Love is All-Around 💕
Historically, Valentine’s Day has been about men and their martyrdom, somehow also a pagan holiday and in mythology, about a desirable man/god named Eros that was so seductive and powerful he had to be infantilized to be controlled, giving us our modern-day, cherub looking, Cupid.
Whether you’re a couple or not, Valentine’s Day promotes the idea of love, all kinds of love, whether it comes as chocolate edibles, a jewelry box, a heart-shaped card with the words “Be Mine” that spill glitter everywhere (you’ll never get it out) it’s a time where even truly committed self-lovers can marry themselves. #Loveislove amirite? 💌
I, a self-proclaimed narcissist, feel the urge to note that although the holiday is used to evoke sentiments of self-love, I have yet to see a V-Day card that I can send to my one dimple on my cheek, expressing adoration for making me look cute, or infatuation for my eyebrows for being so bold and exotic.
Wanna Pizza Me? 🍕
It makes me think about why we obsess over “love” as something that needs to be constantly, and forcibly acknowledged? In the same way, some argue in favor of body neutrality, as opposed to a constant focus on it, pressuring us to choose whether we hate it or love it.
But I digress, Valentine’s Day could not have come at a better moment when most of us are still shell shocked from January and its many revelations —we could all use a little more TLC. Whether you’ve got plans with friends or are planning a special date with your SO, I wanted to slide this easy and quick way to make a pizza crust into your inbox, you know just in case you want to throw a last-minute Galentine’s party or have very little time in between work and your date night.
Slice, Slice, Baby!
1 pkg active dry yeast (2¼ tsp)
2 tbsps honey
1 cup of warm water
2½ to 3 1/4 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp kosher salt
Heat your oven to 450 F degrees.
In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast and honey in warm (not boiling) water. Let stand around 5 minutes, until the yeast becomes frothy. ( Very important to note, if it does not look frothy, either your water was too hot, or yeast no longer works)
Add the flour, olive oil and salt and mix by hand until soft dough forms.
The dough should be fairly firm. Sprinkle a board or your counter with a bit of flour and roll the dough into a ball, you can half it to make two, and so forth.
Let the dough rest 3 to 5 minutes while you gather your pizza toppings. For this pizza, I use an unsweetened pizza sauce like this, sauce and lactose-free “mozzarella” slices from GoVeggie Foods. I used a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out the shapes.
Roll dough to desired thickness. Top with your favorite pizza toppings and bake for 8 to 10 minutes on a pizza pan dusted with a little oil or placed on top of a baking sheet. (Time will depend on the thickness of the dough and your oven. Keep an eye on the dough so it doesn’t overcook and make sure to give it enough time so it is not undercooked!)
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