The kidlet is in Pre K. She did not get into the local public school so she is a private Pre K program. I have to provide a lunch every day. I love bento boxes and wanted to make her elaborate lunches with little faces. But reality reared its ugly head and I make quick and easy lunches.
Here is an example:
Organic juice box, halved red and green grapes, carrot sticks, a whole wheat croissant and a hard boiled egg.
Since I first posted my pizza dough recipe, I have changed it. It was not really a conscious decision, it was more about making it healthier. Also, I had read Jim Lahey's book and he espoused about the wonders of time in bread making and I tried it.
Minjenah's Pizza Dough
1.5 cups of warm water
1 T honey
1 T yeast
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups bread flour
2 T Kosher salt
1/4 cup Olive Oil
Mix the water, honey and yeast in a large bowl. Let the mixture get foamy. Add the next four ingredients in the order that I have listed. Mix to combine. I use a Dough Whisk
, but I am a gadget girl.
Then I leave it overnight. If it is summer, I let it rise in the fridge. In the winter, in a cold oven. Right before I bake it, I do a quick knead (less than a minute) in the bowl that it was proofing in. Then I roll it out, top it and bake it at 550 for about ten minutes.
This can make 2-6 pizzas depending on how thin I roll it out as well as how big the pan is. I use half sheet pans usually and on average I can make four pizzas and one little pizza for the kidlet who only likes cheese and sauce.
2 T olive oil
2 onions chopped
12 banana peppers chopped
10 cloves of garlic smashed
50 ripe plum tomatoes
1 12 ounce can of beer
2 6 ounce cans tomato paste
1/2 cup chili powder
1/4 cup cumin
3 T oregano
15 ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped
3 pounds of ground beef, well browned and drained
2 15 ounce cans of pinto beans
Saute the onion, peppers and garlic until it is well browned in your largest pot.
Take half the plum tomatoes, half the beer and one can of tomato paste and puree in a blender. Pour into the pot. Repeat and pour in the pot. Let it simmer until it is reduced by half. This took about two hours for me.
Add the seasonings and salt. I cannot tell you how much salt because what tastes right to me may not taste right to you.
1 T olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, smashed
10 softball sized tomatoes, chopped and salted liberally
8 ounces of hot cooked pasta, I used angel hair
30 leaves of fresh basil, sliced in ribbons
1 T butter
3 T pecorino cheese
Heat the olive oil and garlic in a large skillet until it smells yummy. Add 3/4 of the chopped tomatoes and let it cook down. I normally do this while I am boiling the water for the pasta. When the tomatoes are the consistency of maple syrup, add the pasta and toss to coat. Add the basil, butter, cheese and remaining tomatoes. Season liberally with salt and pepper.
I am a tiny Asian woman trying to navigate the Deep South. I have a profound love of all things deep fried.
I married a man seven years my junior (WHO IS THE ROCK STAR! JAYUUH!)
I have a well developed sense of humor and a poorly developed sense of spacial relations.
I share too much, which is why I need to blog to edit before I over share with people how often I poop and how I saw my first gray hair at 24 AND IT WAS NOT ON MY HEAD.
I had a child on February 2007 I had another child in October of 2011. My life has not been the same. It has gotten a lot better.
If you wish to contact me email me at minjenah at gmail dot com. I will respond, eventually.