Day 12 – We go to a potluck birthday party

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February 16, 2009 by missmegany

Our friend Nina had a Mad Hatter’s Birthday party on Friday. Unfortunately I forgot about the hat part and ended up wearing my fleece/wool hat ALL night which was a bit hot because it was the only one I had.

Mac and I haven’t really figured out how we are going to account for the pot luck. I ate a LOT. I ate cheese!!!! Glorious, wonderful cheese!!! Heather was apologising because she didn’t have time to make anything, but Mac and I were absolutely over the moon with it. I hadn’t realised how much I had missed it!!! I also ate some bean salad, some pesto pasta salad, a nice warm vegetable and cheese-topped bake, a bunch of olives, a cupcake, some mini-rice krispy squares, and probably a bunch more food. Plus two pieces or three pieces of our pizza. DEFINITELY more than our £2 in that meal, let alone that day. Not too much was wasted, which was good. I’m sure whatever was left (some pasta salad, a bit of cake) was eaten after I left.
Needless to say, this kinda screws up our totals.

Breakfast – Megan – three pieces of toast and jam – 15p, tea –3p, Mac – 2 pieces of toast and jam – (4p + 9p) 13p
Lunch
– Megan and Mac – leftover beet and broccoli – 41p + couscous from last night 13p
At Work – Megan had a cup of tea – 4p, Mac did too 3p
Dinner
– Nina’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – we made vegan pizza with bits we had in the fridge and cupboard. And it was great!
Riverford75p

Megan – £1.48 without counting dinner. Mac – £1.45

Quick and Easy Pizza Dough – this recipe came from here but is ever-so-slightly adapted- I LOVE this dough recipe. SUPER easy.
Ingredients
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

Directions
Combine 2 c flour, salt, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl.
Mix in oil and warm water.
Add in more flour bit by bit to get the right consistency. It might take less than a cup, it might take more. Trust your instincts.
Shape into a ball.
Put in a oil lined bowl. Or just a regular bowl.
Let it sit for 20 min.
Roll out onto a floured surface to the right size — I usually divide the dough in half and put it on two baking sheets. Keep it fairly thick.
If possible, lightly grease the baking sheets AND add a bit of rough corn meal to the sheet so it won’t stick.
Bake at 375 degrees C (190 degrees C) for 10 or so minutes.
Take out, add sauce and toppings.
Return to oven for an additional 15 min (or longer depending on whether you need to cook your toppings further.

While resting the dough, make the sauce and prepare your toppings.
Ultra-cheap sauce (this I made up… normally I’d throw together a nice sauce with chopped tomatoes, let it simmer for 40min with spices, etc. I didn’t have that much time)
1/2 a can of tomato paste (maybe 1/4 c? maybe a bit less?)
water (enough to mix well)
1/2 tsp spices (I put in a couple pinches of bread oil seasoning my mom put in my stocking ages ago. Minced garlic, oregano, basil, garlic powder, and chili flakes also work well)
pinch of sugar

We made garlic mushrooms and carmelised onions as our toppings, along with slices of olives. Both are made by thinly slicing the mushrooms & garlic or the onions and heating slowly in oil in a pan for 20-40min. You want to slowly brown them, but have it cook gradually. The onions also had a pinch or two of sugar added to them while they were halfway through cooking which helps to carmelise them.

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