Thursday, November 4, 2010

This Lonely Pear

If a red bowl (half full of soup, but that's a whole other philosophical matter) falls and shatters all over the place but there's no one (other than me of course) there to see/hear it, is it still broken? I sure hope so because otherwise I just spent a long time cleaning up nothing...

Other Pear is in the big city and I'm finding it hard to play the what do you wanna do for dinner game. It's no fun to play it alone because It ends too quickly. So here I am on this windy Thursday night, I just made a half recipe of my pizza dough and set the table for one but to tip my hat to Ev I'm adopting his method: only using what I've got at home.

Home Alone Pizza
(double amounts if feeding more than one)

3/4 cup warm water
1/2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cups Flour

Mix the yeast, water, and honey in a small bowl and let sit until it starts to bubble and froth. Add salt and olive oil and stir to mix. Add flour in thirds mixing with a wooden spoon. When the dough starts to form turn it out on a dry surface and use the rest of the flour (or more if needed) to knead for 5-10 minutes or until you have a smooth elastic ball that does not stick. Place in a greased bowl, turning to coat, cover, and let stand in a warm draft free place until doubled in bulk.

Preheat the oven to 550.

Punch down and roll out onto an oiled baking sheet/pizza stone. Perforate using a fork and brush with olive oil. If you are using pesto like I did, spread the pesto in a thin layer.

Arrange desired toppings and cheese evenly. I only used pesto, crushed garlic, ricotta, and pecorino. Bake until crisp and golden. Depending on your oven this will take 5-10 minutes, but the only sure way is to watch your pizza closely.


  1. Tell me about it.. My 'other half' has decided my half was not required anymore and I dont think I've really cooked anything proper since.. Food is about sharing, or thats how it feels.

    But life goes on and those kitchen door will be open again! Eventually :)

    Lovely pizza!

  2. Homemade pizza is such a treat. We're experimenting with various pizza dough recipes trying to find the one that will become your signature, go-to recipe. Glad you've found yours!

    Thanks for visiting Nooks & Cranberries, by the way. Hope you'll be back for more tasty recipes and writing tips!

  3. Žiupsnelis Druskos,
    Believe me, I know how difficult it is to cook without a loving audience, but I think we each need to learn how to recover with food, as well. I'm not at all claiming to have this skill myself, I tend to put off cooking too when my lover's gone but I think when it comes to food, we should learn to be committed to ourselves as well...