Thursday, April 28, 2011

Books about pizza oven: with warranty ! :)

Here is a book about building your own pizza oven.

It gives your a warranty :)

Click Here!

How to cook a pouched egg in microwave (without, hopefully, blowing it)

Pouched eggs are yammy, but a bit tricky to make. Egg and microwave oven does not mix : this is a well known. But there are a trick from molecular gastronomy: just add water and PUNCH HOLE IN EGG YOLK (this is very important, otherwise egg will still EXPLODE!). It did not blow for me with just 2 holes made with skewer and took 1 min 30 seconds to cook.

It may still be DANGEROUS! I personally do not trust microwave oven.

This is a finished product. It tasted good with pesto sauce!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking. Yeah, right, but does it include PIZZA?!

Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking [Hardcover] is HUGE

I would like to get it.

Post in Wired looked amazing.

But there are some foods, that are classical. Example: pizza. I am not sure it can be done better with modernist tools. :) Pizza oven is high tech enough and when you switch from wood to gas, you loose. You gain in speed and convinces, but taste is not as good.

What do you think?

Saturday, April 23, 2011

How to make a REAL Humus salad/spread ... but not that quick

OK, so if you have time and want to be genune, you need to start in advance.

Get a dry hummus beans. You can find these beans (as any other beans) for really cheap.

Wash and soak for several hours.

Cook with a lot of water till you can eat/ smash.

Be careful: when you boil beans they can foam up.

Once it done and all is cooled down to nice warm, you just do as described in my previous post about fake humus, but use a real beans.

You can use some of that humus water if your humus is too dry (scoop some when you add beans to blender: of course, only this one will do! 

If your humus is too dry , just scoop some more water and add to blender.

This one can be really tasty and so much cheaper than humus you can find in store :)

Dress as you like and enjoy with warm pitta bread!

Bon Appetite!

How to make a fake Humus really quick!

OK, so when humus from store just does not cut (too much of this sour chemicals they dump in it or what not) a quick humus come to the rescue.

All you need is stock up on a Garbanzo Beans from Costco and have it in your pantry :)

Prepared humus is not suppose to store long, even in refrigerator and if it does survive, there is indication that it is not alive (and dangerous!) or plane not very tasty.

Here are a secret Ingredients:

1) Canned Garbanzo Beans (Humus beans!)

2) Lemon juice (fresh or from bottle)
3) Olive oil (use organic virgin first cold press if you can)
4) Garlic

5) Sea salt

6) ... and hard to get Tahini paste (stock up on this one too!)

You open the can, discard juice and use your power blender. Making humus is hard and my life was too, till I got this wonderful machine. I can not recommend it HIGH ENOUGH. It is THAT good!

Now, for one can of beans you need about two table spoons of tahini or more if you like, it may be salted so you do not need to add much salt. Add garlic (if you like) and other ingredients per you taste: experiment till you find proportions you love best: after all this is just a salad. Just try not to put too much salt, garlic or lemon juice :)

The end result should look like this: dress it with olive oil, paprika, petrozilia or pine nuts or even some humus beans and lemon juice: what every you like and scoop it with a fresh pitta bread!

It can be dome really quick in 10-15 minutes for a dinner.

Enjoy, bon appetite!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

How to cook pizza rolls (joke)

Have no idea what it is, but it is funny :-)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

First pizza of 2011 season


Oven was so wet but with 5 rounds of dry wood we managed to bake a test run!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Creame cheese Rugalah with rubbery Jam are done!

Rugalah pizza

This is how you turn pizza to rugalah :-)

Rugalah with yeast dough

This is a more traditional version: you make a yeast dough : flour, yeast, eggs, milk , sugar and do as below :-)

How to make Rugalah?

Rugalah is traditional Jewish curason-like pastry made from cookie dough: flour, butter and in our case : cream cheese! After you made a butter dough, you need to chill it in refrigerator and roll pizza out of balls.

You cover pizza with chocolate spread or just jam as bellow and cut it with pizza cutter :-)

You roll pizza slices starting from fat end :-) and end up with some thing that looks like bellow.

Now bake till ready: 375F for 15-20 minutes.


Friday, April 8, 2011

Weather is getting better, pizza party is soon!

Spring is rolling up, get ready!

Backyard cleaning is in process, I need dry wood and hopefully, we will have a wonderful party soon.

As usual, do reservations if you want to come (16 April or 24 April - when weather will allow it) :)