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The kids want pizza, and you are trying to make bread. You may as well through in some herbs from the garden to make it more interesting.

Picture if you will two little girls going after the carrots. The fronds become brooms as they work their way down the driveway. At the end of the drive, they decide to have a sword fight, using the carrots as their foils. Maybe they need to stop watching their brother when he has his foils out. They are hungry, and hoping for pizza, but you do not want the standard fare. Luckily, you are in the process of making another loaf of bread. Pizzas for all.
    I guess fencing works up your appetite. I have been getting back into bread making. I really need to start making cakes again. I use to make them every Sunday. Saturdays were my grandmother’s baking days. Her house was filled with treats, which I consumed on Sundays. I guess that is why I like baking on Sundays. I was working on a basic bread dough to which I added flax seeds for fiber. I did not think that I had the ingredients, but I wanted the kids to have their pizza, since they had been working around the house. My measuring cups have been disappearing on me, so I have been creative with amounts. I begin with 1 1/2 cups of warm water (milk is also good), a tablespoon of dried yeast, two tablespoons of sugar, and a cup of flour. I mix these together, and let them sit for 1/2 hour. This proofs the yeast. If I see bubbles, then I am good to go. I add another three cups of flour, a little salt, a little oil, and the flax seeds. Since I was given a mixer, I have been doing my kneading in that wonderful machine. I add more flour to the dough till everything is combined into a ball. Usually about two more cups of flour does the trick. I use a dough hook in the mixer for about four minutes. I do the final kneading on a floured board. The dough should be tacky, but not overly so. This will rest in a warm spot for an hour or two in an oiled bowl.
    It was at this point that the pizza request was made. I have some tomatoes on the vines, but they are not ready, so I broke into a can that I have for emergencies. I went out into the garden for rosemary, garlic leaves, and oregano. I chopped the herbs and added them to the crushed tomatoes. I spread this over dough that I had rolled out after the rising. I grated the only cheese that I had, Muenster. For a topping, I sliced up bratwurst from a butcher in the Hill Country. This went into a pre-heated oven (420F) for twenty minutes.
    I thought a salad would go well with my pizza. Since the girls had given up their carrot foils, and they wanted to eat those with dinner, I added these into a bowl. I sliced them thinly. Back out in the garden, I went after, swiss chard, the tops of pea vines, mint, and parsley.The ingredients were torn by hand into the bowl.  I added a little bit of oil, soy sauce, and balsamic vinegar over the salad, then I tossed it all.
    Maybe I can say that this was a healthy pizza. Rustic may be a better term. This pizza was not like those purchased from pizzerias, but the meal was a success, considering how the kids ate. The crust was thick. I think that I should invest in a pizza stone to really have a better crust. Maybe I should make some tomato sauce to keep on hand. However, the “sauce” that I made worked fine. The dough took time, but there was not too much work involved. I would do this again.