Biscuit pizza

I am not a fan of cooking on Fridays, something about the weekend just screams relax and get out the kitchen (unless it involves baking yummies ! Lol). My mom has this thing where she does NOT cook on Fridays either, pretty sure I’ve come to adopt her philosophy.

Anyway this past Friday, I needed something to feed mini and myself. We ate all of my meal prepped food for the week and I didn’t feel like standing at the stove to make something. Soo I thought about what I had in my kitchen and what felt Friday appropriate. Pizza.

[But when isn’t pizza appropriate? I mean come on, bread and cheese alone: yummmmm. Throw in some saucy tomato goodness and voila! Amazingness that you can eat with your hands. I seriously think pizza should be in the major food groups but what do I know. ]

Anyways, I didn’t have a premade crust, and I didn’t feel like attempting to make my own dough (which I will do soon cause I can, with my mixer!) but I had biscuits! You know the kind that come in the tube that you pop out and separate and bake for like 10 mins? Yup those, I’m sure you have some in your fridge right now. They are a great quick side for dinner so I know when they’re on sale I grab a few.

Anyway I popped those out and put them on a baking sheet, and pressed them flat. I didn’t use a rolling pin or anything, just used my fingers and kept pressing til I had a flatter disk to work with.

Then I spread tomato sauce on my mini pizzas.

I only had cheddar cheese so I layed that heavily and realized that I had some spinach so I shredded that up and only covered two before my oven was ready.

We really weren’t in a mood for waiting any longer for dinner 🙂 two spinach and 3 cheese it would be.

I baked them for about 15 mins at 350 and dinner was ready.

After enjoying them, I think I maybe could have cooked them longer? The crust wasn’t as crusty but I’m not sure if that’s because I was using a biscuit and not pizza dough lol. Maybe I could have precooked them for a few mins before adding my pizza toppings? They were good but not perfect. They did make a good quick fun dinner though !

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New toys

As you may or may not have noticed I have been baking! So much so that I have not had time to even post about it lol.

It’s pretty exciting for me, cause well everyone has given me great reviews on my yummies so far. And that makes my heart happy; that I can make their tummies happy. 🙂

Anyway, I got a few goodies at the store that I’m super excited about. Honestly I only went in for a cake box and some fondant, (going to try and make my own cause i heard the wilton one is not tasty but i want to practice modeling and flowers with it), BUT I saw a bunch of stuff on sale (!!) that I wanted to get in the future anyway…You know I love a good sale and/or clearance finds, especially when i have a 20% entire purchase coupon. It’s like they knew I was coming 🙂

Picked up (and borrowed these images from google) :

large size roller ( i also have 2 small ones)

Flower stamens

Drying rack for flowers

Flower formers

sweet pea cutters

brushes (for dusting)

a couple of clearance cake boards

some wiltons decorated preferred fondant

a box to hold an 8″ cake

and i think that’s about it? i’m not entirely sure as I’ve put everything away now lol.

i also purchased from amazon a set that includes a fondant smoother, roller, modeling tools, and fondant plungers and cutters.

im soo excited 😀 😀

Chana Masala & Garlic Roti

Years ago, my dad and I went to a family friend’s sister’s house.

They were a nice older Jamaican couple, and she cooked dinner for us. I don’t remember everything she made, (and haven’t seen her since) except for this red chick pea dish. Chick peas were relatively new to me, and I don’t know what she put in them but to this day I have always thought about that one time that I had the red chick pea dish.

On a few occasions I have researched red chick peas dishes, but I didn’t really find much.

A few days ago, I took chick peas out and they had been staring at me on the kitchen counter waiting to be used. But everyday I came home and i was so unmotivated to do anything spectacular with them, plus i had food from meal prepping anyway. So the chick peas sat, and they sat…

Until the red chickpea dish memory came into my mind again! I was determined to do something remotely close to what I had tasted and was persistent enough this time to not stop until i found a recipe or starting point.

I finally stumbled onto an indian dish called chana masala or chole masala or punjabi chole. (I don’t know why i didn’t search indian red chickpea dish before)

The recipes I found called for things I didn’t have in my kitchen, and I didn’t have time to go out and get them before dinner that night so I improvised and did my own version. Unfortunately I didn’t capture my journey except for one final plate picture, but I’ll tell you what I did:

CHANA MASALA

Chick peas

garlic cloves

onion

garlic salt

black pepper

Cumin

Tumeric

Garlic Powder

Onion Powder

(Some recipes call for ginger, garam masala, coriander seeds, chili peppers, paprika, ..)

1. Minced garlic and onion. Let that simmer in a pan with olive oil.

2. Chopped up some tomatoes and threw that in as well.

3. Added garlic powder, onion powder, a little turmeric, cumin, black pepper, garlic salt.

4. Added in my chickpeas, a little water, and a small can of tomato sauce.

5.Simmered all of that, and covered it almost all the way for a while. Taste your sauce as you go, if it’s not amazing add in whatever else you think it needs. I clean my plate of chick peas and sauce altogether, and mini me helped!

GARLIC ROTI

(The perfect thing to sop up all that delicious sauce!)

1.5 cups flour (i like self rising flour for this but all purpose works too)

A little salt

Garlic powder

Water

(this will make like 4)

1. Combine all the dry ingredients.

2. Add in the water a 1/4 cup at a time; you’re trying to make a dough.

3. Knead the dough when you get the right consistency. Don’t over knead it, and make sure you flour your surface for when you roll it out.

4. Break off bits of the dough and roll them out til you get flattish disks. I prefer mine to be a little on the thick size, maybe 1/4″ thick ? But i know of roti that is made to be much thinner.

5. Heat a pan with some oil. Put in your roti when the oil is hot and cook on each side. You don’t want to overcook them or they’ll get tough.

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