a dreary day yesterday - hanging out for spring! i reckon that one of last night's pizzas was a brilliant innovation, if i do say so myself. it needs some fine-tuning, but ....
i used our regular home-made pizza base (bread machine - 200 ml warm water, 2.5 cups bread flour, 1 3/4 tsp yeast - makes 2 thin pizza bases.) tomato base plus tsp pesto, some grated mozarella. using a pizza stone makes all the difference, and they don't cost much.
the topping consisted of sliced, baked french shallots, slices of atlantic salmon, mexican tomatillos (you buy them canned...), baked1/2 cherry tomatoes with basil, slices of grilled capsicum, and a bit of grated gruyere cheese. on the cooked pizza I put avocado slices and sour cream on each slice of fish and splashed mexican chilli sauce over the top. i could have added some lime juice and fresh coriander... next time...
i sometimes buy local prawns cheap on a friday, put some on saturday pizza and then cook up the rest on sunday. tonight i tried the excellent prawn and tomato omelette from kylie kwong's "recipes and stories". i didnt quite get it right (overcooking omelette while trying to cook prawns).
the omelette has a fantastic sauce - saute 1 tbspn julienned ginger, 1 tsp sea salt, 1 large tomato cut into wedges (cook 2 mins), add 2 tbspn shao hsin rice wine (or sherry) and 1 tbspn white sugar (cook 1 min), then 1/2 cup chicken stock, 1 tbspn light soy sauce (cook 2 mins), then add 1 tsp black vinegar (or brown...) and 1/2 tsp sesame oil.
the omelette consists of 5-6 eggs. i didnt have the suggested ingredients so i added julienned zucchini, chopped french shallots, chopped baby spinach. in another pan I cooked the prawns and a bit of atlantic salmon. the recipe also said chinese cheong sausage - instead i used the leftover pizza toppings - chopped chicken, chorizo sausage and some kanmantoo bacon).
omlette and prawns/fish/sausage/chicken/bacon with tomato sauce on top. stunning.
GOT GET KYLIE'S COOKBOOKS! what she does with flavours is remarkable.
this afternoon i had the privilege of attending the ordinations of kynan brookes, marty rosenberg and ernest sorensen, all of whom i've known for various lengths of time. a great service and i was deeply moved by their gift of service to the church.