I made it!

Sourdough bread that is.  I’ve been working with my starter from Mel’s instructions.   I fed it every day, made sure it was still bubbling along.  Then Monday night I declared it time to make bread!

While it wasn’t as sour as I thought it was going to be (I am still feeding the starter) it was pretty delicious.  But it was dark out and we cut it nearly as soon as it came out of the oven, so I have no pics!  But, I am hoping to put the starter in my fridge while we are on vacation and hope for the best.

I ended up using this kind of container, open just enough to let the carbon dioxide release.  The bubbles mean its fermenting!  This was I think day 2 or 3.

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I’ll be sure to do a proper write up the next time I make it!

So we are getting close to leaving for vacation, its been interesting coming up with meal plans.  We still had leftover beef roast from Sunday, so I chopped some of that up and made an egg white breakfast sammie – I could actually taste the smokiness from the grill.  #awesome

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I worked straight through lunch – super busy, but I actually like it that way so the day goes by fast.  The next two days should be much calmer.  When I was going through the fridge, I realized I had my leftovers from that Thai restaurant (Kung Pao Chicken)that Hannah and my Mom went to.  I ended up heating that up, and then adding 3/4 cup chopped cucumber for some crunch and to help tone down the heat – this was supa spicy!  And there wasn’t much chicken left, so I added a few slices of the roast to this dish too.

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Later in the afternoon I was wondering what to make for dinner, when I realized I still had the second half of the sauerdough bread sitting on my counter.  I texted Tony and said “how does sausage and green olive pizza sound?”  I was shocked when I got a quick reply that said “sounds great!” 

While I could have pizza every day and never get sick of it, Tony isn’t on the pizza bandwagon like me, so when he gives me the thumbs up I go for it.

Now this dough has been sitting on my counter since Monday night, with just a lid on top, but not completely covered.  My camera battery was dead, so my iPhone had to step in. Open-mouthed smile

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See all those bubbles?  This dough is super wet and sticky.  I probably ended up adding about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of flour in order to get it the right consistency to roll out.  I love that I’ve left the unopened container of yeast on my counter for three days.  I am klassy like that. Open-mouthed smile

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Speaking of yeast, that was a two pack container that I bought from Sam’s Club for only $5 for both.  Once opened it just can hang out in your fridge until you are ready to use it – they say that 1/4 teaspoon is a serving, and there are like 576 servings in each package – 2 1/4 teaspoons is the equivalent to a packet of yeast you get in the three pack at the store – so this is a great deal.

I found we had mushrooms, green olives, pepperoni and sausage as our toppings.

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I use a baking stone (that my MIL gave me – thanks Bonnie!) and heat the stove to 450 with the stone in there.  Once the oven comes to temp, I bake the dough blind for about 5-7 minutes.  Make sure you poke a fork in your dough so it doesn’t bubble up on you.

Exactly 12 minutes later – bam:

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I topped my pizza with hot giardiniera, I am getting addicted to that stuff!

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The crust was a bit crunchy, and doughy at the same time – kind of like a pan pizza.  Tony isn’t a fan of super thin crust like me – I love a cracker crust.  And kudos to me, no after dinner snacks or wine last night! Open-mouthed smile

I ended up finding some asparagus in my crisper (that was for you Roz!) and while the ends were kind of iffy, the rest of it was fine.  I ended up making an asparagus quiche for my breakfast this morning, using up the last of the milk too.  If it turns out I’ll post the recipe tomorrow.

Off to fold some laundry before getting ready for work.  Question of the Day:  Could you have pizza every day?  Make it a great day!

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22 thoughts on “I made it!

  1. THAT PIZZA. oh my lord. That looks amazing! I love how you made the dough! I have always been curious about it, but I’m not sure if I’m patient enough.

    I made yeasted bread for the first time last year and it was such a fun experience! Much more hands-off than I expected.

  2. Yeah for homemade sourdough bread!

    The pizza sounds delicious. My boys could have it every day… 🙂

    Have fun prepping for your trip!

  3. Great job on the bread!! I think I could definitely have pizza every day. It’s so yummy!

  4. Hooray! Glad the bread turned out. I will keep my fingers crossed that your starter makes it through your vacation. I could eat pizza every day. I’m a total carb aholic. Especially because I’ve been teaching a lot of cardio classes lately/ running a lot! Makes me crave them!

  5. That pizza looks amazing! I’m pretty sure I could eat pizza daily, I mean you can change it up in so many ways. In Connecticut I had a “mashed potato” pizza. Sounds weird, but AMAZING!

  6. Cute ramen bowl! Yes, yes, yes… I could have pizza every day. Thankfully, I don’t! (Or I’d be twice my size…)

  7. I love sourdough!!! I love pizza too, could not eat it every day becuase I would weigh a million pounds. It is one of those foods that never sends the “full” message to the brain and I always eat myself sick. Have an awesome vacation!!

  8. I could have pasta every day, and pizza most days. Carb junkie!

  9. Your pizza looks excellent! Especially now that you can take pictures showcasing your food OUTSIDE! Three cheers for outdoor dining weather. 🙂

  10. I do love sourdough bread! Not such a big fan of pizza but once in a while I crave it – like pineapple and Canadian bacon or veggie!

    Vacation time – how wonderful!

  11. Are you going to pack all of your favorite sauces for vacation? You can come and make pizza any day at our house while you are here. Love ya.

  12. I love giardinera, too. But not as much as my mom, whom I’m visiting at the moment. I cleaned her pantry to find two large jars in there and at least two more in the fridge. She also has at least 10 boxes of graham cracker crumbs. Go figure. Pizza. Not every day. But that one looks damn good.

  13. Jenn@Cooking Aweigh the LBs

    I think I might try to attempt starting my own sourdough. Especially since my husband likes sourdough bread. Thanks for the inspiration!

    I’m the type of person who could have the same thing every single day for a long time then will get tired of it and won’t want it for a long time too. Just part of my all or nothing personality, I guess. 🙂

  14. When I first started dating my boyfriend (5 years ago now), I gave him a cookbook on how to cook bread for our first Xmas together. He was in the middle of remodeling his kitchen so he said once the kitchen was done he’d try mastering making his own bread. Fast forward 5 years — the kitchen isn’t done (still) and he’s gone gluten-free! BOO!! I want to learn how to make bread! 😉

  15. Wow, you’re an inspiration. I tried sourdough a few years ago and it was a complete fail! I think I could eat pizza everyday, the topping choices are endless!

  16. Weighting For 50

    Great looking pizza Vat. YUM. I’m also smitten with your Ramen bowl!!! So cute. Have a great Thursday.

  17. Yes……I could do pizza every day……….oh yum. Sour dough bread, you are much braver then I 🙂 And your pizza looks absolutely de-lish!!! Counting down to vacation sounds wonderful, r&r is needed every now and then!!

  18. Considering the endless variations of pizza, I probably could have it every day and not get bored.

  19. Yep, I could eat pizza all the time. A friend just posted one with balsamic, chicken and strawberries, sounds interesting! Cute ramen bowl 🙂

  20. Biz, I hope you and Tony have a great vacation!!

  21. Fantastic! I could totally have pizza every day of the week. Looks so yummy!

  22. Nope, no pizza for me every day. I love the real Italian pizza’s, the ones that are baked in a wood oven and when you buy pizza’s here they use electric ovens. Besides that I like a thin crust and you can’t get that here everywhere. Most of the times pizza’s in restaurants here are fine but not the ones you can buy from the freezer and I have never made pizza myself. We both prefer to eat them in Italy and even then we don’t eat them every day.

    That said: yours looks good though! I could have that one.

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