12.9.11

Three Cheese Wheat Pizza with Pea Shoots and Gardeding for The New Season


Pea shoots Pizza

I believe we all have days when we don’t have the time or simply the energy to go shopping. Particularly after a long busy day—And even though we’re just two -- Breakfast and quick lunches are always a ‘must have’ in our house to keep our selves going throughout the day until dinnertime.
This also give us the opportunity to ‘catch up’ with each other and relax while  eating our lunch. It really makes a difference! This means that I can’t get away with cooking! To me feeling hungry is not enjoyable at all—It make me grumpy and over-tired.

I always try to have some good food staples in the house, some of my favorites are dry pasta, polenta, lentils, rice, plain and wheat flour for quick breads such as pizzas and focaccias and a good douse of potatoes, tomatoes, onions, fresh greens, root vegetables and fresh fruits (in season)--And of course parmesan cheese and a fresh stick of French bread.  

I also like to keep chicken breasts and prawns or seafood mix in the freezer as they are easy to defrost and very useful to create a lot of different dishes.
It is amazing the variety of dishes that can be prepared using the same ingredients. And believe me – it works wonderfully every time. 



On Friday evening, we decided our Saturday would start early. J. and I made plans to work on our little garden. Connecting with nature always bring the best of ourselves. It’s one of the simplest and uplifting ways to nurture my spirit.
We spent our morning in manual labor, preparing our garden for the new season.  After finishing our gardening, we sat next to the fence and observed all we have done. But that didn’t last for long. The rain forced us back inside. Oh, nature…beautiful nature!


It was such a fun morning.


We were tired and hungry. So I prepared wheat flour pizzas—one with this topping variation—and the other one with feta cheese, parmesan, soft buffalo mozzarella topped with thin onion slices and lovely greens pea shoots. J’s favorite.

And for dessert we also enjoyed a quick fruit salad with kiwis, bananas, oranges, apples and pears. With juice of fresh squeezed oranges.


I hope everybody is well and happy!



Three Cheese Wheat Flour Pizza with Pea Shoots
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Make 1 Large

2 C. Wheat flour
3/4 C. + 1 Tbsp. warm water
1 1/2 tsp. Instant dry yeast
1 tsp. Sugar
1 tsp. Vegetable oil
1/4 tsp. Salt

*Parmesan, feta and buffalo mozzarella cheese 
onion slices and Pea shoots for topping.

Preparation:
Inn a bowl add flour and salt. Set aside. Take measuring cup and add yeast, warm water and  sugar--Mix well and cover with a plate.Wait (about 10 minutes) for bubbles to appear in the yeast.Add yeast mixture to the flour plus the oil. Mix together all the ingredients to form the dough.Using your hands work the dough for about 5 minutes until smooth and elastic. Cover and set in warm part of the kitchen-let the dough rest for 15-20 minutes. 

When ready, just punch down the dough over a floured surface and shape into a circle. Transfer the dough into lightly floured baking tray. Brush the dough with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle with the three cheese and onion slices. Bake for 15 minutes and serve hot. When ready sprinkle with with pea shoots and serve immediately. QJVQPC9XWHSZ

27 comments:

Carrots and cherries said...

Lovely pizza ! the peas shoots look absolutely amazing on the pizza....!!

I am coming home for a quick bite.... :)

LOVE the garden snaps !

Hope you guys had a great time gardening..... :)

Hugs,

Abhilasha

Juliana said...

Aldy, homemade pizza dough is the best...and I love your whole wheat version of it. Your topping sounds and looks delicious...mozzarella and pea shoots. Great pictures as always.
Hope you have a wonderful week :-)

Sarah (Snippets of Thyme) said...

I just love the photo of the hands holding the soil with the little sprout. Isn't it something to read about fall getting underway and we read about spring around the corner there!

Junia said...

three cheese pizza looks so delicious! i love how it is all white! makes it look so classy! :D have a wonderful week aldy!

Barbara said...

It may have been raining outside, but that pizza is a lovely slice of sunshine. Simple and delicious.

Your gardening photos are wonderful...I no longer have one, but I remember how rewarding it was.

And your list of kitchen staples is spot on.

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

I love how simple this pizza is and I can imagine how delicious it tastes!! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Now I am craving pizza!

Divya said...

The pizza is really creative. I would never had thought of using pea shoots!

The pictures are gorgeous. I especially like the second one, the green colour just "pops".

Pity said...

la pizza parece mas una obra de arte, me encantaria pegarle un mordisco, seguro que estaba deliciosa, besitos

Sonia said...

oh....this is looking awesome ! loved the bright green topping on it, lovely pictures as well. thanks !

Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet said...

Thank You! Thank You VERY MUCH Everyone :)

Hugs <3

Mary said...

What a gorgeous creation. It really sounds wonderful. I really enjoyed the post today. Your photos are just wonderful. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

kankana said...

All the photos are so beautiful and it just shows how much fun u had. Plus this pizza is so simple and beautifully presented!

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Aldy, STUNNING photos as always. I really love that you added pea shoots for topping. I never thought of this idea - it's always nice to add green on top, but how come I never thought of anything but basil. LOL. Love this idea so much!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A beautiful pizza! so tempting. lovely clicks.

Cheers,

Rosa

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

What wonderful, splendid photos,ALDY! And pizza is my favorite food in the whole wide world.The healthier and more exotic the ingredients, the better. THANK YOU SO MUCH for visiting me tonight; I started school again last week and I am trying to get back into my routine, but it is exhausting! But it is Friday and I am so HAPPY!!!

Have a great weekend and come again!! Anita

Tanvi@SinfullySpicy said...

Love the addition of pea shoots to this pizza..so simple & healthy!Going thru glimpses of your garden was fun!

quicks said...

The post is great and the wheat pizza looks gorgeous! Mmmmm...those slices are making me drool :-)

Beautiful pics!

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen said...

Looks beautiful! I've been having a little love affair with pea shoots lately, I'm always looking for new ways to use them.

Prieta said...

Oh Aldy, this post is great! The pizza looks delicious and your pictures, as always, fabulous!

Miri Leigh said...

Yum, this pizza sounds and looks delicious! Thanks for sharing, great photos as always!

Cristina, from Buenos Aires to Paris said...

Creo que estaria felicisima de ser tu vecina!! Todo lo que tenés en la alacena me encanta!!
Es lindo trabajar en el jardin...extraño eso!
Besitos,
Cristina

blackbookkitchendiaries said...

wow! that looks so pretty! thank you for sharing this post with us.

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Yum! White pizza is my favorite and I NEVER woulda had the idea to put pea shoots in there :).

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

Oh honey, that looks utterly amazing! Must try!

foodtravelandwine said...

Como deseaba volver a leerte!...esta pizza se ve deliciosa....y las fotos estan preciosas!!.....es que el cambio de casa me dio tanto trabajo y ademas me dejo agotada.....tu sabes....pero ya paso todo y estoy volviendo a la vida blogueril...... empezare pronto de nuevo.....que bueno disfrutar de tus recetas de nuevo!...Abrazotes, Marcela

Anh said...

wonderful colors and flavours in this post!

zenchef said...

Oh gosh, I love this. Amazing.
Do you mind if I submit it on zenspotting? Thanks!
http://www.zencancook.com/zenspotting/

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