I’ve been eating a lot of cooked tomatoes in the name of crossing off another gastronomic goal and realized that in the process I could make pizza from scratch and cross that one off too.
Now the title of this post is a little bit of a misnomer because in reality to make a pizza totally from scratch would mean not only making the dough but growing the tomatoes for the sauce, making the mozzarella and growing the basil to finish it. I fully intend to do this one day but for now I thought that making the dough and growing the basil would sufficiently meet the demands of ‘scratch.’
At the beginning of the spring I happily went with my mother to a garden centre and bought myself three potted herbs to go with a small pot of assorted baby herbs I had already been growing in my window sill. While I don’t have a green thumb, I cared for them and watched as they grew.
The one I was most exited for was the basil which was the smallest of the herbs and also my favourite. In my mind’s eye I imagined the basil leaves on a homemade Neapolitan pizza and waited excitedly until there were enough of them to harvest.
Sure it was nothing special. Crushed San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella, dough and finally a few little basil leaves. But it’s still a gastronomic goal completed.
Now all I have to do is learn to actually like cooked tomatoes and that will be another one. I’m getting there though. Slow and steady.