Thursday, January 3, 2013

Sink, Sank, Sunk

They always say that historic homes have character.

What they mean is that in a historic home everything breaks and in order to fix it you have to build a custom bit of this or that to fix it. Then when you almost get it fixed, something else along the way is going to break as well.

Of course my DH and I have gotten wise to some of our bucolic manor's more devious little fixes. In January, every year like clockwork, the plumbing breaks. We never know exactly which bit of it is going to break. We can only guarantee that it will break.

So when the kitchen sink drain pipe burst, we were not terribly surprised.

As my dear friend S says - this is the joy of home ownership!

After rummaging through our spare plumbing parts, we found a flange that fit, the managed to get the rest of the pipes puttied, taped and put back together again.

Of course the house anticipated this and tossed another challenge in the form of a leaky hot water faucet.

All of this led to one thing...midnight pizza!

I got my dough recipe many years ago from a friend who worked in a pizza shop in Brooklyn. (Thanks E!) it's quite delicious.

Take 2 cups of flour, 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast, 1 teaspoon sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt and mix that together. Pour in 1 1/4 cup warm water. Mix that for 3 minutes. It looks like ... It's pretty disgusting. Don't worry, it gets better.

Knead in 2 more cups of flour or as much as it will take until it forms a dough.

Drizzle some oil in a zip top bag and put the dough in it. Let it sit in a warmish spot until it rises and doubles in size.

Punch it down and divide it in half for 2 regular pizzas. Let it sit for 30 minutes. I usually put 1 in the freezer for later at this point.

Oil a pan and stretch out the dough. Coat with 1/3 cup sauce, add topping of your choice. Bake at 475 for 10 minutes.

Perfect for a late night/early morning plumbers pizza!

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