You would have thought that being out in the country would yield more food options than the big bad city we live in. Farms, local producers and all that? Nope. What we got was the venerable Food Town (where getting mint is a stretch) or the meager farmer's market that opened this weekend and had only doughnuts.
So we had to be a little imaginative and also cater to the myriad dietary requirements of the team of nine – three vegetarians, one lactose intolerant and a shellfish allergy. Thank God pizza stepped in to save the day.
Before going on a day trip, I had my first go at making pizza dough. Unfortunately, when we got back, four hours later, the dough had not risen at all. We used it anyway, and got five more pounds of dough from our beloved Food Town.
Inspired by this recipe in Gourmet, which we made, we kept going and going with our seven pounds of pizza dough. Here's what we made:
Gorgonzola dolce, caramelized onion
Bresaola, parmesan and arugula
Buffalo mozzarella and cherry tomato
Eggplant and tomato sauce
Ramps, mixed wild mushroom and parmesan
Grilled vegetables and tomato sauce
Salami, buffalo mozzarella and tomato sauce
Correct me if I have forgotten any, youse people. I'm still getting over eating that much pizza in one sitting. Well two, we had the rest cold for breakfast the next day. It was a really lovely communal event, all of us coming up with different toppings. Thanks to Tom who ruled on oven rotation duty!