I’ve been enjoying my last holiday as a student by relaxing, doing fun photoshoots and introducing a new member to the household; my kitten, Jaska. I like to joke that I wanted a kitten name that sounded like IKEA furniture, but really it means “quiet” in an ancient Nordic language, as he was sleeping so quietly and looking very peaceful when I met him for the first time. Life’s been a bit of a blur since I got Jaska, I seem to always be playing with him, training him, cuddling him, grooming or cleaning up after him. It’s my first cat and I am very excited :)
Anyway, I managed to squeeze in this month’s challenge between all the crazy cat lady stuff, so here it is:
The challenge was to use a cast iron pan. There’s not a huge range at the shops in Perth (or perhaps I was not looking in the right places) but I managed to source a little Le Creuset skillet at the last minute in a lovely bright red colour. I look forward to experimenting more with cast iron, I have never cooked with it before but it is handy that I can put it in the oven from the stove, and it will work with an induction cooktop too! We currently have an electric stove (no gas here) and are hoping to upgrade to induction at some point in the future.
I used this recipe for Foolproof Pan Pizza, which looks delicious, however, clearly I am quite the fool as this pizza was a bit of a flop taste-wise! I would like to try it again with different cheese – I ended up using a kind of provolone cheese that was far too salty for my taste because I couldn’t find dry mozarella until 2 days after I shot this. Also, in my opinion, there was a bit too much oil in the recipe, so I’d like to reduce that and try again. I’m happy with the look of it though ;)
I leaned over to Tom and asked him how my photos look. He said “Looks good! Much better than it tasted!” Hahaha – I agree!
Let me know if you try the recipe and have any more luck than I did or have tips on making pan pizza, clearly I could use some help :)
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