Sunday, 25 November 2007

Little Foodies Italy

We used this recipe for a dough that didn't need to proof / prove - whatever! Although a very tasty dough it didn't cook in the same way that our normal choice of dough does so not sure we'd use it again. We topped with passata, mozzarella, onion, mushrooms, olives and pepperoni.

Those celebrity people in the jungle have nothing on us. To say that artistic temperament came out in all of us while making pizza would be an understatement. Six year old stormed off in tears. Three year old shouted that parents were very wrong. Mummy shouted that this was supposed to be enjoyable. Daddy shouted what was all the fuss about and whose GREAT idea was it to all make pizza together. We've made pizza before several times, had lots of fun and no problems. Who knows what was different about today.

Anglo-Italian Lamb Stew with a Moroccan hit
(a slow cooked jumble in an earthenware bowl)
1lb of diced lamb (about 1.5/2 cm cubes)
1 red onion, peeled and cut diced
1 large carrot, cut however you like
Handful of cherry tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic, skin left on
Spoonful of dried oregano
Mug full of red wine - Chianti would be good - it was a large mug
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons of Worcester Sauce for the British hit
Tablespoon of Harissa for the Moroccan hit

Gently brown the lamb in the olive oil, add the onions and garlic cloves, continue to cook for a couple of minutes. Add the red wine, worcester sauce, herbs and harissa. Pour this into an ovenproof earthenware bowl, add the tomatoes and carrots or any other veg you want to add and cook on a low heat (about 150C) in the oven for about 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

The tomatoes were really good!

Lentils and Sausage.... well that was the plan but brunch was on the agends today and with snaggers in the fridge we could hardly not use them. Lentils and sausage another day perhaps.


Baking Soda said...

Jumble! That's the word to love!

I can so imagine how your kitchen must have sounded like... been there, done that and no thanks to the t-shirt, haven't left that station yet! (Especially the "this should be fun!" exasperation)

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Yes, jumble. Sometimes the chemistry works and other times, just let it go.
The pizza looks lovely!

Aimée said...

"Snaggers?" What are these, if you please? :)

Marie said...

Yummy looking things again Amanda! I am not sure I'd like that pizza crust either having taken a look at the recipe. You should have tried mine out. It is fantabulous if I don't say so myself!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Those little hands making pizza is the most adorable thing ever, Amanda!

Meeta said...

Oh Amanda! I wish I could hug you - I had the same kind of Saturday with Soeren we were just baling cookies - well towards the end it all was tears and shouting but the cookies turned out well LOL!

These are the things that one can sit down after a few days maybe a few weeks and many drinks and still smile at the prospect of what could have been and so we try again.

Caffienated Cowgirl said... know how I love the homemade stuff! The stew looks fabulous...

Asha said...

Kids do have fun creating those Pizzas, don't they?:))
Stew looks yum.

Anonymous said...

afternoon, we both must have been thinking lamb, delicious. The pizza looks good and little certainly has the knack for putting on the tomato.
love Mxx

Deborah said...

Homemade pizza is so wonderful!! And I'm always looking for a good crust recipe that doesn't have to proof!

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Hi Karen, Aarrghh! Please don't tell me you haven't left the station left. I've been kidding myself that they'll get to a certain age and all will be calm and harmonious! tee hee!

Hi Tanna, the pizza looked better than it tasted. The dough just wasn't right.

Hi Aimee, Snaggers are sausages. ;)

Hi Marie, I'll check yours the next time we make pizza dough.

Hi Patricia, you possibly wouldn't have said that if you'd been here.

Hi Meeta, weird huh? There was no full moon!

Hi CC, I do indeed. Have you resumed your Friday pizza night since moving?

Hi Asha, well, they should do... The stew was delicious, seriously good. I'm so modest!

Hi Mum, Could have done with your help. You could have refereed.

Hi Deborah, Not sure this is the right one. Maybe it was just how we made it.

Thank you for all of your comments.
Amanda x said...

The pizza looked delicious - sorry it ended in tears though. That sometimes happens to us making pasta - it's something to do with the phase of the moon, I'm sure! The stew looks delicious too, having read the World Food Café cookbook the North-African dishes really draw me now. I'd love to live over a bazaar somewhere!

Jann said...

The pizza looks so good-and a little helper there to assist you! Lamb in the stew, oh, that must have tasted delicious.Perfect for this time of year~I love soups and stews when it is chilly outside!

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Hi Tash, Glad we're not the only ones. I bought that book after you suggested it. Lots of lovely recipes that we're going to try. Thank you

Hi Jann, Being from the North East originally where it used to be much colder in Winter. I think of stews and soups as the ultimate comfort food.


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