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Delicious Salami Pizza

I love pizza, and I love homemade pizza because I can make it exactly how I like it. I love all things salty, and this is a salt lovers pizza – anchovies, capers, olives. Seriously, does it get any saltier! The best thing about pizza is that you can top it with anything you like. Change-up the toppings until you have your perfect pizza.

The last time I made this pizza was a month ago while we were sailing through Indonesia. Sailing through Indonesia during the Coronavirus Pandemic was an experience I won’t be forgetting soon. Not all good – gunshots fired in warning, but not all bad – swimming with a wild dugong. Click here to read my story.

Pizza salami olive cape and anchovies

Ingredients

For the base

  • Olive oil, to grease
  • 250ml (1 cup) lukewarm water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp (7g/1 sachet) dried yeast
  • 450g (3 cups) plain flour, sifted
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbs olive oil

Topping

  • Homemade pizza sauce*
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced 
  • 4 – 8 anchovies, roughly chopped 
  • 1 Capsicum sliced
  • 2-3 Tablespoons sliced olives 
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of capers
  • 16 – 20 slices of Salami
  • 400g grated cheese (pizza mix is delicious)
  • Dry Italian herbs and chilli flakes
    • amounts are a rough guide only

capers, capsicum

Method

Preheat the oven to 220°C. Brush two or three 25cm pizza trays with oil to grease. (I used 3 oven trays and got yummy thin crispy bases).

Mix the sugar and water in a jug or small bowl. Sprinkle the yeast on top and place it in a draught-free place for five minutes, until bubbles form on the surface.

Put the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl. Add the yeast mixture and the oil. Mix well with a spoon until blended. Dump the mix onto a floured work surface and knead for six minutes.

Divide the dough into 2 or 3 pieces and cover and rest for five minutes. Now is a good time to prepare your topping ingredients.

Roll each dough portion out. Use your hands to stretch the dough gently. Line the greased pizza trays with the dough, pushing the dough to the edges of the trays. Spread the bases with pizza sauce, and top with onion, anchovies, olives, capers, capsicum, salami and cheese. Sprinkle with Italian herb and chilli flakes. 

Bake in preheated oven, at 220c for 8 minutes or until cheese is bubbling on top and base is crispy. 

* I make pizza sauce with a tin of chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, pepper. 

* Another delicious alternative to pizza sauce is using sun-dried tomato pesto for the base. This pesto is a delicious option!

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Crayfish Mornay

One of our longest legs sailing so far was the 58 hour sail from Seisai, QLD to Gove, NT. We had some really nice weather and good sailing for most of it. Since it was another milestone (i.e. entering another state, Northern Territory) we decided to celebrate with a delicious meal. Crayfish Mornay.

Made with a crayfish caught on the Great Barrier Reef this delicious creamy mornay was so yummy.

This is what we did…

Dwayne cut the crayfish in half, from head to tail. I removed the meat, washed the shells, and roughly chopped the lobster flesh.

Crayfish Mornay - the empty shells

To make the mornay I heated some milk, a thick slice of onion, a bay leaf and some peppercorns in a pot. I simmered it for a couple of minutes. I then removed the pot from the heat, covered it and let it sit for 15minutes so the flavour would infuse.

I heated a little oil (I didn’t have butter) in a saucepan and added a some plain flour. I cooked this for a minute or two, stirring constantly, then removed it from heat.

I added the white wine and mixed until I had a smooth consistency, then added the milk gradually while mixing. I cooked it over low heat for a few minutes until the sauce thickened. Stirred in a little salt and pepper, cream and some cheese. I stirred this until the cheese melted, then added the crayfish meat.

The Crayfish Mornay mix

I then spooned the lobster mixture into the shells, sprinkled with cheese and baked it  in the oven for 15minute .

Crayfish Mornay ready to be cooked.

It was nice served with basmati rice and steamed broccoli.

Crayfish Mornay served with steamed basmati rice and brocoli