Monday, November 16, 2009

Pizza


for her birthday (in January, I know, but things came up...!), I got Priya a cooking class at ICE. we chose pizza-making! from 6-10 on a Friday night, we assembled in an ICE kitchen and made pizzas.

it was like a grown-up play-date thing. we'd spill and assistants would clean it. we'd screw up and they'd step in and fix it. many of our classmates were high-heeled Manhattanites who didn't seem especially interested in knowing how to make dough from scratch, and they took off at 8:30 and seemed shocked that we stayed. we were the last two there--for the last hour, just us and the cooks! took home a ton of stuff (11 pizzas, 13 balls of dough, huge containers of sauce, ricotta, gorgonzola, prosciutto, pancetta, and more...)

anyway, we don't have pictures of all 11 of our pizzas, but here are three:


focaccia with potatoes, bacon, rosemary...



goat cheese with caramelized onions, eggplant, peppers, mushrooms...

pepperoni, asparagus, fresh mozzerella...

2 comments:

Andre said...

nice. if you are planning a pizza evening i highly recommend pissaladiere from southern france. it's a great "starter" kind of pizza to work up your hunger. the traditional way is _lots_ of _very_ soft onions (to be softened before putting on base), garlic, olives, olive oil and anchovies. i prefer without anchovies. but not cheese and no tomatoes.
simple and delicious especially once you have the dough nailed.

andre

alex said...

that sounds good! and I like anchovies (one of the pizzas I made on Friday was prosciutto/anchovy/basil...super salty!) so I'd probably keep it.

I do want to master the dough, primarily, so that would be a good test of a good dough.