My dream is pure fantasy of course as I don't have the facilities to embark on such a massive enterprise... but maybe some day (wistful sigh).... For now I am content to cook for my family and friends (another wistful sigh).
Pizza Night starts with many hours of prep, it is not the most speedy family dinner but for every hour spent on preparation several more come back in appreciation. I have started to develop some techniques to reduce the workload. I let my fridge do the work when it comes to maturing my dough.I pre-make the dough and give it a long ferment. This builds flavour and develops texture. A day before I make a raw tomato sauce and again let the fridge do the work. I let the tomatoes marinate with garlic that I can remove just before saucing- the oven will cook the sauce as the Pizza is baked. Most other things can be done the day of and don't require lengthy preps.
- at least two days before dough is made.
- one day before sauce is made.
- and if I am inclined onions caramelized.
- 8:30 am Dough is set out to wake up. I have two different ones that I m trying.
- 11 am Take the babies to play group to get "their wiggles out".
- 12.42 pm Get home, check dough. The re-calibrated dough is rising faster than the first dough. Both have the same amount of yeast but different quantities of whole wheat flour.
- 1 pm Feed babies, clean the kitchen.
- 1:45 pm Onions in the oven to caramelize- no more standing over the stove keeping a watchful eye. Speaking of eye(s), give mine a rest. I have seen some pretty sweet onion goggles, I may have to invest in a pair. I am crying.
- 3:25 pm Check the doughs- the re-calibrated dough is in the lead (I think of them as racing, very slowly).
- 4:25 pm Onions done, husband takes over making the Hummus. Dips, dressings and bread cut.
- 5 pm Clean kitchen.
- 6 pm First guest arrives and then all hell breaks loose and suddenly what I thought was so organized spirals out of control into full on madness. The mulled wine and extra bottles of red wine may have helped with that.
Photos by me.
*Disclaimer: My husband and spell checker thought it was best that I clarify that the word Harth is not a real word. Though others have used it in both Hearth and Heart's stead it is not in the english oxford dictionary. I liked it and it aptly describes what I want to say as it combines both concepts of Hearth and Heart- besides language is constantly in flux and some times rules are meant to be broken or pushed.