Saturday, July 25, 2009

My(mostly) nourishing dinner(and lunch)!

Mmmm Rene and I enjoyed a(mostly) nourishing dinner of homemade pizza the other day!

The dough was homemade sourdough, the basil was organic, the tomatoes weren't exactly organic.. nor was the cheese made with raw milk(Hence the mostly nourishing part) but I made the pizza sauce!

It's really easy!

Pizza Sauce:

1 Medium onion coarsely chopped
4 Tomatoes coarsely chopped
2 Bay leaves
Fresh Oregano
Fresh Basil
Agave Syrup(Might not need it)
Dash of Olive oil
Small amount of water(Or chicken stock)

Put the onion and a little bit of oil in a sauce pan and gently fry until very soft and fragrant. Then add your tomatoes, oregano(Just the leaves, no stems, and add as much as you want, I used about a generous table spoon) Basil(Same thing as the oregano) and your 2 bay leaves. Also add about a shot glass full of water or chicken stock to this. Turn the heat down enough that you don't have to worry about the sugar in the tomatoes burning to the bottom of the pot, but hot enough to still cook your sauce(This was a lower medium high on my stove). Stir it every once and while, but for the most part you can just let it do it's thing. Once the tomatoes have dissolved for the most part, you need to make this sauce consistent, I have a flotte lotte that I use for this but you can use a stick blender, or whatever you have(Make sure you take the bay leaves out first). Then return it(and the bay leaves) to the heat and season it to your tastes, you can add pepper and salt if you like, or agave syrup if it's not sweet enough(Mine was fine without) you could also add garlic at the beginning when you add the tomatoes if you like. Let it simmer till it's a nice thick consistency, then use it. Simple.

The crust was just sourdough starter with some flour till it was a consistency I though was nice... and I let it rise for probably 5 hours. Not very precise.. and it ended up being almost too crunchy, we enjoyed it, but it wasn't how I wanted it to turn out. I'll use a recipe next time.

Then I assembled the pizzas and baked them :)

We liked it.

So an update on the laundry situation. I've been getting up, finding the laundry I want to wash, throwing it in the tub with some cold water and some soap. Then I let it sit for... like an hour or so. Then I stomp it and shake it till I figure it's washed, drain the tub, add some fresh water, repeat. Then it's a matter of wringing it out and hanging it.

Yesterday I had another brain wave though. Why can't the "rinse cycle" occur while I'm showering? I shower every morning anyways. There isn't anything in my shower routine that would mess up my clothes, or make them not clean. I tried it yesterday, it was perfect. Once I figured my clothes were good I just hung them up on the handy towel rack that someone installed in our tub(Kinda weird..) and finished up. Less time and water used.

I'm also going to start saving some of my shower water for rinsing my feet off during the day. It's super hot here in our lovely south facing apartment that doesn't have curtains, and my only salvation is dipping my feet in some water once and a while. But I feel bad using water just for that so if it was water that I used once already I wouldn't feel nearly as bad!


Isn't it?

P.S. I still don't have a job. I'm thinking about starting to sell some stuff...


Anonymous said...

That's a great idea for re-using some grey water. It's one area where I as an apartment dweller don't have many ideas. Good for you thinking outside the box (inside the tub!).