• Saturday, 20 December 2014

    Date Night Idea: Pizza Making

    Guys, I hate the phrase 'date night.' It just conjures up some awfully cheesy image in my head and a lot of smug couples on my instagram feed. But, I'm fully behind the concept and I can't think of another phrase that would suit it, so I've given in to the term. As I've been with Jay for over three and a half years now and we have an actual adult life to concentrate on, we do need to take time out to just have fun together. But, we're poor. Like, really poor. Which means cinema trips, restaurant dates and exciting day visits out are really not an option right now. So we're getting creative and we're sharing the wealth. If you, like me, are feeling the pinch - and the cold, it's December don't you know - you should try one of our at home date nights. And for our first one, home-made pizza night!

    Everyone likes pizza and you'll be surprised how easy it is to make at home. We used the recipe from BBC Good Food (which is where I get literally all of my recipes) and made a huge mess. Dough is sticky and there's a lot of flour involved, but it's all part of the fun. We didn't really need to buy much as we had practically all of the toppings at home anyway and then it was just the bread flour and the yeast sachets which were less than a fiver for both of them. The recipe made enough for two huge pizzas (that neither of us finished - hello cold pizza breakfast the next day) and we've got another batch in the freezer for next time. The great thing about pizza is you can be as creative and individual as you like. I'm definitely a hawaiin kind of girl, whereas Jay's much more of a BBQ sauce man.

    It's a fairly self-explanatory process, cut your toppings, mix and knead your dough and then try to roll it out into something pizza-ish-shaped. Professionals do it with a flip method, which we both attempted and failed at. Pictures were taken and they were a failure too. Once you've eventually got it rolled out, which is a great process if you need to take out some frustration, chuck the toppings on, throw it into the oven and wait for the deliciousness to cook.

    It takes about 20 minutes ish, on 180, but just keep an eye on it until it looks golden-brown and tasty. Grab it, serve it, eat it. Relish in your own glory of being the most perfect pizza maker ever. Discuss this theory with significant other and get a weird expression in return. Stuff yourself to the point of nearly dying and then happily fall asleep on the sofa in front of some terrible tv show, fat and happy. An excellent Saturday night. 

    I'd love to know what you guys do when you're in need of some inexpensive entertainment, let us know your ideas.

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