Thursday, 29 September 2011

Make Pizza, Make fun, Make Happy!

Making Pizza is a deffo mood lifter so brighten your day by making a pizza. Try having a family competition on the funniest pizza face. One Halloween me and my friends all made our own pizza, we had a pumpkin shape, a scary face, a cat and a pal even made a "scary mickey mouse" - she had heard a scary rhyme about him... So have fun!

Today I did a pizza making workshop at pizza express but you can make pizza at home using my simple steps!

Pile it on for a hearty pizza

Ingredients for a basic pizza dough

  • 350g strong white plain flour
  • 7g easy blend yeast sachet
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 225ml (8 fl oz) milk (or water)
Using this amount of dough, you can make 3 pizza bases – either 12-inch thin crust or 8-inch deep-dish or thereabouts – you might have different size trays and maybe only get 2 pizza bases. Divide the dough into 3 roughly equal amounts and using a rolling pin on a floured surface, roll to roughly the same size as the pizza trays that you are using.

Say you are making 2 x 8-inch deep-dish pizza bases and 1 x 12-inch thin crust pizza base. This is enough dough to feed a family of 4 – 2 adults and 2 small children. 
don't like pizza make creative cheezey garlic bread instead!

Oil the trays a little
preheat oven to 210 degrees 

Sauce recipe

  • 1 400g tin of tomatoes
  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • a little chopped onion
  • tomato puree
  • mixed herbs
(its nicer than ready made!)

Spread evenly. Now for the fun but any toppings you like from peppers, ham, sweetcorn, pineapple, mushrooms to the more unusual olives, Caper buds and goats cheese. When you have topped the pizza go mad with as much mozzarella and cheddar as you like!

Pop the pizzas in oven on the top shelf for 8-10 minutes thin crust and 12-15 thick crust. REMEMBER TO KEEP CHECKING AS OVENS VARY. 


Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Blissful Chocolate cake recipe

Hi everybody so.. as you know, I LOVE TO BAKE! So at my granny's birthday recently I decided to make a light chocolate sponge with creamy, rich chocolate frosting. I did not have much in the house and I was not serving many people but the cake lasted ages! Enjoy my recipe for delightful chocolate cake!

For the cake....
225g/8oz butter or margarine
225g/8oz caster sugar
4 eggs beaten
225g/8oz self raising flour
Pinch of salt
3 15ml spoons/3 tbs warm water 

for the frosting....
4oz unsalted butter, at room temperature
4oz powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4oz cocoa powder
add milk if needed

Cream the butter/margarine with the sugar until light and fluffy, and then slowly beat in the eggs. Sift the flour and salt together and fold gently into the egg mixture. Sufficient warm water can be added to make the mixture just drop from a spoon.

Then grease and paper 2 sandwich cake cases before splitting the mixture between them.
Bake in the centre of the oven at Gas 5, 190 deg C, 375 deg F until golden and risen. When cooked, turm out of the tins and leave to cool completely on a wire rack.

Now whip up the icing ingredients with an electric blender until light and fluffy. 
When the cake is cooled, sandwich the sponges together with half of the icing then use the spare icing on the top.

Decorate with grated chocolate,unwrapped roses and celebrations and Malteasers.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Jeans, Summer wear?

My next few posts will be about jeans, I have fallen in love with coloured skinnys so they will feature not to forget my boyfriend cut jeans.

This post is about jeans as summer wear so I teamed my jeans and my crop tops together!
Here I have teamed my boyfriend jeans with this  brown shirt

Here I have joined my blue skinnys with this blue tie-top.

This cardigan doubles as a shirt!

This floral top looks great with emerald skinnys

Jeans really can rock it as summerwear!

Thursday, 22 September 2011

My sisters lovely wedding

My sister Nic @ has just got married at the lovely Featherstone castle here are some lovely pictures...