Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Pizza & My 25th B-day

Happy birthday to me! I am 25 years old. I have been alive for a quarter of a century! When I was a little girl I thought age 25 was so old, but I am 25 now and I still feel like a little girl. In terms of education and career I am happy with where I am, but in terms of relationships and the whole "family" side of things, I'm not where I expected to be. I'm glad I at least have one child already so even if I stay single for a little while I won't feel totally left behind. With my 3 close friends getting married (1 this year, 2 next year), I am the last single one. Ironically, I was the first to get engaged (at 21) and now I'm going to be the last to get married! For my birthday cake this year I made a white chocolate strawberry cheesecake. Pictures and entry to follow maybe tomorrow.

So, for today's entry: Pizza!

I really wish my family liked pizza more because I am in love with working with pizza dough. My favorite crust recipe is from Canadian Living. It is a thicker, chewier crust but it is still crisp and airy (I rolled it really really thin). It rolls out like a dream and I like the use of olive oil in the dough. It would make great bread sticks too. I topped it with freshly roasted red peppers, feta cheese, bacon and onions.

I adore working with yeast dough, especially sweet yeast doughs. Baking bread is my obsession. I read somewhere that in the realm of baking there are two types of people: bread-makers and pastry-makers. I'm definitely a bread person. Pastry is too artsy and less earthy. I like the feel of the dough under my hands and the way it grounds me and pulls me down back to earth when my mind is too hectic.


Wandering Coyote said...

Happy birthday! I am 35 on Friday. Don't try to rush into things! Pizza looks awesome & Canadian Living has excellent recipes for just about anything, don't they/

Good Timing said...

How did i know you would make your own birthday cake you silly girl??? :P