Mike Tyson Week + Guilt-free Pizzas

This week was my final “Mike Tyson Week”. 

What that means is that I had a crapload of stuff going on and things I needed to get done in the after-work hours, but as fate would have it I was scheduled for a lot of extra hours at work. Last time I had one of those weeks I said to myself “Let’s never do this again, ‘k? The extra cash just ain’t worth it when you have absolutely nothing to give to your clients by the time Thursday rolls around.” 

But alas – I like money. Especially when I’m three weeks shy of becoming a poor student.

The reason I like to think of it as Mike Tyson Week is because, 

  1. You gotta be a pro to pull it off (without whining).
  2. You gotta be a little badass.
  3. You can’t go crying to momma. Mike Tyson would never do that.
  4. You gotta put a little umph in your morning coffee.

I have to say, it actually went really well and I didn’t  feel overworked or overwhelmed like I had before. All that yoga and tree-hugging must be paying off given how hard it is to get me really stressed these days.

Still, when I got home from work on Saturday afternoon (because yes, I had a Mike Tyson shift on Saturday too), my hands filled with grocery bags… all I wanted to do was have the house to myself and go to my happy place:
The kitchen.

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It’s one of the few places where I get to disconnect from everything internet-related not look at a screen in any shape or form. It’s where my mind stops going a million thoughts per minute and just focuses on “come on, little garlic clove… peel for me” or “chop, chop, chop-WATCH THAT FINGER!-chop, chop”. Nothing gets in the way. It’s here and now – the perfect way to be completely present, which is something I find hard to do in every day life since I’m such an avid daydreamer.

Watching movies used to be my ultimate way to relax and get away from the world for a little bit (if you don’t know me; I’m a total film buff). But given the fact that I’ve been sitting in front of a computer every day at work this whole year, I haven’t been able to relax and enjoy movie-watching in the same way. My eyes are tired, my head aches, my body is screaming at me to go do something that doesn’t require focusing my eyes on a screen. Which is why lately I’ve been spending most of my Saturdays and Sundays in the kitchen with ridiculously time-consuming recipes; anything to keep me away from my Macbook…

I won’t go on about this any further – I’m just rambling at this point – but I just want to confirm that our parents were right: you will go blind if you don’t stop staring at that screen. Okay not really.. 😉 But it really is a good idea to tally up the hours you spend looking at a screen each day, look at that number and be shocked for 5 minutes, then… make that number lower. Genious, right? Someone get me my Mensa application.

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Oh, that’s right! The reason I started writing this post was to share a mind-blowingly awesome pizza recipe with you guys. No, you don’t have to give up on pizza just because you’re trying to make better choices with the food you’re eating. I’ll prove it to you! Proud to present….

End of Mike Tyson Week –> Reward Yourself Pizzas
Makes 4 small pizzas
Recipe adapted from here

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Easiest ever spelt pizza dough: 

– 3.5 cups/8 dl spelt flour + extra for dusting
– 1.5 tbsp dry active yeast
– 0.75 cups/1.75 dl lukewarm water
– 3 tbsp olive oil

  1. Dissolve the yeast in the water
  2. Sift the flour into a large bowl
  3. Make a little hole in the middle of the flour and pour in the water/yeast and the olive oil. Start mixing it together from the middle with a spoon until you have to start kneading. And then…? That’s right, start kneading 😉
  4. Cover the bowl with a damp towel and let it rest for an hour or two. (My dough didn’t really rise that much, to tell you the truth, but the pizzas still turned out great. So I wouldn’t worry even if the dough doesn’t double in size).

Tomato sauce:

– 1 can of crushed tomatoes
– 5 cloves of garlic
– 0.25 cups/0.5 dl olive oil
– Zest of 1 lemon
– A good handful of fresh basil
– 1 chilli
– Salt+pepper to taste

  1. Chop up the basil, chilli (finely), and garlic
  2. Heat the olive oil, garlic, and chilli over medium heat
  3. Add the tomatoes and bring to a boil
  4. Add the basil and lemon zest and let it simmer for 15 minutes-ish
  5. Taste it and add some salt and freshly ground black pepper. If you’d like, you can also add some cayenne pepper.

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Where the magic happens: 

  1. Divide the dough into four parts (to make four small pizzas). Trust me – one small pizza is enough for one person! The spelt crust makes it really filling.
  2. Roll it out as thinly as you can. This was a bit tricky; if you’re expecting a really thin pizza crust then you’re sh*t outta luck (excuse my French). This is spelt dough we’re dealing with here, so it’s gonna be a little thicker than what you’re maybe used to.
  3. Put some of your awesome freshly made tomato sauce on there and add your favorite toppings! I obviously went for feta cheese because I would put feta cheese on EVERYTHING if they’d let me, put feel free to use “normal” cheese if you’re that way inclined. Red onions, peppers, corn fresh off the cob, some greens… whatever floats your boat! Pepperoni or ham or bacon etc would of course be really good on there for those who don’t want to go the vegetarian route 🙂
  4. Heat the oven to 350 F/200 C and cook for… oh, let’s say 10 minutes? Truth is I was too busy sitting on the floor in front of the oven drooling to actually time the pizzas. But I think it was like 10 minutes.

….I pretty much died and went to pizza heaven…. I’m making these every weekend, that’s fo’ sho’….. 

Xx Christine 

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