Sunday, October 6, 2013

German Pizza

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Delicious autumn! 
My very soul is 
wedded to it, 
and if I were a
 bird I would fly 
about the earth
 seeking the
 successive autumns.

~George Elliot

Fall is comforting to me. The scents and the warmth and the change from Summer.

As I think back to last year at this time I can't believe how quickly time has gone by. Last year I wanted to have a baby and I didn't. It was hard. But funny how not getting what you want can change you so much. I am really happy. And not because anything is different and not because what I wanted to happen happened. It didn't. But things are maybe different in me that wouldn't have been otherwise.

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I'm stronger, more content, grateful. I know what I'm capable of, what I can get over and not just what I can get over but what I can go through and come out still in love with life. 

My struggles are my own and may be small or large or middle ground in comparison to some of the world but they are mine and I'm better because of them. 

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There are amazing things about not having kids right now. 

One day I will delight in my children and cherish memories with them. I know I will be a good mother. I know I will put my heart into their lives and that it will be hard and difficult and rewarding. 

But right now I am truly cherishing my freedom. Going out to dinner and eating Indian food, sitting by candlelight sipping chai tea long after our food and wine is gone. Trips on the weekend where we can explore and stay out late and sleep in. Being able to go shopping and get coffee with friends on my day off. Working on my artwork and my business free of distraction. Volunteering long weekends and early mornings at church. The peace of a cozy brick house with just us and the cats, watching Monarch of the Glen on the sofa after dinner. Working and saving and looking towards buying our first house. Training for another half-marathon. Buying sweaters and new jeans on a whim because I can. Pouring over fashion magazines. Really knowing each other. Spending days planning fall parties. Stealing hugs from kids at work and the wonder of what it will be like to hug my own children. Going home to a clean house. Watching Witt play with the cats on the floor. Relating to people. Developing what I want and what I am interested in, knowing that and seeing it change. Who I am in Christ because of where I've been. 

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I want to list these things not because I want to compare having children and not having children, everyone's day to day would look very different and maybe similar in some ways. But I want to list them because this is my life. 

And I want to remember my life as it is now. The good parts. Because they are beautiful. For a long time last year I was focused on what I didn't have. But this October I realize I've changed up my game. It's a good Autumn. 

Maybe the best one yet.

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Saturday night we made a favorite of ours from a local restaurant. A restaurant that we've sort of been avoiding because the service has been so bad lately. Which is a shame because the food is really, really good. One thing on their menu that Witt loves is the German pizza.

 If I describe to you what's on the pizza you might think it sounds strange but oh my word, it is good. It has a silky buttery horseradish sauce over pizza crust with tangy sauerkraut, corned beef and gobs of melty mozzarella cheese on top. Two things about me: I love horseradish and I like sauerkraut. I think it goes back to my love of pickles and all things acidic. But anyway, the pizza has great balance and satisfies your craving for savory and it's easy to make as we found out last night.

 I followed a recipe from here but we made our own pizza crust and when we made our sauce we adjusted to taste. I don't love a lot of mayo so we added sour cream. I think it pays to find good corned beef and if you can get freshly sliced even better. 

Since it was later on Saturday I took phone pictures but I wanted to show you the layers, mmm mmm good.

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German Pizza

For the crust: (makes two pizzas)

1 package Pizza Yeast (.25 ounce)
1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup white flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt

Combine yeast and warm water, add sugar and let sit for about 5-10 minutes until frothy. Add flour and olive oil and beat with a dough hook until combined. Cover mixing bowl with a dish towell and let sit for 10-15 minutes until risen. 

For the toppings:

1/4 cup horseradish
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1 cup sauerkraut
1/2 cup deli corned beef, diced
3 cups mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 375. Grease a large pizza pan. Spread half the dough evenly onto pan, using flour if needed. Combine first three ingredients to make sauce. Spread sauce over dough and then sprinkle the sauerkraut. Top with corned beef. Spread a thick layer of cheese over beef. Bake at 375 for about 15-20 minutes checking to see when cheese is bubbly and golden. 


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