Last night we made a "caterpillar pizza" inspired by the Spotted Snake Pizza in Favorite Family Meals by Annabel Karmel. Our interpretation was faster and required fewer ingredients but was still satisfyingly caterpillar-ish enough to Ivo. I also made a quick and easy tomato sauce that Ivo always enjoys for dipping. Here's the recipe:
1 14 oz. can of diced tomatoes
1 6 oz can of tomato paste
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
sprinkle of garlic salt
Mix tomatoes and tomato paste together in a pan over low heat. Stir in the remaining ingredients and heat through. Adjust the seasonings to suit your taste.
Here's the picture of the pizza in the book, which features fresh mozzarella and black olive eyes. Oh yes, and each of those little dough circles contains a little square of cheddar cheese (surprise! yum). We omitted those steps and will never speak of them again. Until Ivo is old enough to read the recipe and realize he's been missing out on secret melty cheddar all this time. Until then, shortcuts.
Favorite Family Meals is a fun and useful cookbook that I check out from the library all the time. In fact last week when I took it out again I noticed a little muffin batter sticky spot on the back cover that we were responsible for. oops. But it reminded me to make those carrot pineapple muffins again. We served them to friends this afternoon with not a crumb left over. I don't think they have ever lasted longer than 24 hours, even though the recipe makes 36 mini muffins. That is some crowd-pleasin' carrot cake indeed!
In other food news, I just returned home from the library with my latest cookbook discovery, which I'm hoping will be another frequent-flyer at our house. The book is How to Be a Domestic Goddess: baking and the art of comfort cooking by Nigella Lawson, who looks ever so slightly intimidating in a chef extrodinaire sort of way on the back cover (I've never seen her tv show so this is all I know of her) but writes in a warm, encouraging tone that makes me eager to jump right in and whip up a tart this very evening. Behold some images from my new favorite cookbook:
oh, for me! how lovely. you really shouldn't have . . .
well, I could have just a teensy sliver of pie if you insist. . .
And this darling little stack of buttermilk pancakes too, oh my . . .
and since I'm on a diet, I'll take the even numbers only. 2,4,6,8, hmmm. . . do you happen to have 10 laying around somewhere? No, well then I'll take the odds. And thank you ever so much for that bit of afternoon tea. Now, what ever we will do about supper?