Tuesday, January 4, 2011


We had baked a second ham for new year  and there was a lot left over, Our older grandkids were having tea with us, I decided to chop up some of the ham and couple of chorizo sausages left over from the breakfast dish and fry it ready for a meat pizza.  I also mixed up a batch of Olive Oil Bread from the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a day book in readiness for the base. My grandson assembled his with a bbq base and the two meats, capsicum, shallots and his own secret blend of herbs and spices.  I thought I would try rolling a thick crust with cheese enclosed and  I used a tomato base and corn along with the meats, shallots, capsicum and cheese.  I simply sprinkled some garlic salt and italian herbs on it.

My grandson had been promised he could make the macaroon recipe I had printed out from Nigella Lawsons site over the holiday period.  He made a good job of them and we had them for dessert.



  • 2 large egg whites
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground almonds
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or coconut extract, should such be available)
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons shredded coconut


1 baking sheet, lined with parchment or wax paper
Preheat the oven to 325°F.
Beat the egg whites until frothy—no more—then add the cream of tartar and carry on beating, Missus, until soft peaks are formed. Add the sugar a teaspoon at a time and whisk until the peaks can hold their shape and are shiny. Fold in the almonds, salt, vanilla, and coconut. The mixture will be sticky but should, all the same, hold its shape when clumped together.
Form into clementine-sized domes, 2 to 3 inches in diameter. Don’t make them too flat; they look best if you keep them nicely rounded, but this is really just a matter of personal taste, so follow your own.
Cook for 20 minutes or until they’re just beginning to turn golden in parts.


  1. The pizzas and the macaroons look delicious! I think it's so great that you're cooking with your grandkids - making wonderful memories!

  2. Thank you Gwen, I am lucky as neither of these have weight problems, are very active and can burn off the calories.

  3. Wow, that's quite a pizza. I would love all the ingredients you've used. And macaroons for dessert, it doesn't get much better than that. What a nice day.

  4. My kids (those who bake using HB in 5 (2 out of 3)) most often use it for pizza or calzones. It is so easy and, as yours attest, they turn out great. But you should have put some peppers on them ;-) Wish were could wear short sleeves here his time of year without mortgaging ourselves to the gas company.

  5. Yummy looking pizza and cookies. I really love working with the olive oil dough and the flavor is delicious too. I made 2 stuffed pizzas with this dough - sorry no leftovers. Here is the recipe: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/stuffed-pizza-recipe
    This recipe spoiled me on homemade pizza. Maybe your grandkids would like to make this someday.
    Have a lovely visit.

  6. This pizza looks so good! That olive oil dough is one of my favorites. The photos of your grandchildren are really cute--look like they are enjoying what they made!

  7. Wow, what a great looking pizza. Made my mouth water!

  8. Both these entries look delicious and you models tell us all we need to know about their taste :-).
    I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary