Homemade Pizza

The ten minutes of kneading involved in making your own pizza crust provided enough tension relief to save my sanity as I was preparing this Lamb, Goat Cheese & Rosemary pizza. I discovered there was just enough yeast left in the jar to make the dough so I ever-so-carefully inverted it so as not to lose a single grain as I measured it into my bowl. Not carefully enough, it turns out. The jar slipped right out of my hands, went crashing to the tile floor and sent shards of glass spraying at least 10 feet away.


It was 5 o’clock in the evening and I was already pushing my luck for adequate natural light for photography (food bloggers reading this feel my anxiety). Faced with having to vacuum and wipe down the floor to restore safe travels for my barefoot 2-year-old, I was ready to give up on the pizza-making for the day. But my ever-supportive husband encouraged me to stick it out. While I cleaned up he zipped out to Vons and picked up a new jar of yeast for me. He kept the kids occupied while I made my dough – believe me, I enjoyed every minute of kneading out my frustrations – and I finished the pizza…at 7:30 PM.

Yes, these photos were taken moments before sunset in the only scrap of light I could find – outside on the picnic table of my daughter’s playhouse. The good news is we loved this pizza. It’s definitely loaded. Perhaps you can see the layer of fresh Roma tomatoes lining the bottom, as well as the sundried tomatoes mixed in with the seasoned ground lamb, the crumbled goat cheese and, of course, red and green bell peppers on top. And that crust? You know, this time it seemed to taste better than any of the others I’ve made before. 🙂

Lamb, Goat Cheese & Rosemary Pizza

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  1. Marisa wrote:

    And yet, amid all that chaos you managed to create a masterpiece! Looking real good with all those Greek influences jostling for attention on the troublesome base. 🙂

    Posted 8.11.10 Reply
  2. Colleen wrote:

    Ok, now you’ve got me craving pizza. Looks delicious!

    Posted 8.11.10 Reply
  3. Kathryn wrote:

    That looks SO good- I’m obsessed with goat’s cheese! You should try this recipe– it’s a warm goat cheese salad and it’s to die for!

    Posted 8.12.10 Reply
  4. Well it turned out to be a gorgeous looking pizza, quite a tasty flavor combination, too! I completely understand regarding the natural light. I’m new to food photography and am already panicking about what to do once it starts turning dark on my drive home. Oh the life of food bloggers! 🙂

    Posted 8.13.10 Reply
  5. Memoria wrote:

    I know all too well how depending on sunlight for photos can affect your baking/cooking behavior haha. Nevertheless, your photos managed to come out perfectly.

    Posted 8.15.10 Reply
  6. Boy if I had broken a bottle on the floor like that, I would have given up right there. Lucky thing you persevered – that pizza looks deeeelicious. The recipe sounds pretty easy, too.

    Posted 8.22.10 Reply