Onion, Chicken and Cheese Pizza

No special story for this one…just thought I’d try making Pizza at home…from scratch…as in preparing the dough and all. Frankly, it wasn’t that tough…pretty straight forward. The best pizza place in town is Pizza Express. Luckily for us, it’s just 5 min walk from home 😀 We absolutely love going there after a movie, after a walk or just like that…for no reason at all 😀

So here goes the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Quantity Basic Pizza Dough*
  • Plain Flour for dusting
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil, for oiling

Topping:

  • Olive Oil – 2 Tbsp
  • Onions (sliced into rings) – 250 gm
  • Garlic Cloves (crushed) – 2
  • Red Pepper (deseeded and diced) – 1
  • Chicken – 100 gm
  • Mozzarella Cheese (sliced) – 100 gm
  • Tomato Puree – 1/2 a tin or can be made at home by using 2 medium-sized tomatoes
  • Jalapeno Peppers – 2 Tbsp
  • Rosemary springs for garnishing

*To Make Pizza Dough:

(makes 1×25-cm/10-inch pizza)

Ingredients:

  • Plain Flour, plus extra for dusting
  • salt – 1 tsp
  • easy-blend dried yeast – 1 tsp
  • warm water – 6 tbsp
  • olive oil – 1 tbsp

Method:

  • Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl and add the yeast. Pour in the water and mix the dough. Finish off with olive oil. Knead for about 5 minutes, then leave in the bowl until double in size. Covering the bowl loosely with cling film helps.
  • Knock out the air from the dough after then knead lightly.
  • Roll out on a floured work surface, ready to use

Toppings for Pizza:

  • Using a rolling-pin, roll out the dough to form a square shape, then place it on an oiled baking tray, pushing out to the edges until even. The dough should be no more than 1/4 inch thick because it will rise during baking
  • To make the topping, heat the olive oil in a heavy-based pan over a low heat. Add garlic, red pepper and chicken pieces and fry for a couple of minutes (chicken does not have be completely cooked as it will baked later)
  • Spread the tomato purée over the pizza dough, then spread the chicken and pepper topping evenly over the pizza base. Finish off with onions, mozzarella and rosemary.
  • Bake in a preheated oven, 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6, for 20-25 minutes. Serve the pizza hot!

Njoy!!

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How to Make Strawberry & Raspberry Jam

My very dear friend R made some Blackcurrant jam a while ago. We recently ran out so I decided to make some of my own. It is very easy and everyone can make some. I decided to make some Strawberry & Raspberry Jam. Strawberries were bought from a local super market and I had some frozen Raspberries.

Ingredients:

  • Strawberries (coarsely chopped) – 1 Mug (A Coffee Mug)
  • Raspberries (coarsely chopped) – 3/4 Mug
  • Sugar – 1 Mug (add more if necessary)
  • Lemon Juice – 2 Tbsps

Method:

  • Add the finely chopped Strawberries and Raspberries to a non-stick pan and mix for few minutes.
  • Now add the lemon juice and sugar and mix well.
  • Keep mixing on medium flame until the berries become soft and bubbles start appearing.
  • Now reduce the flame and keep mixing, making sure the mixture hasn’t hardened.
  • Once the mixture reaches the consistency of Jam, turn off the flame and let it cool for a bit. Do not over cook the mixture. Try to keep it mildly liquidy as it will solidify when left out to cool.
  • Transfer it to a clean air-tight bottle.

Tips:

  • Do not let the berries boil until the mixture becomes hard. It has to be loose and you should be able to easily transfer it to a bottle. If it does turn out hard, just heat the jam a little bit before using.

(OK..before you think I took a picture of some ready-made jam…let me tell you that I did not have any fancy jam bottles so had to re-use with an old one 😦