I’m trying to think of something brilliant and inspiring to write today because I was in one of those I want to rock the world moods for a while but I think it’s burned off along with the small amount of caffeine that fueled it. All my brain is coming up with now are obscure references that would only make sense if you’ve ever bred rabbits or watched Homeward Bound 2 about 500 times growing up, so I’m at a loss.
You already know that I’m not a great writer and, to be honest, writing is not my favorite part of blogging, but writing posts and recipes are 2 of the most important parts of a food blog. You can’t have a good food blog without them. It’s kind of a package deal, you know? Sometimes I question my sanity when I think about me starting this blog. It wasn’t exactly a secret that there would be a lot of writing involved so where was my head at?
Clearly I didn’t spend enough time thinking it through because those who I’m close to know that I highly dislike small talk in real life. For me, when I say something I want to be saying something and not just sending useless noise into the atmosphere. On the other hand though, it’s really hard to be serious when you’re talking about things like chocolate and pizza. A little small talk is required to introduce them well and make you hungry.
That doesn’t make it much easier though, some of my first posts are as embarrassing as reading a childhood diary. Yeah, there is no need for anyone to ever read those. In fact, you don’t need to read this either because in five minutes I’m going to want to erase it. You should just skip to the recipe, that’s what I would do except for the fact that Google’s robots like a lot of words.
I’m not saying I hate to write or anything, I just don’t always love it. It’s a mood thing and, you guys, I seriously wonder if I’m bipolar sometimes with the way my moods swing back and forth. However, when I’m in the mood to write I do have fun with it. My real problem here is that I overthink everything and stress myself out. What I need to do is just relax, right? K, Let’s talk pizza.
So pizza, yeah, I was making pizzas the other night and I realized that I didn’t have this one on the blog. When I make pizza (like every few days because my brothers are obsessed) I usually stick to basic pepperoni for the picky eaters in the house and then do something more fun for those who have some imagination. This time I went with Thai peanut, which is one I make all the time so I can’t figure out why I’ve never shared it before, but at least I have now. I kind of feel guilty actually, like I’ve been stingy all this time, you may not have known what you were missing but I did.
Thai peanut sauce is a very specific flavor and it’s not everyone’s thing but if it’s your thing then you need to make this because I know you’ll love it. The sauce is really quick and easy and if you’re in a hurry you could even buy some refrigerated pizza dough and crank this out in about 45 minutes. But if you have just a little while to let the dough rise you should definitely make it at home because it’s so much better that way. Happy face-stuffing!
- 1 cup warm water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 3 cups all purpose flour (I like to use part whole wheat)
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
- 1 cup full fat coconut milk
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon tamarind paste (or lime juice)
- 1 tablespoon chili garlic paste
- 1/2 tablespoon fish sauce
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 1/2 cups cooked chicken breast, cubed
- 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 small onion, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
- 1/4 cup shelled peanuts
- 1 handful fresh cilantro leaves
- Combine yeast, sugar, and water in a medium mixing bowl and let sit for about 5 minutes until bubbly. Add other ingredients and mix until it starts to form a dough.
- Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for around 5 minutes. It should be smooth and resilient.Grease a medium bowl and place dough inside. Flip in bowl to cover all sides with oil and cover with towel or plastic wrap.Put in warm place to rise until doubled in size.
- While dough is rising make your sauce. Combine ginger, garlic, and sesame oil in a medium high-sided skillet or saucepan. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes until browned and fragrant. Pour in water and add all other ingredients for sauce then bring to a low boil, stirring gently. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir for about 5 minutes more, or until thickened. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
- Preheat oven to 400 F and roll or stretch out pizza dough on a lightly floured surface into a 1/2 inch thick layer. Mix chicken with about 2/3 cup of sauce in a medium bowl. Spread about another 1/4 cup of sauce on crust then spread out the chicken. Top with cheese, onions, peppers, carrots, and peanuts then bake for 25 to 30 minutes until edges are golden brown. Top with fresh cilantro, slice, and serve hot.