Hong Kong

Impossible to please pizzas

this will do for starters
tricky, this is my oven (Anna,help)

Out there it may be a little crazy, but cocooned in here, almost anything seems possible. Which is good as I’m going to make pizzas for the Leungs’ dinner tonight.

Some of my family and friends will know that baking is not my forte. Especially sourdough bread. But pizza dough is a cinch, I think, I hope. I have fond memories of teaching children mindfullness through bread making. Teaching focus and concentration and not getting into each other’s stuff, quite literally, as they felt the dough come alive in their hands, mixing and kneading and rolling. Oh, how I sort of miss those days.
And I miss my saxophone too.

So alone in the house, I play some great sax improvisation music really loud – thank you Amazon prime – and get to work, dancing in this spacious kitchen as I knead and pull my lovely dough.
The Leungs’ kitchen is minimalist. The only gadget is the newly acquired rice roll maker. Improvisation and a bit of guess work are required. There are no emergency rations of tinned tomatoes, and they don’t ever buy cheese (not surprisingly a it’s double the price here) so I will need to head out (fully suited and booted in my mask* see end for mask story and thoughts) to the least populated shopping area I can find. After my 2.00pm massage session. Mr Leung has decreed that I am to be their practise client, a living massage dummy every every other day. He has also decreed that it is vegetarian week and we are on day 2. This is fine by me of course, but quite some miracle for a man who can eat ten chicken wings in two minutes. I haven’t pushed for this dietary change btw, but hope he has been influenced and encouraged by some of the vegetarian Asian/Thai dishes I’ve cooked without the use of expensive mock meats and mock abalone.

I feel some sense of responsibility to serve up something they will enjoy. Mr Leung is not a fan of Western food, proclaiming his last two Christmas dinners (cooked by his son in law in London) to be quite horrible. Beef Wellington. Roast dinner. Horrible? This is his opinion as a carnivore?

I am wondering if I have set myself an impossible task.

Especially as there is also no oven to speak of!  So it going to be a try frying pan pizza courtesy of Jamie Oliver, flash finished under this little grill.

* Mrs Leung just told me this sort of funny but also alarming story. An ex colleague who works for one of the closed banks still has to go into the office (?) and they are all given a box of masks to wear. It turns out hers were made in the Hubei province. I am not sure whether she wore them or not. I think I might go on strike. But the HKers are generally quite obedient, apart from all the medical staff, who at their wits end have gone out on strike today because the HK government will not fully close the border.

Would you strike?

Would you attempt pizza?

I’d love to hear your comments x

By backstagestives

Looking for my long lost family in Hong Kong
And previously....
Fell in love with coastal living 5 years ago. And moved to stunning St Ives. A place to create and grow and flourish. Got me a home and a job. And never looked back. Everyone talks and writes about the famous dead people of St Ives. Virginia and Alfred and Ben and Barbara and Peter and Wilhelmina. Well I thought I’d introduce you to some very nice folk, and they’re all very much alive and make St Ives a much the better town for it.

7 replies on “Impossible to please pizzas”

Frying pan pizza sounds amazing, you will have to make it for us some time! I have never made it but heard about it, I am sure it will be fabulous! You lucky girl, having massages every other day! I had one with Kinga yesterday and could easily have that a few times a week.
I do sort of get Mr Leung not liking Western food, especially if his opinion is based on Christmas dinners and Sunday roasts, I am not a great fan of those either. I would prefer your pizza or a simple fish dish or maybe a seafood risotto any day! Maybe you should try making some pasta dishes, but they usually require a lot of cheese, of course.
Looking forward to pictures of your pizza!
Sending lots of hugs and kisses, stay safe! Xxx

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haha the massages are, well they are quite weird. I have written to tell you about them. Having an elbow massaging around your sacral area and bum is not that pleasant! We started with the occipital, shoulders, neck etc. Sometimes painful, but bearable.
i imagine its doing me good???!!!! But the section of the upper spine and sacral area had my toes curling up and me laughing and crying and begging for less all at the same time. I think they may be re evaluating my usefulness as a massage guineau pig!


Wow Laura great pizzas and you made the dough. You’re becoming a real little chef. We’ll have you on Masterchef yet. And I bet you’re amazing to demo a massage on and you’ll be learning loads too. Looking forward to pizzas and massages when you get back 🤗🤗


and you really would not like this kind of massage. Mr Leung says he wantss to teach me so I can promote in Cornwall Would be a very quick way to lose ALL my friends. Dig my elbows very hard and deep into their most tender places. Mmmmmm


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