Halloween is upon us and I cannot believe we are already heading towards November!
As the winter is drawing in I seem to get busier and busier in the kitchen. People want-need lots of good/comforting food in the winter. Is it really true that with the cold weather we burn more calories? If you work indoors with the central heating on full it is probably not quite so true. I read somewhere that in order to lose weight easily you should turn your thermostat slightly down so your body will burn more calories to keep warm. So you have to work and shiver at the same time! No thank you.
Yesterday I made three meals for a friend's dinner party all in one morning and felt exhausted after it. I needed a quick espresso fix to make sure I was live and kicking again so I could move onto making the dessert: I made a huge tiramisu'. The party went well and people seemed to like the food which gave me great gratification. That's all I need.
Every year I make at least one funny recipe for Halloween and this year it is going to be pizza. If you don't feel like making it from scratch or if you are running out of time you can cheat and buy a pizza margharita or pizza base and just have fun putting the topping on.
Your children will have a good time creating these spiders. All you need is some green and black olives and if you like you can add some pepperoni, salami or anything else you fancy - let your imagination go spooky!
- Prep Time : 25 minutes
- Cook Time : 20 minutes
- Yield : 2
This recipe makes 2 pizzas.
Follow my pizza dough recipe here using half of the ingredients.
Put the dough on a greased baking tin and let it rest for at least an hour. Spread over the tomato sauce.
Put the mozzarella (cut in pieces) on your pizza base. Sprinkle with the dried oregano.
Cut the olives in half to make the spider's body and slice other olives thinly to make the legs. Some of my spiders have 6 legs each but, as you know, spiders are supposed to have 8 legs! Up to you really!
Arrange your spiders on the pizza and the salami (pepperoni or chorizo would be great too). Put two peppercorn on each salami slice to make the eyes.
Cook the pizza for about 20 minutes at 220C or 430 F until golden. If you lift it with a fork, the base underneath should be crunchy. Then you will know your pizza is cooked. Decorate with basil leaves.