Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Quickest "Semi-Homemade" Pizza Ever

You know those days when you just want to eat but nothing goes right? It ends up getting beyond wanting to eat, but instead morphs into needs to eat (because if you are anything like her you are getting extremely cranky). We had one of those nights this past Sunday.

After a lovely cookie exchange Sunday afternoon (pictures and cookie recipes coming soon) we decided we need to get out of the house and have something a little "fresher" and healthier feeling to the stomach. We both had a giant craving for sushi, particularly all you can eat sushi. Not probably the greatest idea after eating cookies all day, but that is not the point of this story.

We are still relatively new to Frankfurt, living here for less than three months. We searched for an all you can eat sushi place, with good reviews, not too far away (horrible amount of snow covering the city this day), and a price we were happy with. We found the perfect place, made reservations using their online booking system, and set off into the cold.

Now, after eating cookies all day it was rather late by the time we were ready to eat. Our reservations were set for 8:30 and we got to the place right on time...only to find that it was closed! Not even just a little closed (if that is possible) but completely dark, security gate down, no one to be seen nearby. Why we were able to make a reservation and why it is listed online as being open on Sundays (with extra awesome specials on Sundays) who knows? The sign at the restaurant said always closed Sunday.

Disappointed but not out of hope (and not starving yet) we whipped out the cell phone to search for another all you can eat sushi place. We live in a big city, it should not be too hard to find, right? Wrong. Nothing was close to where we were and we were not looking forward to trekking across the city. Additionally, everywhere closed at 10 and by the time we got there we would have too little time to make use of the all you can eat aspect. (You need time to pace yourself for important eating marathons like that :) ).

We did find two sushi places near where we were but both were rather empty, expensive, and not all you could eat. We walked around for a bit, looking at Chinese restaurants, chicken houses, and a whole lot of other places that did not appeal. Finally, we got back on the tram and headed home. At this point we were starving and she was getting grumpy!

We didn't have a ton of food in our fridge and decided to make a deep dish stove-top pizza we saw that morning on Jamie Oliver's cooking show. Unfortunately, after looking up the recipe we got put off by the amount of time it took and the experimenting we would have to do because we did not have all of the ingredients.


The answer (to our extreme hunger by this point because it was after 9:30) turned out to be waiting for us right when we got off the tram. Buy a cheese pizza (or two because we were sooo hungry) from our local pizza place and add our own toppings when we got home. This saved us time and money (cheese pizza is cheap! It is all the stuff on top that puts the price up).

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So, that is the lesson learned. There are ways to keep it relatively cheap (we know, buying any pizza is not as cheap as making your own but there was no way we were going to wait for dough to rise) when you are desperate and grumpy and need food. An idea to keep in mind next time you suffer from the hunger monster :)

~Just don't forget to stick the pizza in the oven for a few minutes to get the toppings all hot and tasty.~

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