We so often turn to food in times of trouble. Our dear friends Dan and Karen let us all know yesterday that they were going to take their sweet cat Fuzzy in for her final vet appointment. I was crying just thinking about it. I emailed them and offered to bring them dinner, as I knew they probably wouldn't eat, otherwise. They took me up on that offer.
Fuzzy wound up rallying enough that her "parents" decided it wasn't time yet, so they cancelled her appointment. I still brought them dinner as they'd had a very rough day.
I'd bought a Japanese eggplant at the Asian grocery last weekend, so I decided to make pizza using this recipe. I modified things by adding mushrooms and replacing the parmesan, which gives me migraines, with mozzarella. The crust was a breeze to whip up. My pizza dough recipe, which makes 2 regular-crust pizzas or 4 thin-crust or individual pizzas:
2 envelopes active dry yeast (I used just over a tablespoon of bulk yeast)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
2 cups warm water
5 cups all-purpose flour
olive oil (I just drizzle in enough to make the dough easier to work with, probably a tablespoon or so)
Combine the yeast, salt, sugar, and warm water in a bowl. Cover and leave in a warm place for 10 minutes, or until foamy. Place flour in a bowl. Make a well in the center, add the yeast mixture and olive oil, and mix well.
Knead the dough on a floured surface for 5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. For 2 thick-crust pizzas, divide in half, then roll each portion out to a 14-inch round. For 4 thin-crust pizzas, divide in 4, then roll each portion out.
Sprinkle a pizza pan with cornmeal. Place the dough onto the pan. Top and cook according to recipe.
My pizzas don't always come out into perfect circles, but that's okay:
Those cheap foil pans come in handy when taking food to people. I made up 2 of those disposable pans with individual-sized pizzas and brought them over with baking instructions attached. This was a very simple meal to make up and bring to my friends who were having a very difficult day. It's such an easy thing to do that can mean so much to someone.