Monday, January 11, 2010

Gratitude Monday -- Alternate Pizza

Today, like most days, I am grateful for pizza. In this case I am grateful that we have access to good Spelt flour so we can make our own.
Commercial pizzas are okay from time to time. In fact it's probably a blessing that both my husband and I have wheat intolerance or we'd have delivery pizza more times than is good for us.
We found some good quality Spelt flour that is ground finely enough for a decent pizza crust without having to first be sifted. It also makes an adequate loaf of bread and pie crust, too.
We enjoy inventing our own pizza. Mike makes the deep-dish crust and I am in charge of toppings.
It's tasty and reasonably healthy and it's a great way to warm up the house on a cold day. I'm grateful for that, too.
Above, the fluffy deep-dish crust that held our recent effort. If you're wondering, it had slow-roasted beef with onion, pepper, Vlahotiri and Kefalotiri cheeses as well as soy cheese, tomato paste thinned with white wine, spinach, portobello mushroom, cilantro, oregano, thyme, and fresh tomato.
It was very good, and I'm grateful for that, too.


the Bag Lady said...

It looks amazing, cousin!! And I'm a pizza-lover, too, so it is good that there are no pizza places in town that will deliver out here or we, too, would eat far more than is good for us!!

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks. It was, Cousin. One of our best efforts yet. Wine in the sauce is very tasty.

Terrie Farley Moran said...

df Leah,

This looks fabulous, but I am not good (am actually terrible) at anything involving crust.

I am, however, still enjoying the eggplant casserole you posted long ago.


Leah J. Utas said...

dfTerrie, I'm so glad you're enjoying the Nightshade Casserole. It makes me doubly glad I invented it.
Crusts aren't really my thing either. Mike is considerably better at it.

Reb said...

Mmmm, looks good. Of course, I would have to change most of the toppings - allergies suck!

Crabby McSlacker said...

OMG does that look good. That indeed looks like something to be grateful for!

messymimi said...

It sounds like something I would want to make, and the kids would turn their noses up to.

Doggone fast food style pizza has ruined their taste buds.

Leah J. Utas said...

Reb, it's too bad about the allergies, but I'm sure you could invent something tasty.

Crabby, it was very good.

Messymimi, all the more for you, then! Seriously, all the salt, sugar and fat in most commercial foods to replace taste is as far away from real flavour as can be.

Hilary said...

It looks and sounds just perfect except for that evil word (cilantro). And I agree about the Nightshade Casserole.. it's divine!

Nancy said...

That looks fabulous! My husband makes pizza and I know what we're having one night this week!

Leah J. Utas said...

Hilary, you could hardly taste the evil C word in it, and it can always be omitted. Glad the Nightshade is a hit with you. It's tickles me to have it called divine. Thanks.

Nancy, I bet your husband makes a fine pizza.