for take away, and deep down in your heart you just want to scream “yes! yes! give me the easiest, quickest, cheapest, fattiest, grossest take away meal you can find and I will buy it for you, because I can not be bothered to even open the fridge and think about how I am going to make you eat a meal tonight!”.
THAT was me tonight! My husband had returned to evening shifts after a few days off and I have not yet recovered from some dental surgery I had the other day… [You know that pain you have in your face when you have had a brilliant day/night with friends and you have spent so much time laughing and smiling that your cheeks literally hurt from being happy – I don’t feel anywhere NEAR that good!]… So when, on the way home from school I asked Miss7 what she wanted for dinner and she screamed “pizza!” I just thought to myself “How enticing would that be? Pizza! I could even get it delivered and I could curl up on the couch, take my pain killers and put on a DVD” but then the big MG kicked in (no, not MG THE CAR! the BIG MG! NO! THE BIG BIIIIGGG MMG! Mega-Mother-Guilt). My kids have been grumpy all week, tired, lacking contact, and listening to their mother whinge about her teeth. The poor things have had enough, and I don’t blame them. I decided even if I didn’t feel like it, it was time to take a step up and remember that tonight Take Away will NOT cure what ails me.
So I decided to compromise – easy, healthy pizza.
Generally, when we have home made pizza and I don’t have time to prove a dough and faff about with yeast I normally just head straight for this recipe. It doesn’t even need bread flour, and I generally just adapt it to what I want.
But tonight, I wanted a bit more from my normal pizza dough. My kids (for all their amazing eating habits – how many kids do you know that will down three bowls of laksa with chilli chicken without barely blinking and eye lid) just like plain old pizzas. “Ham, Bacon and Cheese please mum! Maybe a few olives and some salami if we have any!”. Even onion on pizza is a no-no (well onion in anything is a no-no in this house though it would seem). So I got a bit adventurous. Less wheat, Lower GI, Less Fat, More Nurtrients… THAT’S what I wanted from my pizza dough tonight.
Here’s what I came up with and it was DELICIOUS!
WHATEVER YOU WANT PIZZA BASE
1&1/2 Cups of Flour (Plain or Self Raising or any combination of Coconut/Atta/Wholemeal/Rice Flour)
1 Zucchini (Peeled and then grated)
1 Clove of Garlic (grated finely)
1 Tbsp of Coconut Oil
1/2 Cup of Grated Cheese (loosely Packed)
1 Whole egg
a pinch of salt
and about 1/2-3/4Cup of Warm Water (or however much you need to make your dough go like a scone dough).
Put all of the ingredients (except for egg and water into a bowl) and stir it around with a knife. Add in half of the water and the egg and again mix it with a knife to sort of cut the liquid through the dry ingredients (this is how my Mum showed me to make scones without needing to rub in the butter and it avoids the dough being over worked). When that is all pretty well mixed keep adding warm water slowly, until your dough is only slightly sticky and looks almost precisely like a lumpy scone mix.
Take the dough out of the bowl and put it on a floured surface. Kneed it together just slightly and then rip the dough into two equal sized portions. Roll each into circles until they are quite thin, maybe .5cm and place each pizza base on an individual pizza tray. Bake in a preheated oven at 180oC for about 6-8 minutes or until slightly brown.
Bring the trays out and top with favourite pizza toppings and then return to the oven to bake for a further 8 minutes until the top of the pizza looks done.
Perfecto! Slightly healthier pizza dough for you!
AND IT WAS DELICIOUS!