Food ritual anyone?


Pizza Friday

This all started about 3 years ago… when there was an outfit between work clothes and pjs… we’d both had a tough week and I wanted to do something nice. I didn’t want to wait 45mins (+ 25mins decision time) for a delivery so I raided the deli section of the local supermarket for a range of meats and sufficiently pongy cheeses (for him) and knocked up a pizza dough. Throw in a couple of cold beers and pizza Friday was born. Since then it has been a weekly ritual at casa BK!

So yesterday, aside from it being the first week back after a break from work, it also feels like the longest. In order to chase away the January blues JB and I brought pizza Friday back into our home.

Our pizza’s have taken on a variety of shapes and sizes in the 3 years we have been doing this and the range of ingredients changes according to season, availability, laziness or just because (valid reason might I add). One year I grew yellow courgettes and chucked those on for colour.

I always use strong bread flour and fast action yeast*. It speeds up the whole process after a long day at work and it is sooo simple to do. Once the dough is done it can rest in a warm place while you prepare the rest of your ingredients. I am all about the tomatoey base of a pizza, it is my belief that there is no such thing as too much. I mix tomato puree with minced garlic, oregano, black pepper and loosen it with water or olive oil to help it spread more easily.

Then it comes to the toppings, we have our standard bell pepper and mushroom and that is were all similarity ends. We are so lucky to be within spitting distance of some great produce. @Katsouris has a deli with lovely mozzarella and sun blushed tomatoes as well as a range of other tasty picky bits.

One of our favourites is a little polish stall on the outdoor section of the world famous bury market : ) It is run by a lovely couple who are always more than happy to let you try before you buy and recommend a range of ingredients to suit what you are making. We got some pancetta cut as we asked (in thick slabs). Some of it became pizza fodder and the rest we saved for a spaghetti carbonara.

I am a fan of all things veggie with a dash of meat whereas JB is full blown carnivore. If it used to moo, quack or oink he’ll have double. Same with the cheese, I’ll have non cheesy cheese and he switches between a smoked applewood and a goats cheese. That’s the great thing about homemade though, you know what is in it, choose what you want on it and it takes 20mins prep time and a swift 8mins in the oven.

Some of our fave pizza Friday’s…

It is comfort food at it’s best and long may it last. Here’s to feeling comfortable : )

*warming the outside of the bowl you rest the dough in helps it rise quicker.

Published by Bea's Bites Online

Hi! I'm Bea, as well as being new to the world of blogging I have been a food teacher in secondary schools for four years. I live just outside Manchester and all its foodie offerings. I'll be posting all about travel, food I enjoy, whether it's at a restaurant, a recipe I've trialled or something I have knocked up myself. I will also add a few drinks here and there because let's face it, it's got to be done! I am lucky enough to have grown up with a variety of influences, my mum is from Zimbabwe, my dad is from Ghana and I grew up in a village in the North West, so food has always been a blend and balance of cultures for me. From being little, food has played a large part in our family, whether it be for celebrations, commiserations or comfort. I began helping out in the kitchen from a young age and was fortunate enough to be given the reins on occasion from about the age of 11. I love being in the kitchen and having the opportunity to create something to make others smile. Whether it be an autumnal main or a gooey dessert :) I have 3 bottomless pits I call brothers as well as a fiance and they are more than happy to try what I make and be extremely blunt so I welcome all comments : ) I am a total believer in happy eating. Food should put a smile on your face no matter if it is a weekday after work dinner or a special occasion. I love following recipes and do think it is sometimes a necessity but I also think that food should be personal and geared towards what you like and I hope this comes across in my blog. I hope you enjoy reading my posts, let me know if you stop by, it will definitely put a smile on my face! Please don't hesitate to get in touch, my email is: If you have any posts you'd like to see then please feel free to Email me, DM me on Instagram, Facebook or Tweet me and I'll do my best : ) I hope I'll get a chance to chat to you. Bea x

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