Monday, August 2, 2010
8/2/10 Harvest and First Homemade Pizza
Harvesting was really fun this week, with six tomatoes, five cucumbers and a bunch of small but still edible onions. The green beans are still trickling in a few at a time, and basil is mass producing at a rate where we can hardly keep up.
We also pulled up three carrots for the first time, and they were teeny tiny - only about 1 inch long and thinner than an infant's pinkie. They are Burpee's Short 'n Sweet variety, with 68 days to maturity and full size of up to 4 inches. I sowed these carrot seeds about two and a half months ago, so I don't know why these carrots are not getting any bigger in our garden.
If you want to see other gardeners' harvests, head on over to Daphnes' Harvest Monday.
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This weekend, I decided that I was finally going to learn to bake bread-y things using yeast. Up until now, I have always just skipped recipes that included yeast because I somehow thought that they would be too difficult. But heck, if I can learn to grow my own vegetables, I can certainly learn to use yeast, right?
So I made a pizza from scratch. I did everything by hand the old school way, since I don't have a stand mixer or a bread machine. I learned to make a pizza dough, double rise and all. I wanted to incorporate as many garden vegetables as I could, and ended up using homemade basil pesto, green onions, onions, tomatoes, green beans and oregano. Other non-garden ingredients included chicken, mushroom, garlic, and mozzarella cheese. The result was a oh-so-delicious pizza that came out the oven perfectly hot and crisp, not even a tiny bit soggy. Success!
A question for those of you with more baking experience: are there any bread recipes where a stand mixer or a bread machine is a requirement, or is it always just an easier alternative to hand-mixing?