cilento state of mind

I feel so lucky to have a bunch of great friends who, like me, love to both cook and eat. In my mind, there’s nothing quite as good as breaking bread, chinking a glass of red and having a chat over a meal at one of our homes. And last night we did just that.

We decided to have a collective stab at home-made pizzas. And since I’ve been inspired by my recent travels to Italy, I put my hand up to make the red sauce (AKA passata). It’s not something I’d ever done before, but I gave it my best shot and thought, since I had my camera handy, I’d show you how I did it. I probably made all sorts of culinary faux pas, but it seemed to do the job. Keep scrolling for the results – and do let me know what you think of the post.

passata al a kate:

i am not a celebrity, kate mcauley

step one: peel skin from tomatoes.

i am not a celebrity, kate mcauley

step two: scoop out seeds and finally chop remaining tomato flesh.

i am not a celebrity, kate mcauley

step three: get some tissues handy and chop some onions.

i am not a celebrity, kate mcauley

step four: chop up some garlic.

i am not a celebrity, kate mcauley

step five: gather condiments and other bits and pieces that will add flavour, such as the two inches of wine (unintentionally) left at the bottom of this bottle of Barolo and Vegemite (my secret ingredient).

i am not a celebrity, kate mcauley

step six: admire the chilli flakes. yum.

i am not a celebrity, kate mcauley

step seven: get sentimental over a spoonful of Vegemite.

i am not a celebrity, kate mcauley

step eight: fry up garlic, onions, chilli, and tomato. Chuck in some wine, a couple of bay leaves and whatever else tickles your fancy. Then let it bubble away and reduce. Go grab a coffee or something.

i am not a celebrity, kate mcauley

step eight: chuck it in the blender with some fresh basil leaves and give it a whiz.

all together now:

i am not a celebrity, kate mcauley

step nine: get your toppings ready. i love mozzarella.

i am not a celebrity, kate mcauley

step ten: photograph your friend rolling out his made-from-scratch dough.

i am not a celebrity, kate mcauley

step eleven: on goes the passata.

i am not a celebrity, kate mcauley

step twelve: chuck on what ever toppings you like and bang it in a hot oven (preferably on a pizza stone) and then squabble with your friends about how long it needs to cook for.

i am not a celebrity, kate mcauley

step thirteen: stuff your face and congratulate each other on your pizza-making brilliance.

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10 thoughts on “cilento state of mind

  1. Rohan

    Your so Aussie Kate…..”chuck on what ever toppings you like and bang it in a hot oven”

    That’s exactly what I’d say.

    Shall I bring a bottle or two when you make your next batch?

    1. Kate Post author

      No doubt, though my mates all tell me I sound like a pom now – except when I’m on the radio or the telephone, which is weird.

      And yes, you’re welcome any time. As long as you don’t take the piss out of my accent too.

      Congrats on the awesome WLL news. I called it, just so you know.

      K

  2. Rohan

    Sorry Kate, but taking the piss out of the ex-pat’s accent is an Australian privilege! So I can’t make any promises!

    Yes very exciting news. Can’t wait for some month next year when something might be released, and I might need to travel OS for the launch of said something, possibly NYC. But that’s just all hearsay really. He he he

    1. Kate Post author

      Hearsay, you say. Well, if you do end up in NYC let me know. I tend to go there whenever I can.

      And you’re right, there’s no escaping the jibes for this plum I’ve got lodged.

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