I want to make pizza from scratch. I mean
. Just how far can I go?
After reading Barbara Kingsolver’s excellent book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
, I bought my wife a 30 minute Mozzarella
kit for Christmas. We thought it would be fun, next summer, to make some homemade cheese, harvest some tomatoes and basil from the garden and make a pizza. Then I thought perhaps I could buy some wheat berries and mill my own flour for the dough. Hmmm… maybe I could harvest some wild yeast to make a sourdough crust. Then I thought… can I grow wheat in New England? How much wheat do I need to make a batch of dough?
My goal would be to make a pizza, several pizzas actually, using as many home-grown and homemade ingredients as possible.
What pizza toppings can be easily grown in a New England summer? Peppers, of course. I won’t have the time to become an expert mycologist by the summer, but are there non-hallucinogenic mushrooms I can grow in the garden? What else?
What toppings/ingredients are easy to make? For a number of reasons, I am unable to raise and slaughter a pig, but I am willing to make my own sausage. Maybe I could buy some locally raised pig. What else is in a sausage? Is fennel easy to grow? What other meat toppings could I do? Can I raise clams in a fishtank?
Side dishes? What does one serve with pizza? (Anyone who says CheesyBread™ doesn’t get invited to the pizza party)
Anything else? Make an oven out of fieldstone and burn the cherry tree we just cut down?
I’m not doing this as some idealistic hippie crusade (though the idea is appealing) and this is partly a thought experiment, I don’t know if I’ll grow my own wheat for example, but I am looking for ideas that I hadn’t thought of and just maybe next summer I can have a truly homemade pie.
(Extra special note to my lurking brother: SHUT UP!)