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Liam & Peter At Pizza Master Class

What I Learned With Pizza Masterclass

You know how to make pizza, don’t you.

I know how to make pizza. Well, I thought I knewhow to make a pizza.

My pizza’s in the past were made according to a recipe I designed, to be easy, straight forward, with a few toppings and quick to cook.

I received an invite to attend at a function organised for the Blogconnect Pizza Masterclass by the fine folks of @keepleftPR. Being my first major function attending as Kangaroo Dad I was excited by the prospect. I would get to find out my pizza experience, was severely lacking.

My previous pizza making in the past of the past were OK. I discovered pleasantly that although my old technique was adequate, there was MUCH more room for improvement.

This event was sponsored by Bakers Delight, Leggos. Woolworths, Dan Murphys & Perfect Italiano.

I met 20 other fellow bloggers of various niches; mummy bloggers, foodies, lifestyle, fashion and even a couple of fellow bloggers who also happen to be Aussie Daddy Blogger members.
The Keep Left team really made us feel welcomed and shortly after arrival I spoke with those representing the sponsor brands. After some conversation the with brand representatives and a few samples devoured we were taken to another area where our professional chefs Liam Mclaughlin and sous chef Peter showed us their pizza making magic.
We were given detailed information on construction (making bewdyful pizzas), bases, ingredients, cooking time and the right guide of ingredients and when to put them on the pizza.
Note: To the amazement of a lot of people (myself included) we discovered that one of the most popular cheese styles in Australia – Tasty cheese – is highly recommended to NOT be used on pizzas!!!! This is due to the melt/cooking point for the cheese when it’s heated. Apparently it does not have the consistency it needs (doesn’t cook at the right heat and will burn), produces oil when heated up and may possibly slide of your pizza!!!!

Liam and Peter explained that your bases are important and whilst one can be like a chef and make a base from scratch, its easier to get one from Bakers Delight (and you can still use a rolling pin to make a thinner base – awesome!!!). They are par-baked, meaning less moisture and a shorter cook time, so they are ready to make and bake for pizza.

Adding toppings was accomplished after laying out a thin base of everyone’s favourite tomato base and sauces from Leggos. Next a selection of toppings was placed, since we also found out that less, is more.
Mozzarella cheese was next from Perfect Italiano. With sprinkles of parmeson added after the cooking. Pizza, of course, gotta have cheese.
Certain vegetables will cook better on pizzas after they have been lightly pre-cooked beforehand. These include heavy or solid vegetables like pumpkin, mushrooms, onions, capsicum and also to varieties of meat like, pepperoni, sausages and ham. Items from this selection and also fresh, uncooked ingredients (herbs, nuts) were added to the tomato and cheese base. All of these items were proudly supplied by Woolworths.
These then cooked for about 6-8 minutes in dedicated stone based pizza ovens.

Once we had Liam and Peter finish their masterclass with showing us the fantastic end result of their efforts, us attendees were separated into two groups to conduct our own pizza making experience. Whilst one group prepared and cooked, the others once again mingled with our sponsors and had the opportunity to ask more questions about the brands. Dan Murphys supplied the drinksand I discovered that red wines are often favoured as an accompaniment to pizza consumption. Beer and white wine varieties followed up a close second.

I was with the first group and we all commenced to pick our toppings and herbs (Supplied by Woolworths) for our pizzas. Note: the mushrooms were no more than 6 hours old from farm to the KeepleftPR premises. Most Woolworth’s stores receive them a little later to respective stores, than 6 hours…talk about fresh!
We headed back to our tables and commenced with the placing out the Bakers Delight pizza base and topped them with a Leggos tomato paste from a jar or a tub (thicker). We then placed out toppings on the pizza and layered cheese, which in my case was LOTS of mozzarella. The grand aspect of this process was no two pizzas were the same, with everyone putting in their individual tastes and flavours.
These were then baked in the special Pizza ovens for about 6 minutes.
Whilst these pizzas cooked I spoke with Peter Nixon from Dan Murphys and discovered a range of wines suitable for consuming with Pizza. I also spoke at length with Kristen Young from Woolworths about the freshness of the product and the varieties of goods available for us to make pizzas with (the spread of food, the quality of it and the range provided was amazing)

Every product supplied on the evening is available from their respective stores.

Once the pizzas were ready I sat and spoke with a few of the other bloggers, all with many fascinating backgrounds and we discussed our blogs and why we write them. I also met The40YearOldDad – Justin and Working_Dad – James. Both fellow Aussie Daddy Bloggers I have spoken with often and we are all part of the same ADB group, yet we three met for the first time that evening!
Once the second group commenced eating their cooked pizzas, all the brand representatives came and spoke about who they are and what they do for their company, their brands and products of the evening. They also answered a few questions we asked of them.
The evening concluded after 10pm and as we said our thanks and good byes we were given parting gifts!!!! Contained therein were pizza trays and supplies of each of the brand sufficient to allow us to make a pizza in the comfort of home!
Some even used the complimentary service of Uber and were treated to a personal car service trip home.
I found the night an experience I shall long remember and thoroughly enjoyed the new connections I made from meeting many during the evening.

I wish to also say thank you to the team @keepleftPR, Rebecca, Kat, Alice and Sarah. Thanks for your tireless efforts for making this evening happen and in making it a great experience. Thankyou to Dan Murphy’s, Leggos, Woolworths, BakersDelight, PerfectItaliano & Bertocchifor the amazingly fresh and extensive produce provided. Many thanks also to Liam and Peter for a great cooking experience and a fantastic lesson provided in updating and providing me with better pizza making skills!

Click the links below to find the brands

Organisers
Keep Left
#blogconnect

Brands
Dan Murphy’s
Leggos
Woolworths
Bakers Delight
Perfect Italiano
Bertocchi Smallgoods
Uber

Twitter hashtag of the evening
#bcpizzaclass

NB – All photos copyright Jason 2013 – All rights Reserved. If you require to use these photos, please email me to discuss options.

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What Would Be Your Ultimate Fantasy Fathers Day Adventure? Read On, Vote And Win A Subscription!

This is a sponsored post brought to you by Magshop.

I’m delighted to have been asked, along with 9 other fellow Aussie Daddy Bloggers to take part in a Fantasy Fathers day Challenge where one of us can WIN a day out courtesy of Magshop. Here’s the thing though, you can WIN a monthly magazine subscription courtesy of us, the Aussie Daddy Bloggers. All the details are below.

Here is my entry for the Fantasy Fathers Day Competition, I know you will enjoy it!

After 30 laps I am still trying to make best of not starting in pole position. This is it, the last lap, I feel a surge of adrenaline, as I rapidly down change gears, anticipation of a possible win. I am approaching speeds into this first corner that you don’t normally with general road driving. I suddenly realise all of a sudden I have to rapidly make a gear change down or I won’t make the first corner.

I bolt out of the corner as I enter a short straight. I have an opportunity before hitting second corner to make fourth gear. I enter the corner and I hit the brakes hard coming out, rapidly approach the cars in front of me, seeing three other vehicles leading the race. I have gained on position three with that car directly in front and we’re almost crunching bumper bars.

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This race is occurring in my mind and I am now in third position.

I have just passed Craig Lowndes and only have Peter Brock and Dick Johnson ahead.

The next sets of corners, turns and straights are a blur. I have passed all drivers in the race, bar two and I am approaching the final turn. Johnson is just ahead of me with Brocky in front of him. Lowndes is only languishing behind me as I know something mechanical went wrong. I could easily smell burnt oil and I can almost hear Craig curse.

I hit the final corner the hardest and fastest I have ever driven in my professional career and surprise myself with bolting out like a bullet past Johnson. I don’t even look over as I know he is concentrating like me. Just get ahead of everyone else.

I have Brocky finally in my sights and there is nano-seconds separating the two of us. I slam the car forward with effectively timing my last gear change into fifth and put pedal to the metal. I am also almost willing the car to get past Brock.

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… And then it happens, out of nowhere my left rear tires screams it’s had enough and explodes. Years of training, race experience and not giving in to panic helps me keep my cool during a crisis. The car careens and rapidly commences spinning to my left, yet the car hurtles towards the wall to the right of me. I brace for impact knowing that very soon I will slam into the wall. I hit it hard and grit my teeth, all the while thinking I have most likely lost one. The car bounces back off the hard, unyielding wall and I sense more than see Dick Johnson hurtle pass.

I am OK and signal my team I am fine if not a little shaken. I haven’t won the race but in my minds eye I have won the hearts of my legions of fans.

I do look forward to potentially getting a gift for Father’s Day knowing that I can drive 10 whilst coached with a professional. THEN let a professional driver with me as passenger, race around the track at speeds only dreamed of! All in a V8 Supercar!

How fantastic a Father’s Day gift that would be!

Thanks for reading and now it’s up to you to decide who will win the Fantasy Fathers day prize.

That’s all happening over on the Fantasy Father’s Day Competition page where you can Vote and Share your favorite, hopefully me! Remember to vote each day for your favorite. Click on this link to check out the other entries and also to Vote and Share your favorite! Magshop Fantasy Father’s Day Voting Page Also, here’s where you get the chance to Win. Just answer the simple question below and go into the draw to WIN a Magshop Magazine subscription from us Aussie Daddy Bloggers Don’t forget to Vote and Share!

 

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Very Best Dad Jokes Book Competition

Hi Folks,

I am excited to help out a fellow Daddy Blogger Torkona with promoting his brand spanking new eBook.

It is for Dads and it’s choc full of the best Daddy jokes you will find this side of the equator.

There’s a copies for you to win and you need to be in it to win it for Fathers Day.

Here’s an extract of a couple of REALLY good jokes here that got me guffawing lots;

Joke 1

Son: “I’m Thirsty”
Dad: “Hi Thirsty, I’m Friday”

Joke 2
I’m a dyslexic atheist – I don’t believe in Dog

For those of you reading from the Northern Hemisphere, Fathers Day is celebrated on the first Sunday in September for those of us Down Unda!

This eBook sells for $4.99but Tork is also offering special price allowing you to take advantage of this exclusive Father’s Day Sale price of just $2.99 and download the Dad Jokes Book to the eBook reader of your choice. (Plus, $1 from every sale will go towards the Little Hero Foundation to help seriously unwell children).

I’m in luck to also be able to offer 2 FREE COPIES for a couple of lucky Dads.

Click on the link below for your chance to win one of the two available copies – TOTALLY FREE!!!

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Liebster Award

…And The Liebster Award Goes To

I received an award last week. Why did I receive this award? Well, read on more to find out of course.

Lisa over @ her Button Brain blog , Twitter, & Facebook, nominated me a Liebster award. Its an award given to emerging bloggers.

What is a Liebster award?“A Liebster award is given to support and recognise up and comer bloggers who have less than 200 followers (on their blog) or Facebook likes on their FB page. The word “Liebster” traces it’s German origins and is reported to mean sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.
 
By following these basic rules (answer 11 questions set by your nominee, write 11 additional facts about yourself, write 11 new questions of your own and pass the award onto 11 other bloggers to answer) it enables readers to get to know new bloggers and connect with a wider audience.”

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So, I have accepted the award (of course) and taken on the challenge and here are Lisa’s questions and my answers … 

1. Pink Or Red 

Red. It’s bold, full on and I appreciate that at times. Reflects certain parts of my personality.

2. What is one thing you would love to learn how to do?

 Play a six string acoustic guitar. I just have never spent enough time trying to learn the bastard!

3. What is the last thing you do before you go to bed?

 Before closing my eyes I have usually read something interesting on my iPhone 5, usually a blog post, an article, a news item or a wiki entry. I totally geek out before sleeping.

4. When do you do your best work?

 Usually in the late mornings after having coffee.

5. What would you ask for as your last meal?

 Beef Porterhouse steak, Belgian chocolate, Truffles, Triple chocolate thickshake.

6. If you could spend a day with any person on the planet who would it be with and why?

 If he was alive it would have been Nicola Tesla. Much of our concept of the use of electricity (and hence a lot of the emergent technology in the last 120 years) is attributed to the research of Thomas Edison. Yet it was with the breakthroughs and dedicated research ( and even some of his strange and mad concepts) by Tesla we can attest for much of our electrical and modern technology.If Edisonwas back then the Bill Gates of his day, then Tesla was Steve Jobs.

7. What food do you hate?

 Brussel Sprouts, its like eating, wet, three week old garbage. End of story.
 

8. What was your favourite childhood toy?

 Meccano! Followed closely by Lego, bot are just so versatile with mechanics and childhood building concepts.

9. Your favourite high school memory is…?

 My first girlfriend.

10. What superpower do you wish you could have ? (I love this question so I’m borrowing it)

 Instantaneous Teleportation. I fly on planes, but I am not really fond of flying.

11. You have to leave your house in five minutes, and never come back. Your kids and pets are safe. What 5 material possessions are you going to grab?

 Mobile phone, digital camera, digital video camera, laptop, desktop computer.




11 other facts about me you may not know…

1. I beatbox. I am not very good at it or hold any illusion I am the next Joel Turner or Beardyman, but my darling daughter loves it. Kangaroo Mum, not so much.

2. I can do many celebrity voices. Some of those voices are good. Some are very good. Many voices, I will never, ever nail it. No matter how hard I try, there are some voices I will just not ever get down pat. One I am working on is imitating to sound like Jason Statham, but currentlyit sounds much more like Ray Winstone. My personal favourite is Don LaFontaine (you know, that guy known as ‘the movie voice over guy!’)

3. I am a movie buff. I have watched over a 2,000 movies. Some of those more than once!

4. My favourite colour is blue.

5. I don’t watch much free to air television. I average 3 hours a week.

6. I struggle with arachnophobia.

7. When I was 15 I was hit by a car on my way home riding from school. I was thrown 6 metres but came out of it with nary a scratch. The driver was scared as apparently I stood up and started laughing rather than screaming in pain. Probably also accounts for my good looks…

8. My first international overseas trip as an adult was at the age of 40.

9. I am more comfortable in a t-shirt and trakkies than jeans and shirts.

10. I can cook, but I will not be the next Masterchef.

11. I have lived in three countries and four states of Australia.
 

Right, OK It’s my turn to pick some bloggers and provide them some questions…
 
1. You are in The Matrix. Are you Neo, Morpheus, Trinity, or Agent Smith and why?
2. What is one thing you would love to learn how to do? (stealing this question)
3. Overseas or Interstate holiday?
4. What is your dream job?
5. What is your favourite time of the day?
6. If money was not an issue, what would you be doing?
7. What is your best joke?
8. What is your favourite style of music?
9. What is your favourite hobby?
10. Which power would you prefer and why, invisibility or mind reading.
11. You are the Prime Minister of Australia for one month, what would you do?
 
I am handing the Liebster award on to some of my favourite peeps, some very newly discovered, some just quiet achievers, others you may have known for some time. Please show some loving support to these bloggers. I will add links to their Liebster posts when I receive them.
 
And the award now goes to…
Libby @ Willy B Mum
Charlie & Andy @ How to Be A Dad
Robyn @ MrsD Plus 3
Keven @ Just Kevin Blog