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#MissionSamsung 3 – Challenge 1: Weekend Night Feast Challenge

This is the 3rd Samsung Mission that we as a website are participating in and I feel super honoured to be holding the reigns for this Mission that involves my ultimate favourite past time in the world – Cooking!  For this mission we received a brand new Samsung Smart Microwave Oven, and believe you me, this thing is SMART and beautiful.  As a Samsung appliance lover, I could not wait to dig in and start cooking, playing around with all the functions – but that part I will tell you all about in the last mission…

And so the planning started, with the inputs of my own two little chefs in the house and the YellowCapMaster himself.  The outcome:  Big Cook, Little Cook weekend pizza party.  The shopping list was compiled and we were off to the shops – and having two little ones with loads of ideas, the shopping list just grew and grew while we shopped.

Preparation of the ingredients started as our guests arrived just in time for the rugby and as with any social gathering I know, men to the living room to watch the rugby and ladies to the kitchen for some wine and gossip.  Unfortunately, our littlest Chef could not handle all the excitement of the evening and fell asleep in Ouma’s lap just as we started the proving process, but we made sure to make him a small pizza that he can enjoy the next day by using the Smart Reheat function 1 – 7.

The recipe I used for the base was one I received when I was myself studying to be a Chef, simple, easy and fool proof.

Basic Pizza dough

Makes 4 medium sized pizzas

INGREDIENTS:

  • 10 g (1 packet) instant dry yeast
  • 500 g cake flour
  • 10 ml salt
  • 20 ml sugar
  • 340 ml lukewarm water

METHOD:

  • Place instant dry yeast, cake flour, salt and sugar in a mixing bowl.  Mix well.
  • Add the water and mix to a soft dough.
  • Knead thoroughly.  
  • Should the dough be too stiff, add more water.  (about 15ml at a time)
  • Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until dough is smooth.
  • Place in a large greased bowl, cover with cling wrap.
  • If you have a Samsung Smart Oven, place it in the oven and set it on the dough proof function and press start. (it will take about 40 minutes)
  • Remove from  the bowl and knock down the dough (knead it again quickly)
  • Divide dough into four equal portions, and roll each portion out into a thin circle with a diameter of about 23 cm.
  • Place the pizza on your “magical plate” as my daughter calls it.
  • Cover the base with tomato puree and a mixture of mozarella and cheddar and top with your favourite toppings.
  • Finish off by sprinkling dry or fresh oreganum over and bake using the convection setting on the smart oven until pizza is cooked, slightly crispy along the sides and smelling delicious.

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Being in the Hospitality industry, it is difficult to make a pizza to resemble my personality, as I love trying out new products, equipment and styles constantly as I need to be aware of what’s in and what’s out all the time since I also teach Professional Cookery to students.  Sometimes I prefer something simple, and sometimes I like weird and interesting combinations of food eg: mielies, covered in peanut butter, wrapped in bacon and grilled on a charcoal braai – weird I know, but do not judge it until you have tried it.  So here is my pizza that I made last night:

Big Mommy Cook Special:

INGREDIENTS:

  • Tomato paste base with a hint of garlic oil
  • Lots and lots of mozarella and cheddar cheese
  • Bbq chicken strips
  • Hickory ham
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • Green canned asparagus
  • Crispy fried bacon bits
  • Ground black pepper
  • Dried oreganum
  • Fresh oreganum
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After

For our other guests we had a whole table of different toppings where they could make their own signature pizzas.  What fun we had with everyones tastes and preferences, and of course everyone wanted to taste each others pizza and debated on whose pizza was the nicest – but a comment that stuck with me was that my 5 year old daughters pizza looked the best of all.  

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The definite highlight of the evening was dessert – make your own dessert pizza, with a choice of caramel or chocolate spread as a base.  I made mini pizza bases and everyone chose their own toppings for their dessert pizzas that we served with lots of sprinkles, strawberries and of course creamy vanilla ice cream.

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Mission 3 Challenge 1 – SUCCESS!!!!  #MissionSamsung

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