Sunday, January 27, 2013

Brocolli, Leek and Potato Soup

My friend Dani Lia came to visit and she was telling me how she lacks courage to make soup from scratch- so I made this as a starter for our lunch to show her how easy it can be. This was made with a medley of vegetables, pureed with cream and milk added and topped off with a dollop of sour cream. I was telling Dani that she can also serve this soup with a dash of basil pesto for a more beautiful presentation.

1 head of brocolli
1 leek
3 cloves garlic
1 potato cubed
1 cup milk
2 tbs cream
1/2 cube of chicken stock (or 1 cup homemade stock)
1/4 juice of lemon
salt and pepper
sprinkle of celery salt
1 tbs sour cream

1. Heat olive oil in a pot and fry garlic until fragrant.
2. Add the leeks and gently fry until leeks are softened.
3. Add the brocolli and keep on cooking until soft.
4. Add the potato and 2 cups water and leave to simmer.
5. When potatoes are cooked, puree the mixture in a blender.
6. Return to pot and add milk to thicken. Season with the lemon juice, celery salt, salt, pepper and stock.
7. Add the cream at the end to thicken.
8. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and some pepper sprinkled on top.

Friday, January 04, 2013

Pizza Hut Original Pan Pizza Recipe

It really tasted like pizza hut! Thomas brought back 8 kilos of cheese yesterday and I had to think up of ways to use it up. So I decided to look up online if I could find a copycat Pizza Hut recipe and I found one floating around that has received plenty of good reviews. And sure enough, it really had the pizza hut flavour- I had to place the dough in a cake tin with oil at the bottom and place it in a very heated oven, which 'fried' the dough up beautifully, making it crispy on the outside and bready on the inside. This one was made with onions, mushrooms, pepperoni and plenty of mozarella cheese with a base of barbeque sauce. I also made one with a base of tomato sauce.

Ingredients for the dough:
1 and 1/3 cups of warm water
1/4 cup of milk powder
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups flour
1 tbs sugar
1 packet dry yeast
2 tbs vegetable oil for the dough
9 ounces of vegetable oil for the pans (3 ounces per pan)

1. Add yeast, sugar, salt and milk powder to a bowl.
2. Add the warm water and stir to mix well
3. Let it sit for two mins.
4. Add oil and stir again.
5. Add flour and stir until flour is absorbed.
6. Knead the dough
7. Roll out into three balls.
8. Roll out the balls into circular discs.
9. Place in cake pans.
10. Cover with a plate and keep in a warm area for 1.5 hours

When the dough is ready, assemble your pizza and bake at 250 degrees for 25 mins at the lower half section of the oven. Bon Appetit!