I have one vegetarian, one picky eater, and one discerning palette in my house so that makes for some juggling come meal time. Pizza is versatile and we can have cheese, pesto with asparagus and pepperoni all without to much trouble.
I am blessed to live in Hong Kong and have live-in help. When I arrived in this smelly (I was pregnant) city 18 years ago and was 7 months pregnant, live-in help was a totally foreign idea to me. Over the 18 years our helpers have become family. Who would have known that my helper, Helen, who just retired back to the Philippines after 20 years in Hong Kong was the helper of a woman who has turned out to be one of my best friends. Who could have guessed my best friend also would have two daughters almost the exact same ages as my girls and that these girls are still best friends despite being separated by an ocean. Who could have guessed that Helen’s young daughter who use to visit her from the Philippines at my friends house is now my helper and, the point to all this is, who knew that she would train at a cooking school in the Philippines. I’m sorry but this is not just all a coincidence, I call these Godincidents! A term I picked up from another good friend’s husband.
The point is that regardless of when people come into our lives or how they come into our lives it is a chance for us to sit back and listen to what God is saying and ponder why this person stepped on our path. 18 years ago when I was very pregnant and met my friend to talk about a play date with our soon to be born kids I had no idea the relationships that would be formed from that coffee. God had some plan for us and that plan is still unfolding.
That friend’s husband I mentioned who taught me Godincident, well they are from the Philippines and support an amazing charity here in Hong Kong. They asked me to go to a Banquet for this charity about 5 years ago. I went, I donated, I was changed! For 3 years I donated so a a preschool could run for 1 year and then I thought I need to go and experience this in the Philippines. It is one thing to donate, but to be able to go and see how your donation is helping so many was amazing. I took my kids the last two years and we were shocked at how little these people have but more importantly how they always smile. Many have no running water, no toilets (they dig and cover), very substandard housing, no air con (that’s what we call air-conditioning), no shoes and the country is hot all year round. I don’t think I need to go on, you get the idea. My point is my helper Helen and her daughter “happen” to be from the same provence that this charity helps in the Philippines. Coincidence? No Godincident! Helen was always so grateful that we were going to her hometown to help her people. So today, be thankful for new people that come into your life. You may just be in for a wonderful journey.
20 Minute Pizza Dough
I love this pizza dough because you don’t need to let it rise for hours but just 5 minutes. If I have time I will let it rise 15-20 minutes. The recipe came from an old cookbook my mom gave my sister and I many years ago called Favorite Foods from the Ozark Woods.
1 C warm water
1 pkg yeast
1/2 tsp sugar
3 C flour or 1 1/2 C white flour and 1 1/2 C wheat flour
1/2 t salt
dash or salt or garlic powder
corn meal (optional)
Preheat oven to 400-425F
1. Combine warm water, yeast, and sugar and let stand 10 minutes
2. Add salt and approximately 3 cups flour. Mix and knead together
3. Grease bowl and let dough rise for up to 20 minutes or up to 1 hour
4. Sprinkle corn meal on pizza pans
5. Separate into two balls and press into pizza pan for thin pizzas or press into one 14 inch square pan for thicker crust
6. Bake for about 15-20 minutes until golden brown
Get creative! Some of our favorites are:
Fresh tomato sauce (2 C cherry tomatoes, 1 garlic clove, and some fresh basil whizzed up in Vitamix) fresh mozzarella, and pepperoni.
Pesto (homemade is so much better) and asparagus
Ricotta and Proscuitto