Homemade Pizza and Tapas

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Our flat is pretty famous among our friends for good grub and our delicious Sunday dinners (even if I do say so myself)! You'd never expect that we were students! I always feel that a full fridge and a decent meal makes a good home so we always make quite the effort with our meals. I absolutely love cooking and experimenting with different recipes so you'll always find me procrastinating my cooking up something yummy! I'm a great believer that anyone can cook - you just need to follow a good recipe carefully! So for each dish I've linked the recipe I found works best.

Last week my flatmate Hannah and I surprised our other flatmate Emily with our take on a sort of buffet/tapas-esque Sunday tea (don't worry, we love a roast but it's nice to have a change!).

First of all we made homemade pizzas with a variety of toppings. Please excuse the misshapen attempts! The beauty about this recipe is that you don't need to leave the dough to rise which is perfect for us impatient munchers! The first pizza was split into two halves. The first half had the usual base with Wiltshire smoked ham and pineapple pieces on it. The other half was our 'posh margarita' which had mixed peppers, fresh basil and sundried tomatoes (those black things that appetisingly resemble slugs...)

The next pizza was also half and half. Check us, pretty much Dominoes! The first half had mixed peppers, fresh basil and chunks of spicy chorizo! This was Hannah's favourite. Then finally we had the Wiltshire ham, sundried tomatoes and parmesan half. Nom nom nom, this was by far my top choice!

We also made Syracuse salt potatoes which are my total guilty pleasure as I love any type of salty food! I also experimented by making olive tapenade which tastes a lot better than it looks! I first had this when I was in Crete in August/September but its delicious when you dip bread in.

The next wee dishes we had in our selection were a couple of salads. We had a regular salad and we also had a good ol' Jamie Oliver recipe in the mix here: a cucumber salad. This is really tasty with just that little kick of chilli.

Finally to go along with the food we made an 'English Tea' cocktail, of course serving it in a teapot! Kind of had to didn't we?! This was really fresh and delicious although quite aromatic.

To make this you need the following ingredients and just simply mix together and serve in a pretty jug/glass:
  • 2oz/50ml vodka
  • 6oz/168ml Earl Grey tea
  • 1oz/28ml lemon juice
  • dash of sugar syrup (which is easily made with sugar and hot water)
  • mint leaves
  • ice cubes
  • lemon slices

So this is what my final plate looked like although we went back for seconds (and thirds) on everything! The recipes are all really easy to follow and the best part? Almost everything we needed was bought from Lidl (apart from capers). I know some people might see this as quite a task but I really enjoy putting effort into a nice meal and sitting round with my flatmates once a week and catching up on the chat. We normally all have different schedules so its nice to have dinner together. 

The recipe I'm currently dying to try is Rosie @ The Londoner's Gruyere Baskets. I'm a sucker for anything involving hot melted cheese!

Please let me know if you tried any of the recipes or have any recommendations for me to try?
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  1. Oh wow the food all looks incredible, especially the pizzas :) xx

    1. Ah thank you! They are so easy to make and really yummy! xx

  2. that looks like such a delicious hearty meal!! :D

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    1. Thank you! I maybe like my food at little too much haha!


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