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Piano Learning Tips For Beginners that Really Work

Piano Learning Tips For Beginners that Really Work

Many people dream of playing the piano but never take the plunge and start learning. Lots of students are simply unsure of where to start. There are several reasons why playing the piano can be an extremely rewarding experience. Playing the piano is not only a great way to relax and de-stress, but it can also boost your self-confidence. In addition, it’s a great way to meet new people and make new friends. If you’ve been thinking about taking up the piano, there’s no time like the present. With just some practice, you’ll be playing your favorite songs in no time. Playing the piano can be both a fun and a rewarding experience, but it takes time and practice to master this complex instrument. Here are a few tips for beginners:

Choose a Good App

As a beginner, finding a good piano-playing app should be the first position on your to-do list. If you’re starting to learn piano from scratch or returning to the instrument after a long break, there are a few apps out there that could be helpful in jumpstarting your journey. Many apps have a guide on how to play the piano for beginners and offer clear and concise instructions that can help you get started quickly and easily. In addition, they often come with a built-in metronome, which is essential for keeping tempo while you practice. Finally, most of these apps are affordable, making them an excellent option for budget-conscious beginners. So if you’re looking to start playing the piano, be sure to download one of these helpful apps.

Start by learning the basic chords

Chord refers to the simplest musical device in existence. It’s just two or more notes that are played together, but it can make for some really beautiful music! TogetherChords can be created by overlapping two melody lines or by playing multiple notes at the same time. When multiple notes are played together, harmony is created. The notes in a chord can be related to each other in different ways, depending on the type of chord being played. Major and minor chords, for example, have a different relationship between the notes than a seventh chord does. Chords can also be described by their function, such as tonic, subdominant, or dominant. Chords are an essential part of music theory, and understanding how to create and play them is essential for any musician. Once you know how to form chords, you can start playing simple songs.

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes

It’s natural to be afraid of making mistakes when you’re learning something new, but don’t let that fear hold you back when it comes to playing the piano. Everyone makes mistakes when first starting out, which is perfectly okay. In fact, making mistakes is an essential part of the learning process. Every time you make a mistake, you’re giving yourself an opportunity to learn and improve. So do not be afraid of making mistakes, embrace them and use them as a chance to grow as a musician. You’ll be surprised at how noticeable your progress will be with time and practice. Just keep practicing, and you’ll eventually get it right.

Practice, practice, practice!

We all know that practice makes perfect, and that is especially true when it comes to learning to play the piano. But what does it really mean to practice? According to dictionary.com, to practice is to “repeatedly perform or execute an action or activity in order to acquire proficiency in it.” In other words, practice is about repetition and mastery. It’s about practicing something over and over again until you can do it without thinking until it becomes second nature. Thus, the more you practice, the better and better you will become at it. So, set aside some time each day to sit down at the piano and just play around. Try different chords, experiment with different rhythms, and just have fun. The more you play, the faster you will progress. Soon, you’ll be playing your favorite music not only for fun but also as a proficient piano player. So don’t be discouraged and demotivated if it takes a little time to get the hang of things. Just keep practicing and you’ll be a pro in no time.

Conclusion

Anyone can learn to play the piano, regardless of age or natural ability. However, becoming a proficient pianist takes time, dedication, and practice. If you’re serious about becoming a skilled pianist, there are a few things you can do to help improve your chances of success. A good app and a consistent practice schedule will help you make the most of your time. Finally, don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes when learning something new, so don’t let them discourage you from pursuing your dream of becoming a pianist. With these tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a proficient pianist in no time!

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All you need to know about renting an apartment in another country

All you need to know about renting an apartment in another country

All you need to know about renting an apartment in another country

Packing up your life and moving abroad is an exciting prospect, with so many new adventures awaiting. But it does require a lot of careful planning, particularly when it comes to finding somewhere to live.

Thanks to the internet, this is now much easier to do than it has been in the past, with it possible to find a rental online that’s ready for you to move in as soon as you touch down. Rental sites such as Rentola allow you to compare rental properties around the globe, based on your budget, accommodation type, and the number of bedrooms.

For example, if you head to Rentola Dublin, you can browse properties in various neighbourhoods and find the ones that fit your budget. By using a rental comparison website with multiple listings in the same destination, there’s also less chance that you’ll be ripped off.

Decide where you want to live

First things first. You need to decide which country/city most appeals to you as your next “home”. Are you planning on moving somewhere that you’ve visited before or is it a destination you’ve always dreamt about living in long-term?

When deciding where to live, take into consideration the costs of living, the local culture, and the overarching lifestyle, and make sure they all appeal to you. If you can’t find reliable articles online, search for expat forums where you can ask questions about what it’s like to live in a particular neighbourhood, access to public transportation, and recreational opportunities.

Figure out your budget

There’s no point setting your sights on living somewhere expensive like Manhattan if you’re on a small budget. Be realistic about what you can afford and use this to guide your search.

You should also remember that there are lots of additional expenses to consider in addition to rent, such as security deposits, utility payments, and transportation costs. Some landlords may also require that you pay several weeks’ rent upfront, so add a bit of “buffer” into your budget.

Not only do you need to think about rental costs but also the expenses of day-to-day life. If you’re someone who likes to eat out a lot, take into consideration the costs of doing so in your chosen destination. Prefer to cook at home? The price of groceries can vary widely from country to country, so do your research about what the average person spends at the supermarket on a weekly basis.

Know what type of accommodation you want

In some destinations, you will have a wide variety of housing types to choose from, including apartments, villas, and townhouses. In others, the high density of people may mean that small apartments are the norm, and finding anything more substantial may be next to impossible.

If there is a choice available, consider the type of accommodation that you would prefer and the lifestyle it offers. Perhaps you want to try something different from what you have previously known, which may even mean sharing your new home with a flatmate. Not only is this a great way to meet people as you’re settling in but it will help to keep costs down too.

To furnish or not to furnish

Fitting your place out with furnishings can be not only expensive but stressful, particularly while you’re still settling into a new place. Some rental properties come with furnishings, which will save you the hassle of trying to transport bulky items from the point of sale to your new home. You may pay more for a furnished apartment but it could save you a lot of time (and even money) in the long run.

Have your documents ready

Just like renting an apartment in your home country, there will be documents that are required before you receive your key. These may include your passport/ID card, evidence of employment, or even a bank statement showing that you have sufficient funds available. You may also be asked to sign a tenancy agreement saying that you will leave the property in the same condition that you found it.

Plan your move

Now for the exciting part – packing up your belongings and getting ready to start your new life abroad! If you need to secure visas, make this a priority as they can take weeks or even months to process. Without the correct visa, you won’t even be able to get on the plane to start your journey!

Next, book your flight/train/bus tickets, preferably as far ahead of time as possible as prices usually increase as you get closer to the departure date. Keep in mind that you may need to book extra baggage if you’re bringing a lot of stuff and it will probably be cheaper to do so at the time of booking than at the airport.

Need to move more than just a few suitcases? Start researching the most affordable and efficient way of moving your possessions with the help of a relocation company.





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I have joined a Queen Tribute Band

I have joined a Queen Tribute Band

I am now Keyboardist with US-Based Queen Tribute Band, Celebrating Queen

Over the past few months I have been working with a band based in the USA. It is a Queen tribute band and we did a cover of Under Pressure during the first lockdown. After that we spoke about the possibilities and I’m delighted to announce that I am now keyboardist and musical director with the US based Queen Tribute band, ‘ Celebrating Queen’. This amazing band has for many years been entertaining audiences in the USA and also in Europe with a powerful show with the music of the rock band Queen. As you may know I am a huge Queen fan and I run my own Queen fan site called ‘Shanes’s Queen Site‘ which you can visit via the links above.

The Celebrating Queen band are currently sorting bookings and tour dates for 2021 shows, such as festivals, events and custom venues – all covid dependant. For more details on booking Celebrating Queen please visit the official website www.celebratingqueen.com !

I have been playing the music of Queen for many years, and since 1993 and this great opportunity is a real dream come true for me, as it has been something which I have always wanted to do. I already play in a classic rock covers band in Clomnel called ‘Custom 160‘ but a dedicated Queen opportunity … I couldn’t say no!

The setlist of the band is varied, including all the Greatest Hits like Bohemain Rhapsody, Killer Queen and Radio Ga Ga as well as deep cuts like March of the Black Queen, Stone Cold Crazy and Death on Two Legs.

So from here, as I write this in the middle of lockdown during mid-pandemic October 2020 it’s just a waiting game. I’m hoping that concert dates can actually be booked for next year. I hope you will join me on the journey and I will keep you updated on tour dates and any venues that are booked. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube via the links below.

It’s sure to be an exciting time and I will upload as much detail on this site as is possible – and don’t forget to visit my Queen site also if you are a fan… lots to entertain you there also.

Please Follow me on YouTube via the link below as I will be bringing you on my journey as Celebrating Queen Keyboardist and Musical Director.

Celebrating Queen - Live in Liberty Missouri on June 10th 2022

June 10th 2022

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My YouTube channel has lots of Queen related videos, including Queen piano Tutorials, Queen reviews and also behind the scenes footage from my concerts with Celebrating Queen.

Top 20 Glastonbury Festival Tips – Get the Most out of your Glastonbury Festival Experience

Top 20 Glastonbury Festival Tips – Get the Most out of your Glastonbury Festival Experience

I have been to Glastonbury 3 times, 2013, 2015 and 2016 and I even played 2 of the official stages in 2015. The Glastonbury Festival is an amazing experience and lack of pre-planning can affect your enjoyment. These are my Glastonbury Tips for before, during and after the Glastonbury Festival. There were 18 but I have extended them with 2 great additional tips.

1) Bring the Right Stuff

The gates to the Glastonbury Festival open early on the Wednesday morning of the festival. Before you get to the gates you should have a think and plan your packing.

These are a few items you should think of bringing to Glastofest;

  • Good fitting wellies: If it rains the areas become very muddy quickly. Invest in a good pair of wellies which fit correctly. However, based on the recent weather in the midlands and south of the UK, there could easily be further rain issues affecting the Glastonbury Festival this year. (unlike last year’s weather)
  • Bring Hiking Boots or Hiking Shoes also:  If it is sunny you don’t want to be dragging your feet around in warm wellies.
  • Phone PowerBar: You will need to charge your phone, 3 or 4 fully charged power bars might get you through a few days.
  • Torch: When it gets dark, certain areas of the site are unlit and a torch will help you find your way
  • Sunfactor and after-sun: You are standing outdoors most of the day waiting for your favourite band, don’t get burnt! You will need sun factor this year! Last year I brought it and never used it, as the weather was so wet.
  • Wet Wipes: You may not have a chance for a shower but at least you can be fresh-ish!
  • Sandwich Bags: These can help keep your phone and other items dry (should it rain)
  • Black Bin Liners: Can make for a quick and cheap poncho
  • Transistor Radio: Get one for a few quid so you can enjoy WorthyFM the Glastonbury Festival radio station.
  • Batteries: Bring some batteries for your radio and torch.
  • Toilet Rolls: If you are camping, this is a vital accessory … bring 3 or 4 each in a small plastic bag to keep them dry.
  • Hand Sanitiser: A useful and cheap alternative to soap which is not something you find in the drop toilets here.
  • Bring Layers: The temperature could be 27C and sunny or 12C and windy in the evening, so be prepared.
  • Tickets: Don’t forget your tickets as you won’t get in without them … no matter what the excuse.
  • Don’t bring anything you value … it will probably be ok but don’t risk it!

Also, this year with the extended security searches everything will be searched. So if you can buy it, (e.g. beer, snacks) don’t bring it with you. There will be extra long queues on day one as a result so be prepared for this. It is hard to know how things will change after Covid-19/Corona Virus and Glastonbuey 2020 was actually cancelled due to the global Corona virua pandemic. It may or may not go ahead in 2021, it’s hard to know at this stage. As a musician myself I hope the live music scene gets up and running in last 2020 and hopefully GlastoFest can continue but we may need to include masks, sanitiser in a future list.

 

2) Download the Glastonbury Festival Smartphone App to schedule your week in advance

There are over 100 areas where you can catch a band, everything from a small stage in the corner of the site to the impressive Pyramid stage. The official Glastonbury EE smartphone app has the full listing for all the main stages. You can also plan your trip by marking the bands or events you want to see. This way, you can identify clashes. If you do have a clash I would recommend going to the band which either are harder to get a live concert of or the one which is more unusual. In the past I have seen the Moody Blues when there was a clash – I felt it was a once in a lifetime chance to see them live. I have used the smartphone app every year and it certainly helps – there is even a Glastonbury site map to help you get around.

To download the Official Glastonbury App powered by EE visit http://ee.co.uk/why-ee/tickets-events/glastonbury  (note this is an old link and may not work for current events)

 

3) Expect Delays

If you are driving to Glastonbury for day one you will encounter delays. Last year some people were in the cars for up to 24 hours coming from London. Ensure you have enough petrol, water, snacks and patience when you are getting there. Don’t worry it will be worth it.  Every year we go, we always stay at a nearby town called Nunney the night before, in a lovely pub/hotel called the George at Nunney, this is only 30 minutes from the Glastonbury Festival entrance. It’s a handy tip to get a bit closer to the event in advance.

Also, don’t forget the extra security which will be in place this year as mentioned in point 1 above which might cause further delays!

 

4) What to expect when you arrive at the Glastonbury Festival

Once you park your car or disembark your bus you will need too queue for entry.  There will be a long queue and last year it took us 45 minutes to get through around 11:20 am but it might be a bit longer this year. In fast during the 2019 heatwave I recall hearing stories of a 2 hour wait, so ensure you have shade and sun screen, even at 10am you could get burned on a hot day. Present your ticket and you will get an wristband which must remain untouched on your wrist for the duration. You will also get the Glastonbury magazine and a lanyard with information about the acts etc.

Now if you are camping, quickly go find a good spot.

 

5) Pitching your tent

Obviously, you have to select an area to pitch your tent. Ensure to try to get an area which is uphill, so any rain won’t accumulate in your area, also not too near the path, so you don’t get trampled on in high footfall areas. If you have a pole or flag, this can help identify your tent amongst the thousands in the area. If you don’t have one, just identify some other landmarks or flags to help you.

We decided not to pitch a tent but to have one pitched for us – the Pop-Up Hotel is the ideal way to do Glastonbury if you prefer not to go down that route. The facilities include a really comfy pre-erected tent or yurt, security, electricity WiFi, dining options, hot showers, nice toilets, music and a great crew of friendly staff to help you at all times. I’m gone past the days of mucking it!!

Glastonbury Festival - Top Glastonbury Tips

6) Arriving on the Glastonbury Site on Day 1

I would recommend on day 1 getting to the Stone Circle as soon as possible. There’s lots of song and laughter in this area, we enjoyed a very “earth-song” like rendition around midday with lots of people holding hands, and a real throwback to the Glastonbury of the 70s.Very enjoyable just to sit and relax … you’re here !

After that, I recommend walking the site as much as possible to understand the areas like the Park, The Glade, Green Futures, the Healing fields and how to navigate between them. If you know where each route leads, should you need to get from the Pyramid Stage to the Park Stage in a hurry, you will know the route without looking it up on the map or reference the Glastonbury App.

 

7) Understanding the Limits of Glastonbury

There are a few things which you will find about the Glastonbury Festival and some home comforts which you won’t have. These are a few which the first time visitor may encounter.

  • You probably won’t have a phone signal all the time – you will be off the grid sometimes (or at least I was)
  • Toilets are a luxury and you can forget any thoughts of having a pine scented bathroom to enjoy (Try the long drop toilets)
  • Showers are a real luxury (unless you’re lucky enough to be glamping), get your wet wipes for that or queue for a shower in the early morning.
  • There will be a lot of walking, ensure your footwear is good.
  • If it rains – it gets muddy very fast. Check the forecast for each day ahead if you can so you are prepared!
  • There are a lot of people so just remember to be patient and just go with the flow.

 

8) Grab a spot for a wonderful Sunset

At the end of day 1, climb one of the hills, such as the one with the Glastonbury sign on it – This is a good spot to watch the sunset.
As long as it is not raining! You really could sit here all night.

Glastonbury Festival - Glastonbury Sunset

9) Don’t just limit yourself to one stage

The music at the Glastonbury Festival starts on the Friday and it is worth getting to the first act on the first music day. You will always remember the thrill of saying, it has started – Glastonbury Festival is on!!

You now have 3 packed days of music and around 100 stages or areas to try visit. I would recommend trying to visit all the major stages from Pyramid to West Holts and the Other Stage to the Park. You will enjoy a great variety of genres and even a few bands which you may fall in love with. I recall seeing bands like Haim, First Aid Kit and Rudimental for the first time – all great acts.

 

10) Expand your tastebuds

There are some spectacular food options at Glastonbury. Yes, you can get burgers, chips and hot dogs but there is a lot more to enjoy. I recommend going to places like Greenfields for a veggie option or over near the Double Decker which serves tea there is a wonderful seafood kitchen where I got the most amazing crab dish. I also remember overdosing on Tom’s Pies somewhere near the Pyramid stage. The final recommendation is Pachamama, go there and try the Tibetan soup and other delicious options.

 

11) The Circus Fields … not just for children

You really should spend some time in the Circus fields. Many people overlook this area of the Glastonbury Festival. Last year I saw some of the most amazing acrobatics – one of the acts included a drummer playing with a band who was on a bungee cord. You will get exactly what you though, circus acts but you will also see many walk-about acts, comedians and a few musicians just to keep the Glastonbury feeling alive in that area.

 

12) Push your Limits, Open Your Mind

There are some amazing venues which may (or may not) push your limits. These include areas such as the Unfairground, Block9 and Shangri-La. I really enjoyed areas like the Cave, Glasto Latino, The Common, and Copperdollar (my favourite). These areas at night become like a scene from a post-apocalyptic world like Mad Max. After 11pm these areas are very popular and you probably will see very big queues.

 

13) Watch the Arcadia Spectacular Spider awaken from its slumber

On Thursday evening at 10pm the Arcadia Spider dress rehearsal takes place. This is your chance to see the whole show before the official start of Arcadia proceedings on the Friday night. If you miss the Thursday rehearsal then just make sure you get there early on Friday to get a good spot. The arcadia spectacular is amazing.

The Arcadia Spider at Glastonbury Festival

14) Chill Out

If you want to chill out there are a number of areas you can do so. I like visiting the healing fields and the craft fields. Last year in the healing fields I got a gong bath which is 2 gongs being banged for 30 minutes – sounds terrible, but I fell asleep and felt great after it. You can also do yoga, meditation, reflexology and much more in the healing fields area.

The Craft fields are great for trying something new, everything from axe wielding and ring making to wood work and silversmiths. I made a ring for £20 – a very enjoyable 3 hours silversmithing. Try visit the craft fields on the Thursday as the music has not yet started.

The Peace tent near the stone circle is also another amazing spot to visit. The flame in the centre was (apparently) lit from the embers of the flames of the bombed Nagasaki. Very moving area to come and meditate.

15) Find a random piano

There are a few pianos dotted around the site and as a piano player I get to one each day for a few minutes. A good crowd will draw and my favourite moment in 2016 was how 2 or 3 people turned into about 50 or 60 as I played Bohemian Rhapsody (I will edit the post in the at some point to share this)

16) Get a view of the Glastonbury Tor

The Glastonbury Tor can be seen from some locations but the iconic ancient building a few miles away is often captured by the BBC in their coverage. Find it and grab a photo of it for yourself.

17) Climb the Ribbon Tower

There will be a queue for this iconic tower but the views are worth it. You have probably seen this on BBC coverage or Glastonbury images. The ribbon tower gives great panoramic views of the whole Glastonbury Festival site.

18) Board the Double Decker Bus for Tea

Yes, there is a red double decker bus serving tea and crumpets (and a lot more). Located not too far from the pyramid stage this bus is always busy. With comfy seating it’s a great place to go after you have been standing for 4 hours watching your favourite headliner. The simple things in life often bring the greatest joy, and you can relax onboard the double decker and take in some well deserved treats. There are cakes here too and they are great.

19) Listen to the Glastonbury Festival Local Radio Station

Tune into WorthyFM for the very latest news about the festival plus some secret gigs. In 2015 we were listening to WorthyFM and heard that the Dali Lama was going to be at the stone circle. Only for that we would not have been at an audience with this great man. Tune in to Worthy FM at 87.5MHz.

View from the Ribbon Tower at Glastonbury Festival

20) End as you started – at the Stone Circle

End your visit to Glastonbury as you started it, at the stone circle. This spot at around 3am early on Monday morning after all the music has ended is a very fitting place to be. Song, laughter and a very relaxed feeling over the site.
It’s over for another year – but you were there.

Enjoy Glastonbury!
Don’t Pee on the Land and Leave no Trace !

 

My Glastonbury Festival Photo Gallery

Solas Cancer Care Waterford – Film for Life 2019

Solas Cancer Care Waterford – Film for Life 2019

Solas Cancer Care – Film for Life 2019

NOTE : This is an old post but I have left it on the site in order to highlight Solas Cancer Care Waterford as a worthy charity to support and also I hope to do more fundraising for this charity in the future. Due to Covid-19 there was no Film For Life 2020 but hopefully I will be posting details of Film for Life 2021 here very soon.

Solas Film for Life 2019 is the third year of this Movie based fundraiser which raises much needed funds for Solas Cancer Care services in Waterford, Ireland. Last year I entered the Film for Life fundraiser and over 6 weeks rehearsing and filming we acted out a scene from a famous movie. Last year’s movie (Film for Life 2018) was “The Hangover” and I played Phil, the Bradley Cooper character. We eventually won “Best Film” at the Solas Cancer Care Film for Life 2018. At this stage I can truly say I have bitten the acting bug for sure.

I really enjoyed last year’s Film for Life and the fact that I was able to raise funds for a great cause. Therefore, I am doing Solas Film for Life again this year. The 2019 Film for Life saw me playing Hugh Grant’s role of Daniel Cleaver in Bridget Jones Diary. I filmed the scenes for this year’s movie on the 18th of May 2019 and the screening took place on Saturday 8th June 2019 at the Tower Hotel in Waterford.

All Film for Life donations regardless of size were taken online and everyone who gave to the Solas fundraising effeor has been credited on this page.
I also included a total of all donations for my Film for Life 2019 fundraising event which I received online and offline and these are displayed below.

Amount (€) Raised to Date

Thank You for your support

I would like to thank the following people for their support

Maria McEvoy

Vera McEvoy

Steph & Greg Porter

Colin Donovan

Elaine & Chris O’Sullivan

Eoghan Murphy

Mary Murphy

Martin Murphy

Maria McDonald

Karen McDonald

Julie Purcell

Pat Grant

Kate, Nick and Molly McCarthy

Richard Hannigan Hair Design, Waterford

Anonymous Donation Online (Thank you)

Thank to you all the sponsors of my Fundraising for Solas Cancer Care “Film for Life 2019”

About Solas Cancer Care, Waterford

The Solas Cancer Support Centre offers free cancer support to those affected by cancer, their families and carers in the South East of Ireland. These cancer support services are available in their centre at Williamstown in Waterford City and in their West Waterford service based in the Alternative Health Clinic in Dungarvan.  Solas Film For Life is one of the many ways this local cancer care and cancer support charity raises funds. 

Delicious homemade pizza recipe

Delicious homemade pizza recipe

My delicious Pizza Recipe

If you are looking for a tasty meal or snack to share then you can’t go too far wrong with a homemade pizza. This is my own homemade pizza recipe. It includes a pizza base recipe and a pizza sauce recipe.

I have followed recipes online and from time to time they don’t actually work out. However, with this recipe, I can guarantee the pizza recipe here does work. This is one recipe which I have made a few times now and it just improves each time I make it.

There are 4 stages to this pizza recipe. The pizza dough, the pizza topping and the pizza assembly…. and of course actually baking the pizza.

The Pizza dough

(this pizza recipe makes one 12 inch pizza, thin base. If you want thicker or if you want 2 thin pizzas you need to double the quantities.) 

You will need the following to make the pizza dough: 

  • 150g flour.
  • 120ml warm water
  • Teaspoon of oil
  • Half teaspoon sugar & a bit less same for salt
  • Just over 1/2 teaspoon dry active yeast
    (If you use quick yeast you may need to play around with the quantities)

Pizza Base method

Mix the warm water (1/3 almost boiling mixed with 2/3 cold) and the yeast and the sugar. Give this a good mix around with a fork for 30 seconds. Leave to rest for 5-10 mins until it looks frothy.

In another bowl sieve the flour and salt and then add a drop of oil as per the ingredients.

Once the yeast mix is ready make a well and pour into. Don’t put all the water in as you might have enough in 110 or 115 ml. Mix together with a fork. When it looks like it is coming together, form a ball and place on a surface with some flour. Now you need to knead and stretch it for 10 mins. Once this pizza dough mix has been kneaded put in an oiled bowl for 45 – 60 minutes covered with a damp clean cloth or cling film.

This should double in size during that time.

Pizza recipe – The topping sauce

This pizza topping sauce is my own recipe. It was developed out of necessity as I had none to-hand, but I had tomatoes. If you already have one store bought you can skip this. However, the flavour from a home made sauce is phenomenal.

You need the following ingredients:

15-20 cherry tomatoes or 2-3

Large tomatoes

Pinch of salt

Black Pepper

Half clove of crushed garlic (optional)

1 tsp Spinach pesto (optional)

1 tbsp of Rojo sauce (optional)

Cheese

Mushrooms

(Any other toppings eg spinach, sweet corn etc)

Chop the tomatoes as small as you can without being blended mush. They should still have some consistency. Heat a pan on a medium to high heat with a drop of olive oil. Once hot place the tomatoes on the pan with the pinch of salt and some freshly cracked pepper and fry for a few mins. Reduce the heat and add the pesto and Rojo sauce. After 10 mins you should be able to break up the tomatoes further. Once in a sauce consistency place in a bowl and let cool in the fridge.

My Pizza Recipe - The Pizza before it is cooked

Assembling the pizza 

Once the pizza base has doubled punch it back and knock out the air. Place on a floured surface and start rolling into a circular shape. Flour a pizza pan and place the dough on it. Leave in a warm place for 10-15 mins.

Heat an oven to 210C (fan) or 230 C (without fan).

Once rested and the tomato sauce is cooled you can progress. Spread the prepared sauce on the base ensuring to cover all the areas. Now add your toppings.

If the oven is at temperature place the pizza into the oven in the middle. Cook for 9-12 minutes (keep an eye). You should now have a delicious homemade pizza. Use a pizza slicer and enjoy.

 

The Result – The cooked Pizza

My Pizza Recipe - The Pizza Cooked and delicious