Now that the days are long and hot we’re spending more and more time outdoors. Most balmy afternoons the kids play in the backyard, digging around in the sandpit, skipping through the sprinkler or playing in the cubby house right up until the sun begins to sink beneath the horizon turning the ever darkening sky the most beautiful shades of burnt orange.
It’s usually right at this moment I see the pangs of hunger flash across their tired and weary eyes and I quickly realise in the midst of the beautiful spring afternoon I haven’t yet prepared dinner.
These evenings I usually make a mad dash to the kitchen to rescue a stack of wholemeal pita breads from the pantry and get about making a simple pizza or two for supper. Tonight’s pizza’s celebrated the best of spring produce and were adorned with ribbons of fresh asparagus and zucchini and really couldn’t be more simple to prepare.
The pizza base’s were smothered in a generous layer of ricotta spiked with a little parmesan, lemon zest and fresh thyme leaves. Nestled in the ricotta were the silky ribbons of zucchini and asparagus as well as shaved morsels of turkey breast. And to top things off a thin layer of shredded mozzarella cheese was added along with a few dots of gorgeously green and beautifully fragrant basil pesto.
After a ten minute trip to a very hot oven the pizza’s returned golden and completely gorgeous. I popped the kids into a warm bath whilst the pizza’s cooled and once snuggled in fresh pyjamas we sat at the kitchen table and tucked into slices of delicious home made pizza alongside juicy wedges of fresh tomatoes.
Seeing their little faces eagerly devour our very simple supper of beautiful spring produce my heart sang and beckoned for more stunning spring days just like these.
To create the best spring time pizza ever simply…