Simple cooking is more than just a recipe with a few ingredients that is quick and easy to prepare. Simple is a philosophy that extends into all aspects of life. Not that some problems aren’t very complicated, but usually the simplest approach to fixing problems is the best. “Bird by Bird” is what my wife always says.
Food that is in season is simple. It doesn’t have to be frozen or canned or processed in any way.
Food that is local is simple. It doesn’t have to be flown or trucked from another part of the world.
Food that is organic is simple. Petrochemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides are complicated and expensive chemicals that have to be manufactured, shipped and applied. They are proven to be hazardous and upset the balance of our planet.
Food that is raised on open land is simple. The massive cow and chicken farms that contain animals are unhealthy for the animals, requiring anti-biotics to keep them from getting sick. This is complicated, dangerous and not nice to the animals.
Eating good food is simple. It has been well documented that lessening calorie intake and eliminating processed foods from our diet is healthy, therefore saving on healthcare costs and enhancing quality of life.
Therefore, cooking whole food, not too much, mainly plants is SIMPLE. And I like simple.
Here is a simple, unleavened (does not need to rise) pizza dough. When cooked, it is as much like a cracker as your normal pizza crust, thin and a little crunchy.
Makes 8-10 pizzas
- 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
- 1 Cup Semolina Flour
- 1 Cup Water
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- Large Mixing Bowl
- Flat Surface
- Rolling Pin
- Chef’s Knife
- Parchment Paper
- Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Slowly add the water, stirring constantly. I like to use my hands.
- Dust a clean, flat surface with flour. (I use a big piece of marble, but most counter tops will do)
- Kneed the dough for about a minute.
- Cut into 8-10 equal pieces and cover with a clean towel.
- One at a time, press down to form a disc.
- With a well floured rolling pin, carefully roll out to form a paper thin skin. I leave them in whatever shape they end up, but if you are one of those that thinks pizza should be round, you can cut off excess using a plate as a guide.
- Repeat until all are flat. Stack them on a plate with parchment paper in between to keep them from sticking.
If you are not going to have a pizza party, you can freeze them in a plastic freezer bag until you crave a pizza. Stay tuned for a delicious pizza.
On this date: Born, John Foster Dulles, 1888