We used to get in from work on a Friday and peruse the list of takeaways by the phone. Sometimes we had a Chinese takeaway and used to walk to the end of the road, order our supper and go for a drink in the ‘Millbridge’ (legend of a pub in Plymouth – rough as rats but ‘our local’) and then come home with almost £20 of take away in plastic bags. Or, we used to get on the phone and wait for Dominoes to deliver our pizza, dips, coke etc and sit round with the kids and eat and would again cost us around £20. For £1.35 of ingredients we make our own pizza now.
3 cups of bread flour, 1 sachet of dried yeast, 1 cup of warm water, 1 teaspoon on salt, 4 pieces of sun dried tomatoes – finely chopped and put into bread machine to do the kneeding and rising and take out 15 minutes later when that is complete. (Still quicker than the take away ). whilst everything is kneeding away in the bread machine, I chop, grate and prepare and wash up so there is little left to do. we got a total bargain from Morrisons last night of Parma ham reduced from £5.50 to 99p! and we used half of it tonight on the pizza, along with two large mushrooms, half an onion, 100g of grated cheddar and two tomatoes.
After kneeding, roll out of floured board, use a few spoons of pasta sauce (we had some left from a previous meal in the fridge) and place in a hot oven for 20 minutes and serve. I will only use half the cheese next time as it was too thick and too cheesy but dearly beloved adores pizza and knows he will get some thing ‘bad for him’ every Friday night and we certainly save lots of money making our own ‘take away’.