Delicious Homemade Italian Pizza made with Pizza Steel

It’s Tuesday and I’m already thinking about the weekend.. Last weekend we tried out our new pizza baking steel! Earlier we owned a pizza baking stone. It worked well, but after a few uses it cracked in the middle of the baking process! This time we went for a baking steel. 8 kilos of steel should last for a few years.

The dough in our Kitchen Aid

Recipe:

  • 400 g pizza 00 flour (For example this one)
  • 2 1/2 dl room temperature water
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast (or 15 g of regular yeast)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (preferably sea salt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon suger
  • 2 tbl spoons olive oil

Put all the dry ingredients (with exception of the salt) into a mixing bowl. Add water and olive oil and mix well for a good 5 minutes, until you have a smooth dough. Add the salt and mix for an additional 2-3 minutes. Let the dough rest under a tea towel or lid for an hour or so. In the mean time, you can start up your oven to heat the baking steel properly. 🙂 Bake the pizzas at maximum heat (240°c in my oven).

Tomatoes ready for baking!

I am really fond of tomatoes, not just in the sauce but also as a topping. Before starting on the dough, I usually bake some cherry tomatoes in olive oil and sea salt. You can use any herbs you like with them! Bake on low heat (125°c) for 60 minutes, and use as a topping. This really brings out the taste!

Once the dough has doubled in size, fold it over a couple of times, before cutting it up into portion sizes. You can make 3 larger pizzas – or like me, make portion pizzas. This dough can make about 8 smaller pizzas, which fit 4 at a time on my baking steel. This way the kids can choose their own topping. Great fun!

The toppings

Have everything ready to throw on as you start assembling your pizza. Once you pop the first few in the oven, they are done in a few minutes! Here is our choice of topping for this evening. 🙂

Sauce goes on first, then follow up with a cheese of your liking. We went for a fresh Mozzarella cheese this time, but you can also use a cheese with a stronger taste. Maybe a mix!

Other toppings we used were Serrano ham, olives and basil leaves. Your imagination is the limit. 😉

Our pizza steal is coated with a non stick surface, which rendered our stainless steel pizza paddle useless. We don’t want any scratches! Buy a wooden paddle if you end up getting this type of pizza steel. 🙂

Keep an eye on your pizzas as they bake, this part goes quickly. 3-5 minutes depending on the heat in your oven.

Top it of with sour cream and garlic sauce or even better – drizzle over the olive oil from your oven baked cherry tomatoes. 🙂 Serve with a fresh side of salad. Muy bien!

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DIY easy to make headboard

The bedroom is usually the last room that gets a makeover, also in this house. Its just too easy to use it as storage, and that is a shame really.. I wanted to buy a headboard to make it more cozy, but the only ones I could find where very “over the top”, and did not have the clean lines I was looking for. :/ I wanted something simple, but cozy – I might be a tough customer?

This little project took the whole of 3 hours work, and I am very happy with the outcome! 🙂

You will need:

  • Wood trimmings
  • Paint and brush
  • Screws that works with the type of wall you have
  • Screws with hooks
  • Warm-white LED string lights

First find the width and height of your coming headboard. This obviously depends on the size of your bed. A width of 201 cm and height of 170 cm was just right for our bed. Go to your hardware store and buy wood trimmings or similar. The one we used have a width of 4.8 cm and depth of 3.5 cm. We painted the trimmings with two layers of yellow paint. Fasten the trimmings to the wall with screws and attach some screws with hooks at strategic places. Fasten the led string lights to the hooks.

Nano is a thief.. mostly of socks, but also jewelry and chewy objects.

Heads up! I bought these Clinique pep-start on impulse (LOVE the packaging, SCREAMING for me to take them home) – am now addicted. Thick consistency but lots of hydration!

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Korean cosmetic haul!

Some days are better than others when it comes to fetching the mail! 🙂 Here is this weeks stash of Korean cosmetics from eBay! A bit of an obsession of mine (luckily a rather inexpensive one if I keep to my limit).  Some oldies but goodies, and some new to me.

Skinfood – Whats not to love! The black sugar mask is a favorite. Gently rub it on until the grains are dissolved, then leave on for a good 10 minutes before washing off. Leaves skin really soft and smooth.

A good cleansing oil is a must if you use makeup and/or SPF. I have been very happy with Skinfood’s Black sugar perfect cleansing oil. It’s mild for sensitive skin too.

A new product for me is the Labiotte Wine eye shadow palette. Simply liked the colours, so testing it out for the first time! Love the box too 😉

The swatches barely show some of the fairest colors. They where difficult to catch on camera too. There is quite a lot of shimmer in four of these colours, and not a whole lot of fallout.

Another new one! Because it was too fun not to try XD The TonyMoly Pikachu mini cover cushion.

This is the smaller version, as it’s a test run, but I am over all happy with it. This cushion gives medium coverage, has a nice size for your bag and is super cute. I went for the darker of the two shades which suits my skin tone, but it does seem a bit chalky :/

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Trees for decorating your front entry

The three birches complete with decorative LED-lights

How much wood would a woodpecker peck if a woodpecker would peck wood…

Our front entrance used to be very plain (read: minimalistic). Over the past few years the Scandinavian style, with different types of wood being a focal point, has been growing on me. No more crackled patina paint jobs ala shabby chick for me! Soooooo, we decided to bring some of the Norwegian forest to our front door.

Measure the height of of the area where the trees are to be put. In our case it was 2,4 meters from ground to ceiling.

Get a saw or call your local lumberjack. Remember to check with your local landowner before you start chopping down the wood and brining it home! We went for birch-trees, as these are plentiful and the bark is beautiful. The trees we selected had a circumference of 20-26 centimeters

After collecting the trees, place an impregnated board of wood on the ground. (We did not need to fasten this to the ground.) Measure the height from the board to the ceiling. Fasten the bottom of the trunks to the board with stainless screws and the top to the ceiling. If you don’t have a ceiling, you will probably have to fasten the top of the trees to the wall with a spacer of some sort.

The trees with some more details

We put some pine branches around the base of the trees for decoration, this is easy to alter according to time of year or occasion. We hung up a battery-powered LED string light for an extra cozy feeling. 🙂

You can also save some branches (or put in your own pegs by drilling holes and securing with glue) for hanging up the kids’ rain clothes when you don’t want them inside. Just a practical tip! 😀

Nano went all in on this project, she’s pooped…

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Fox paper craft

The wonderful things you can find on the Internet! I am found of paper craft and found this really cool shop assembli.nl online. They have lots of different origami-type paper sculptures that you can fold and glue together. I decided to try it out and ordered The Fox!

The sculpture came really nicely packaged in a sturdy cardboard box. Inside were three large rolled up sheets of thick paper, a wooden ruler for making nice, sharp edges and a tube with a generous amount of glue.

It took about five hours to put it together, a couple of evenings of entertainment in other words. 🙂

The finished fox finally on the wall! It looks a bit like a 3D-modell from a computer game. 😉 The finished modell is 48x26x38 cm. In other words, large enough to be used instead of the creepy, old fox-trophy that you inherieted from your uncle Bucknuckle!

We hung the trophy here in the teenagers room. Nano seems a bit skeptical about the whole trophy-thing. 😉 But she can relax, we’re going for the bear next time, over the coach in the living-room.

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Delicious homemade Churros

This weekend we celebrated a birthday at our home. The birthday girl had her heart set on churros, after pining for them since last vacation in Spain. Nothing else to do but find out how to make them home made style! 🙂 They are easy to make, and very tasty if I do say so myself! Even the birthday girl gave them a thumbs up!

You will need around 2l of cooking oil for frying. We used sunflower-oil.

Ingredients for the dough:

  • 2.5 dl of water
  • 110 grams margarine
  • 125 grams all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs

Ingredients for the sprinkle mixture:

  • 50 grams sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pour the oil into your deep-fryer, or a large pot. The oil should be 3-4 cm deep.Heat the oil to 180 degrees Celsius.

In a medium saucepan, heat water and margarine to a rolling boil. Combine the flour and salt; stir into the boiling mixture. Reduce heat to low and stir vigorously until the mixture forms a ball, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and beat in the eggs one at a time. Spoon the mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip.

Carefully squeeze out about 10 cm long strips of dough directly into the hot oil. Cut with a knife when you reach your preferred length. Having a third hand available here can help. 😉

Fry 3 or 4 strips at once, until golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side. Remove from hot oil to drain on paper towels.

Put the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and stir together. Roll the churros in the mixture while still hot.

Style them up for the table. We used paper boxes from Søstrene Grene, but they look great wrapped in brown paper with a bowl of chocolate saus on the side for dipping.

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Somebody needs to wash her bumbum!

So.. this happened today….

And THAT, my friends, led straight for the bathtub! It was a no negotiating kind of situation..

She kinda goes from a Mogwai to a Gremlin in these seconds from fluffy dry to soggy wet..

She actually likes it (sort of, kind of). Needs some attention and a little massage with soap and everything is fine 😀

Then she runs around, quick as a whip, drying herself on the rest of the house! 🙂

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A little DIY for comfort :)

I’ve been looking for ages for a bathtub table. Checking Etsy first of all, looking in local shops, browsing the Internet.. Nothing suited my minimalist home the way I’d pictured it in my head (besides the prices on shipping are hilarious).

I have no idea why we didn’t do this before, it was so simple! Not to mention cheap!! And it fits my “home spa” like a glove..

You start by measuring how wide your bathtub is at the top. Drive over to your local hardware store and buy some materials. We used Royal-impregnated wood of brown colour. This material is water-resistant and the colouring goes through the whole board. We bought three boards measuring 11.5cm x 2.5cm (4.5″ x 1″).

Here our dog Nano is checking out the underside of the table. Use small boards and galvanized screws to hold the big boards together.

This is the coloring of these boards after you cut them. Royal-impregnated wood is both sturdy and nice to look at. 🙂

Here is a view from under the table. Before you fasten the screws, line everything up and be sure that the small boards on the underside line up with the edges of the bathtub!

See, now I can watch my favorite show from a tub full of suds! Go for it! 🙂

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Couchsurfing, not by choice..

At home, sick with the flu. 🙁 Good thing I have company! Although it seems she’s not very social at this time of day…… Now I know that when we are at work, it’s all lazytown around here!

She is a bit stuck up this one.. I nudge – she barely blinks 🙂

Smile for the camera 😀
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Winter Ice Candles

We decided to do an ice candle project before having visitors the other day! Makes for a magical atmosphere around the entrance, and feels welcoming for those dropping by. 🙂

We have made ice candles in buckets earlier, but for that you need the outdoors to be chilly enough to freeze that amount of water. Lately we have had very mild weather, so we had to turn to our freezer for help. 😛

  • Fill balloons with water, tie a knot to close them and put them in the freezer.
  • Check them every now and then, you don’t want the water to freeze all the way through!! The balloon should feel hard, with sturdy ice, but shake it to check that there is still water in the middle. 🙂
  • Open the balloon (cut it with a sharp knife over the sink) and pop the icy ball out.
  • Find the thinnest  point and let the water out.  Make the hole large enough for a tea light. Usually the flat part at the bottom will be rather thick, and the opposite side thinner.
  • If you like, you can smooth out the opening at the top by letting warm water run in the sink.  Carefully rub the top of your ice light against the bottom of the warm sink until it’s melted to a nice shape. 🙂
Three magical ice lights!

 

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