I must be on top of the world when I made my first ever pizza since I came to Scotland. I always think making pizza is too challenging. I would rather go to Pizza Hut if I want some. In fact I actually like the ones served in Costco, just the right portion for me and thin based. But when I saw Lena’s pizza on her blog (Frozen Wings) recently, I was very inspired to give a try. It looks very delicious.
Time for our Cooking Club again……the 3rd one. That was 2 days ago. Everyone was to cook a non-Asian dish. What better time to make pizza. My friends had to be my guinea pigs….*grin*. I made a healthy pizza….Salmon Avocado Pizza! I’m so happy that all my friends liked it very much.
We really had awesome food on our 3rd cooking club. We had Moroccan beef with couscous, gazpacho, bruschetta, tiramisu, rhubarb tart, a sponge cake topped with white chocolate and of course my salmon avocado pizza. To reward everyone for taking up the challenge to cook something out of their comfort zone, I cooked an Asian dish, fried silver pin noodles, also called ‘rat’s tail noodles’. Strange name huh….haha. That’s because the noodles look like rat’s tail. I think I prefer to call it silver pin noodles…….better appetite…haha.
In fact, making my pizza was quite a lot of work because it was my first time. Even though it was a little challenging, it was all worth my time and effort. I was so pleased with the outcome that I made it again yesterday for dinner. A friend came to join us for dinner and he liked it very much. He ate a lot! But instead of the salmon avocado pizza, I made spicy barbeque chicken pizza. Oh my….that must be the best pizza I have ever tasted! I ate a lot too…*wink*
To add to my pizza dinner, I made a very simple salad to go with it. My guest liked it very much, too. It’s just peeled carrots, peeled cucumber, some chopped mint leaves. Leave them in the fridge. Just before serving, add some fish sauce, light soya sauce, sweet chilli sauce and olive oil. Mix through and serve immediately. You can also add some lemon juice. This is such a good salad to serve with pizza. It’s very easy to make, too.
Ok, back to my Salmon Avocado Pizza. Here’s my recipe: I made 4 pizzas (7 inch size)
Ingredients (Tomato Sauce)
1 big onion (peeled and chopped)
3 pips garlic (peeled and chopped)
4 tomatoes (deseeded and chopped)
1T tomato paste
1 & 1/2t sugar
1t dried oregano
Heat up 2T oil in a frying pan. Add the garlic and onions. Fry until the onions turn translucent. Add the rest of the ingredients. Keep frying until it’s cooked and become quite a paste. Dish up. This tomato paste just tastes SO good.
wild Alaskan salmon fillets (I used 4 pieces)
250g grated mozzarella cheese
Sprinkle some salt on both sides of the salmon. Let it marinade for some time. I left it overnight. Pan fry it. When it’s cold enough to handle, break it up into smaller pieces. Or you can use 2 forks to do that. Leave aside. The salmon is very tasty on its own.
Cut the avocado. Remove the seed and chop up the flesh. Leave aside.
Ingredients (pizza dough) - Jamie Oliver’s recipe
500g bread flour
1 pkt instant yeast
2T olive oil
325g warm water
Put all in a mixing bowl and mix up. I just let my mixer do the work instead of kneading by hand. But if you need some exercise or need to de-stress, kneading the dough is good therapy….*grin*. It takes about an hour to rise, or maybe less. Punch it down and knead lightly. This dough is very versatile. You can use it after punching it down or keep in the fridge to use it later. You can even freeze it. I have yet to try that. But I think I would prefer to use up the dough making my ‘kompia’.
You don’t need all the dough. The amount depends on the thickness of the dough you like. I had left over to make 4 buns. But when I make the spicy barbeque chicken pizza yesterday, I made the base thinner and I had left over dough to make 12 buns! Of course, you can just leave it in the fridge to make pizza again the next day.
Oh, I must tell you, my buns are quite close to ‘kompia’, the favourite chewy buns back in my hometown. Need to be denser and a little more salty though, and the sesame seeds more browned. I tried to make a spelt kompia recently but didn’t come out that successful but still very delicious. You can check that out at My Aberdeen Kompia.
Right, time to assemble everything to make my pizza. On a floured board, cut out 4 pieces of dough. For my 7-inch pan, I only used the dough the size of maybe a 3-inch ball. Roll it out and lay it into the pizza pan.
Spread 1/4 of the tomato sauce on the dough. Bake it at 200 deg Celsius for about 10-12 minutes.
Take out from the oven and spread the salmon, followed by the avocado and lastly sprinkle over the mozzarella. You can adjust the amount of topping that you like. I used up all the topping for the 4 pizzas.
Put back into the oven to bake for another about 10 minutes or until the cheese has all melted. The salmon is cooked and the avocado can be eaten raw, so all you need is to melt the cheese.
Remove and serve hot. Mmmmm…..it was just SO good!! Healthy, too!
I must say homemade pizza is till the best. You are in control of the ingredients and you can go wild with your creation. You can even use leftover meat. I would love to try making curry pizza and even sambal or tom yam pizza one day……mmmm. Just taking pizza making to a new height……*big smiles*.
And oh…….do drop by at Lena’s blog, Frozen Wings. She has lots of awesome recipes. Lena is a very sweet and friendly Malaysian blogger. I love her recipes. Her Strawberry Balsamic Pizza with Chicken, Onions and Applewood Bacon looks too mouth-watering….mmmmm. Imagine strawberries in pizza? That just blows my mind….haha. I guess next will be durians in pizza! I would love to see that….*big smiles*
I have been rather busy in the kitchen lately having fun. Hope you do, too. Cooking is a real test of your creativity….good for the brain….*wink*. What about hosting a pizza party? I’m sure you friends are going to like it. Or maybe start a Cooking Club where everyone brings a dish according to the theme. That would be great fun. We had Penang Food in our Cooking Club 2 and that was such a success. Our next one, Cooking Club 4 will be Picnic Food. Everyone’s looking much forward to it. If the weather permits, we will have it outdoors where the kids will have fun too.
Till then, see you in my next post!
Quote of the day……
“Any time you sincerely want to make a change, the first thing you must do is to raise your standards. When people ask me what really changed my life eight years ago, I tell them that absolutely the most important thing was changing what I demanded of myself. I wrote down all the things I would no longer accept in my life, all the things I would no longer tolerate, and all the things that I aspired to becoming.”
- Anthony Robbins