It was Food Revolution Day last Friday and Giulia of Mondomulia invited us to a pizza masterclass at her house. Equipped with my new toy, I joined Sam & Hannah who were the fellow ‘students’ for the evening.
Giulia made recipe cards for each of us and had already set up a table full of ingredients for the workshop. We tried being attentive students whilst Giulia went through the importance of great ingredients and how to make pizza dough from scratch. The best bit of the evening came when we tried to toss the pizza dough. Out of the lot, one hit the ceiling and another ended on the floor. You can guess where mine went.
Whilst going through my photos, I was totally captured by the postures of the hand. Pizza preparation comes down to good dough and pizza tossing skills. I believe the following describes how our evening went before we indulged in our hand made pizzas topped with cooked ham, marinated artichokes and mozzarella.
You can read more about the pizza workshop on Mondomulia.
*Thanks Giulia for hosting Food Revolution Day 2013! I hope I can do it at mine next year!
I have been trying to find a local farmers’ market since we moved to the vicinity of Hampstead Heath and have tried to locate Parliament Hill farmers’ market sometime last year when I first heard about it. Didn’t manage to get near it the first time but last weekend we found it after 40 minutes of walking in the cold!
It was such a refreshing change, walking around, browsing fresh produce and selecting what we wanted to make for dinner. It is very different to being in the supermarket, which is a norm for me in London now. Back in Singapore, I would always accompany my parents to the wet market in the morning and supermarkets were less frequented.
We got a fresh sea bass which was cleaned in front of us once we selected it. Fresh organic vegetables were chosen next to go with our fish. We also bought some handmade spelt pasta from Seriously Italian for only £2.50 which we cooked in sage and butter the following evening. Such a simple dish and extremely fresh and tasty!
Bath Soft Cheese Company was handling out cheeses for tasting and we ended up buying blue cheese which the dude loved. I am not a big fan of blue cheese and instead was actually really taken by their wyfe cheese which was like a cheddar and it tasted divine. Didn’t end up getting any as they were out of it but we will definitely be back for it next week!
If you live in the vicinity, you should definitely check this farmers’ market out! Even if you don’t, head to Hampstead Heath on a Saturday morning and you might get a snowy scene like this whilst shopping!
When: Every Saturday 10am-2pm
Where: William Ellis School, off Highgate Road. NW5 1RN.
It has been a little quiet on Dishpiglets as there were two weddings to prepare for in December but we promise lots more activity in the new year so please keep coming back to visit us! Here are some photos of our Christmas preparation this year in Melbourne Australia. It’s good to be escaping the cold in London and to be with family!
Dishpiglets would like to wish everyone a joyous and Merry Christmas!
Croissants are my guilty pleasures. Once in a while, we need a little perk-me-up and a coffee just to get through the week.
I remember someone once told me that Girona in Spain was like heaven, to her. On this particular Greek island which I went to, we met a Greek guy who owns a local bar. He told us of his adventure to one of the Thai islands, and in his own words, described that when he opened the window to their lodge, he thought he was in paradise. I suppose we all have our little get away place, our own kind of heaven or perhaps paradise.
This was my second trip to this Greek island, one which my fellow dishpiglet, Celia has had many visits to.
There are no Michelin star restaurants on this island, just simple tavernas. Not all our meals were great but we did have amazing greek salads, grilled squid and simple Mythos beer.
Nothing could beat this week of bliss and below is a photo diary of my paradise.