Maybe I need more coffee in my life.
Since compiling my Life List about a week ago, it’s been interesting to see how motivated I feel about some of the things… and how disappointed in myself I can quickly get about others. I’m not talking about running 10 miles or learning to speak Italian. I’m talking about things like ‘wake up earlier’ or ‘drink more water.’ What is it about the easy things that seem difficult?
Instead of getting discouraged, I kindly reminded myself that I’m a mere WEEK into the 1001 days allotted to meet my goals.
Baby steps, Amber. Baby steps.
For a little confidence boost, I thought I’d knock off two things today. Double up on accomplishment! Let’s tackle Item #2 and Item #8 together, shall we?
Life List #2: Make pizza dough from scratch.
Live yeast freaks me out. There’s no reason for this- it’s just unfamiliar. I picked up multiple packets of it today, though, knowing I’ll also need it to make bread sometime (another item on the list).
I looked online for recipes and found that making pizza dough seems to be a pretty easy process. I was lucky enough to have a kitchen assistant who wants to perfect this recipe as much as I do. As I gathered ingredients, I thought, ‘Really, this is all it takes? This, and a little elbow grease?’
We followed the directions, took turns kneading the dough, let it rest, watched it double in size, let it rest some more. The punching was my favorite part.
And there you have it, homemade pizza dough (and two balls of it in the freezer for other feasts)! Cross it off the list!
Life List #8: Try one new recipe each week.
This is a continual item on the list, and one that was sort of a freebie to myself. I love to be in the kitchen, and I show my love to others with food I make for them. I’d seen this recipe by the lovely Giada on her show and then again in a magazine this week, so I gave it a shot.
I always make a tweak or two to any written recipe to make it my own, and this time, I used regular mozzarella (not smoked) and more garlic than called for, and added crushed red pepper and fresh shredded parmesan cheese before baking. My philosophy in the kitchen: good ingredients = good food.
I mean, I think I nailed it. It looks like the photo in the magazine, don’t you think?
There is always something really satisfying about enjoying a meal that you put your heart into. This one was new to me from start to finish, and guess what? It was scrumptious.
This week’s new recipe: CHECK. Happy husband-to-be and full belly: CHECK, CHECK.
P.S. Remind me to wear an apron next time.