In one of my earlier posts, I remember talking about how all of us, look forward ‘to really living it up’ over the weekend. Those TWO days where we feel like a little kid in Disney World. Every week, like most people my age, who are caught up in between being a ‘professional’ and well, being themselves, I plan to make the most of the weekend by making a hundred plans. Going to my favorite pub for a beer, helping with errands at home, meeting friends, SLEEPING, eating some great food, are always a part of the list. This Saturday, my friends and I did something special. What started out as a ‘hey, lets meet for lunch’ plan, ended being an afternoon we can never forget. You know why? We cooked!
Cooking together is sort of not that common anymore. Now, you would rather meet for a nice meal at a good restaurant instead. I remember as a kid, my family (my dad, mom, brother and I), all of us in the kitchen cooking. The joy, the fun, the happiness of creating something and sitting together and eating was beautiful. On Saturday afternoon, I experienced the same happiness with my closest friends (family) when we cooked the most exquisite meal for us. When we were done, we all experienced a sense of accomplishment, love and we basically couldn’t stop admiring us. Also, I have to say, it was probably better than any of the food, I have eaten at any restaurant.
Siddhartha- The boss
Nisha- Sangria queen/pizza topping queen
Vineet- Perfect pizza base maker
Arjun- the chopper
Janhavi- The girl who ate and helped clean up
Satyajeet- The guy who clicked the pictures while we all worked and played on his phone!
And me- the life of the party 😛
Everything was made from scratch. We made pizzas, salad, bruschetta and Sangria! It took us three hours to prepare all of it and we had a blast. Only made sense to document of all it and put this on my blog. Hopefully, after you read this post, you and your friends or family, would want to cook together!
What’s Italian food without some good wine? Nisha and I are obsessed with Sangria, yummy citrusy fruit with red wine, come on, what is more beautiful!? So we used that Red Merlot wine to good use 🙂
- One bottle of Red Merlot
- One finely diced apple
- One orange- cut one half in to thin wedges and squeeze the juice of the other half
- Three table spoons of lemon juice.
Method- Mix it all up!
Salad A la Tootoo
- Olives ¼ cup halved
- Gherkins ¼ cup sliced
- Lettuce 250gms
- Roast chicken pieces 150gms
- 3 slices of Pork Ham squared
- 3 Tomatoes diced
- One Apple diced
- ½ cup Olive oil
- ¼ cup Balsamic vinegar
- 1 Teaspoon Pepper
- 1 Teaspoon Lime juice
- 1 Tablespoon Honey
- 1 Teaspoon salt
Mix everything! After mixing the dressing.
- 1 baguette French bread
- Olive oil
- Buffalo Mozzarella cheese
- Basil leaves
- Garlic (Minced)
Cut the baguette in thin slanting slices
Drizzle some olive oil, place some minced garlic, one basil leaf, one tomato slice, some mozzarella cheese and pinch of salt on the top of each slice.
Let it bake for a few minutes, till the cheese gets a little golden.
Base(makes 8-10, 10 inch pizzas)
- 2 Cups all-purpose flower
- 1 cup whole wheat flower
- 5 Tablespoons olive oil
- ½ cup water
- 1 Tablespoon dry yeast
- ½ Teaspoon sugar
- 1 Teaspoon salt
For making the dough; First to activate the yeast we take ¼ cup of lukewarm water and add the sugar. Stir till it dissolves. Add 1 Tablespoon dry yeast to the water and stir until you see a few small bubbles. Put the mixture aside for 5 – 10 minutes.
Once the yeast is activated mix 2 Cups all-purpose flower with 1 cup whole wheat flower and salt in a bowl. Once mixed make a well in the mixture and pour the activated yeast mixture along with the olive oil and ¼ cup water. Start kneading and stop only after the dough is smooth and a bit flexible.
Take a clean cloth and soak it in water. Squeeze out all the water from the cloth and use this cloth to completely cover the dough. Keep the bowl in a warm place for an hour. After an hour if the dough has risen, and you will know, you are ready to make your pizzas!
- 12 – 14 tomatoes
- 1 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons salt (and more if needed)
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 5 – 7 garlic cloves
- 2 white onions
- 5 large basil leaves
Directions: on a slow fire start heating the oil and add the chopped garlic and onions. Let this simmer for about a minute and then add the finely diced tomatoes. Mix everything and then add the other ingredients. Let the mixture simmer for about 30 minutes to an hour on a slow flame. Keep the mixture covered but mix it every 5 – 7 minutes.
½ kg Cheese (Cheddar or Mozzarella)
Gather all the ingredients you would like to top the pizza with.Preheat the oven at around 220 degrees Celsius for ten minutes. Take a baking pan and brush it lightly with oil, sprinkle all-purpose flower over this and shake it around so you get a lite film of the flower over the oil. Sprinkle a flat and hard surface with some all-purpose flower take a small chunk of the dough and flatten it into a circle or something close enough. Sprinkle some oil over this base and spread it all over the base. Take a fork and punch the base all over. Take a tablespoon or two of the sauce and spread it over the whole base. Now load up the toppings and sprinkle cheese generously over the pizza. Pop it into the oven for 15 – 20 minutes (could be more or less keep checking). And it’s done when it’s done!
So that was Saturday afternoon, guys. Hope the recipes help and motivate you to cook next weekend! Let me know how it goes?
- Siddhartha, for the pizza and salad recipes 🙂
- Nisha- For generously topping our pizzas and helping me focus on taking pictures for the blog
- Arjun- for the lovely music and for being ready to chop any vegetable
- Vineet- for making the perfect pizza bases and chopping onions
- Satyajeet- Taking pictures for the blog
- Janhavi- For eating, entertaining and cleaning up