On Sunday afternoon I found myself inviting some friends for dinner and then realizing there was nothing in the house…Not a very clever move on a Sunday, but I got all excited about seeing them and hanging out on the terrace so I didn’t think straight. But even the emptiest cupboards (and freezer) can unearth the makings of a meal, all that is needed is some creativity 🙂 Ok, not much to be creative with, but pizza is always possible, everybody loves pizza so I made pizza.
Pizza dough; I have been experimenting with different variations and have found the ultimate one; Quick, easy, cheap and delicious. You really get that crispy crust feel. Earlier variations I tried always turned soggy and I hate that, besides they were much more time-consuming. This recipe is done in max 30 min from start to finish.
- 2.5 dl liquid, I use milk – whole milk, hate that crappy manipulated low-fat stuff.
- 5 dl flour, any flour. I used whole wheat because that’s what I had. + flour for working the dough.
- 1 tbsp veg. oil (I use olive-oil because I love the taste)
- 1 tsp salt
- HOW TO: Mix all the ingredients together till you have a nice dough that doesn’t stick, Cut into 10 pieces and roll into balls. On a well-floured worktop, use a rolling-pin and make flat round breads, the thinner, the better. You need quite a bit of flour for this work. Pile the flat breads on a board and when all are done, fry them in dry frying pans (no fat needed here) for a couple of minutes on each side. You might have to experiment a bit with the heat, if it’s too high the flour will burn. Put them on a rack to cool. These flat breads are brilliant. They freeze well, thaw quickly and can be used for wraps, tortilla, sandwiches…whatever your creativity calls for.
Tomato sauce: I always have tomato sauce in the freezer, I make big batches, it freezes really well and can be used with most anything. If you don’t have home-made tomato sauce, don’t fret, you can get it out of a tin; either you get the smooth strained tomato puré or you start out with tomato-pieces and then whizz them with a machine (mixer) to a nice smooth sauce. Home made tomato sauce made simple:
- 2-3 cans of good quality cherry tomatoes, peeled. (Or use fresh peeled tomatoes)
- Stick celery about 15 cm in pieces.
- Half an onion.
- HOW TO: Fry onion and celery till soft-ish in olive-oil, add tomatoes and let simmer for about 2 hours. Blend it with a mixer, add salt, pepper and whatever other spices you might like.
- For the pizza; mix in some olive oil and fresh (or dried) oregano into the cold tomato sauce, add salt, pepper (and spices) as needed or wanted.
Cheese: Very important (for me), you need that melted tasty yummy feel to the pizza, you know when the cheese turns into long strands like spaghetti. Again, this is something I always have in the freezer; shredded cheese. It’s a great way to use up all those boring end-bits that nobody wants to eat. If you have kids, you’re going to end up with loads of them; shred ’em and freeze ’em.
Topping: You can use anything you like, except potatoes. I tried that once and it was awful. Just take whatever bits and pieces you have, cut it up and lay it on there; onions, veggies, meats, cheeses…whatever. It is like the great fridge-cleaning session made delicious 🙂 You know, the stuff that would never ever be enough for a meal, not even for somebody very small and not hungry.
For this event I had some good bacon, some nice italian salami, peas and onion, so that’s what I used. Bake in oven on 250-300 degrees Celsius or in a wood-stove or on the BBQ. Whatever takes your fancy. Before serving I topped off with freshly chopped parsley and oregano from the garden. This is fast food made slow. By having the stuff in the freezer it is even made fast. Vegetarian? cut the meat. Gluten free? no problem. No dairy? skip the dairy-bits. This is a very healthy meal.
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Truth number one: EAT CLEAN. This means:
- Cook from raw materials (saves you a ton of money 🙂 )
- Don’t eat prefabricated stuff
- Stay away from anything that is not natural; fake sugars, weird taste-enhancers, low-fat and/or manipulated dairy-products (milk that lasts forever…), margarine, manipulated vegetable oil (usually called cooking or frying oil).
- Avoid sugary and fizzy drinks
- Don’t eat anything that has a number or a coded name; if you can’t read it, don’t eat it.
- Be careful with your intake of sugars and salt.
- DO eat; protein, carbohydrates and fat…Real fat, like vegetable oils, butter and cream (if you do dairy).
I have found that when I eat the way my body dictates I am fine. I need to be careful with too much carbs such as flour, bread and pasta and I don’t handle sugar well. I can’t eat many little meals in a day and I need 1-2 days/week without food to stay in balance. For the rest, I’m good. Listening to your body is do-able if your basic diet is clean (see above). If not, you are a food-junkie and your body will be crying for sugars, carbs, manipulated fats and weird taste-enhancers. Then you can’t trust your body so start by cleaning up. An excellent (and easy) way to do that is with the ELIMINATION DIET from Dax Moy. It is free and you can find it HERE. (and you won’t have to be hungry or calory-count) Trust me, I did it. That’s how I found out that I can’t handle carbs. (While you’re at it, check out Dax Moy’s blog)
Now to the amazing research that has come up: If you fast 2 days/week you get healthier! You lose weight, your “bad” cholesterol goes down as does glucose. And here is the bonus: Your brain stays fitter and produces new brain cells continuously which lowers risks for dementia and Alzheimer’s. Your body actually stays “younger” and healthier, reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Check out the research of Luigi Fontana, Valter Longo and Krista Varady Personally I don’t agree with Krista Varaday about eating any crap on “feed-days”, I think you do your body a dis-favour. The basic of all eating is keeping it clean and natural.
My conclusion? Going back to the times of our origins: Food was not always easy to come by and I truly think we are biological creatures, little changed physically from those ancient times. We are not made to constantly eat, nor are we made to deal with refined sugars or to eat meat every day or even every 2nd or 3rd day, it is a “sometimes-boost”. Our bodies like carbs in the form of nuts and grains. I also believe that we all have different rhythms, needs and patterns. I am not saying that my way is the right way for everybody, just that it works for me. And that makes me believe that if you find what works for you, you will be healthier and stronger as well. And remember; whatever food habits you have are probably set already from childhood, so if you are a parent, pay attention to what you feed your kids.
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Times are hard for many people as global economy topples and there is not so much we can do about it. People lose money, jobs and homes…All due to economy, and frugality becomes the name of the game. The same goes for when we want something that entails money; we need to get that money, or not spend it.
For the last 20 years it has seemed to me like people are under the impression that everyone can be a millionaire and that is how it should be…Seriously? Of course it all crashes. Problem is that along with this notion came extreme expenditures and nobody saved for a rainy day, now many don’t know how. And while weeping over a lost car, backs are turned on opportunities.
Cleaning up your food will save you loads of money; start cooking. Smaller car maybe? Smaller house? Only on these 3 points, you can save a fortune. Interestingly enough, when you start cutting your expenditure you also start living a healthier and more sustainable life.