Happy Homemade Pizza

My husband likes pizza. But I mean, who doesn’t? Well… I don’t. At least not the kind of pizza we usually have. Bake from frozen pizza is okay for convenience, when I don’t have either time or when I couldn’t be bothered to start making things from scratch.

In Aldi, you can get 3 pieces of 8 inches magheritta pizza for just under £3, means just under £1 each. Sounds like a good deal? True. But man, when I look at the pizza base recipe in HERE, I thought… I’ve been robbed. And that frozen pizza isn’t even “that” nice.

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So… I decided to try to make my own pizza. From scratch. Mind you this is not the pizza base as you know it. It does not need proofing — the only reason why I was willing to try this recipe :p

Half of the recipe could make an 11 inches pizza. And that’s what I made. Not tomato and cheese standard pizza, I have sausage meat, mushroom, and extra mozzarella. Yum!

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Not only that, I could not only add and substitute ingredients as I like it, and making it more wholesome, I could also calculate the calories I am actually eating. If you are counting calories, making your own food is much better than buying a ready made things.

And it tastes MUCH better. Fresher, definitely. And much more satisfying. I can only eat two slices. That’s all.

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x ❤ x

The Quickest Way to My Man’s Heart…

Stomach.

Yeah.

Especially when I am experimenting with cakes.

I can feel that his love to me just quadrupled whenever he sees a dozen of cupcakes in the kitchen. Freshly baked cupcakes. Lucky for him, that I like baking more than I like eating them. As I said before, I do need to lose some pounds — and as we know already, cupcakes don’t help.

I have tried making green tea cupcakes before, but I didn’t decorate it with butter cream icing. Now, I do.

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Yes, I am still learning how to use pipes. I thought, if I want to participate in The Great British Bake Off, I would have to be able to master piping and decorating cakes. For now though… It looks a bit messy, but seriously I have tried my best to make it vaguely attractive. Not that I need to do it to attract my husband attention.

They’re cakes…

x ❤ x

Sweet Interlude

I don’t have sweet tooth, but my husband do. I think it is a great example of a mutual relationship between my husband and I. I like baking but couldn’t eat what I bake (or not too many of them), and my husband is just too happy to support my baking hobby. How wonderful is that?

So, I decided to bake chocolate cupcake. I have the ingredients ready, and the recipe from allrecipes.co.uk was incredibly easy to follow. The word “foolproof” from the maker of the recipe is quite telling.

I wasn’t sure about the batter though, because it looks really thick and doesn’t seem much. The recipe said it would make 24 cupcakes, but seriously… I had to scrape every last drop from the bowl to push 12. Maybe the original recipe owner was making mini cupcakes. I don’t know.

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Other thing that I learn this time is: piping. I suck at it, and I am not ashamed to admit it. My lack of knowledge about nozzles didn’t help at all.

However, I tried. And I think on my last cupcake, I could make up something that barely resemble a piece of pipe work. Tada…

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The verdict? Well it was soft, incredibly soft, and light. I am not sure whether it is supposed to be crumbly or spongy, but mine is quite crumbly. My husband loves it… obviously. The only thing that stopping him to eat more than two in a sitting is the icing — he found it quite rich. But seriously, what did he expect.

It’s chocolate.

x ❤ x

This Little Piggy… Met Lentils

Laugh all you want, but I… had never had lentils when I was in Indonesia. But Indonesia is in Asia and surely Asian people do know their lentils? No?

Apparently not.

At least not in Indonesia.

source: wikipedia

When I learned that lentil is one of the best diet food, I did my research. By research, I mean google search and asking my husband about it. My first question is: what does it taste like? Of course, it is not an easy question. Even until now — after I tasted it– I couldn’t really explain how it actually tastes.

My second question is: How do I cook it? My husband’s answer was: soup is tasty.

But I don’t want soup.

Yes, I agree that soup is nice. I like soup every now and then, but soup is not really what you call a main course, is it? You do pies, roasties, bento, etc… meal. But somehow I never consider soup as main course. So, forget soup, I googled again on how to cook lentils.

Of course after I have secretly bought a bag of lentils at the newly opened Asian supermarket at Anglia Square. And I found that lentil and rice bake is quite a popular dish among people who want to cook cheap and healthy food. So, I tried.

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We liked it.

My version of rice and lentil bake: lentil and rice bake with sausage, courgette, tomato and cheese 🙂

Flavourful, hearty, and nutritious. And we couldn’t get enough of it.

x<3 x

 

This Little Piggy Is Learning British Food

Few years ago I had a job as a content manager for one of a culinary websites in Indonesia. The start up website did not take off, but I discovered a whole new world of food and cooking. And I love it.

Food has been a part of our culture in Indonesia. Simple thing is, if you greet someone for a meeting the first thing you said after a hello is: have you eaten anything? How weird is that?

When I moved to the UK, I thought British food is just chips and full english (fry up!!). Full English Breakfast is good. I love it. My husband loves it. We even had it for last bank holiday weekend. It’s just… you can’t have it everyday (Or can you….?)

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My husband likes to have two of everything. The plate is not big enough for two spoonful of baked beans. Mine? I’d like to have half what he has… *shudder*

But after meeting my father in law and his wife, I realised that British food is more than fry ups. They also have Sunday roast and pies. I also learned that there’s a reason why The Great British Bake Off is such a biggie… because British desserts are just so heavenly. So I thought, of course the best way to learn how to BE British, is to EAT like a Brits.

I started to cook and bake… My husband never complained, obviously.

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Pie and Mash was such a success

Some food like meat pie, mash potato or apple crumble are quite obviously British. But I am not sure where quiche is from (it sounds French but it’s basically egg pie, isn’t it?)

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Vegetable quiche — “Where are the meats?” protested my husband

And blueberries… I don’t know that blueberries were not native to this country. But I love blueberries, don’t you?

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Blueberry Pie — It was big but gone in two days…

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Apple Crumble — quick family favourite… Gone faster than the prep and cooking time -_-

Wait… so British food is actually fry ups and pies?

This Little Piggy Took On A Strawberry Challenge

What is a Strawberry Challenge, you would ask me. Well, my friends… when you are bored like me, you would start making challenges for yourself just to make sure that your day goes a little bit more exciting than the day before.

My husband and I were off to our local corner shop because we needed bread and milk. As usual, we never managed to go and get ONLY the stuff that we needed. I saw strawberries on offer, and priced 56p a punnet. I investigated and quietly poked some berries from outside the plastic packaging, they were still firm and looked fresh. I took two boxes, and got a nod of agreement from my husband.

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Found a super bargain from a local corner shop, 56p a punnet.

The next day, I just realised that we ended up with almost a kilogram of strawberry. I decided that none of these beautiful ruby red bunch of sweetness should not go to waste. I thought, it would be a good idea to think about it while having my breakfast.

Of course I had strawberries for breakfast.

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strawberries, greek yogurt, rolled oat, mixed seed (sunflower, pumpkin, and pinenuts), with drizzles of honey

I washed and drained the strawberries to see how many of them were about to go off, and surprisingly there weren’t too many. But I separated the very ripe ones and made a really nice strawberry jam with it. Not much, because I don’t have a proper jam jar, so I just put it in a pot and refrigerate it. My husband loves jam, so I don’t think it would last long there.

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Fresh and tasty strawberry jam. Bet you a fiver it will be finished in 3 days.

But we still have plenty of strawberries, so I googled some recipes on the net, and saw one which I could easily do with the ingredients I have at home. I always believe that the best homemade food is one that involves the least ingredients and the most creativity.

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Strawberry Tart. There’s no need to explain how heavenly good this is…

I don’t usually like fruit tart. The idea of cooked fruit is not really appealing for me. But this one was really good. Not only that I know that I have used the fresh strawberry, but also knowing that the whole process was hygienic. My husband could not get his hands off this tasty treat.

And This Little Piggy Is Experimenting With Banana

Banana is one of the most versatile ingredients. At least that’s what I think. It is delicious as it is, or with yogurt and a spoonful of honey. It is tasty when it’s cold (banana split), so is when it’s hot (grilled banana with chocolate sauce). Eat it as banana muffin, or drink it as banana smoothie. 

We love our banana. 

That’s when I thought, it would be awesome to make banana balls with our ripe bananas. 

And…

tadaa…