Last night’s dinner almost didn’t happen. Except it somehow did.
But the best part? It also made for an incredibly easy lunch today.
Here’s how it went…
I picked up Parker from summer camp at 5:15 p.m. We had 30 minutes to get to his karate class, which would last until 6:30. By the time we’d get home to the camp, it would be about 7:15.
I’d done no dinner prep.
And I wanted a cocktail.
And a swim.
And Parker wanted Lego time.
It all worked. I started by swinging by our favorite pizza shop and grabbing a ball of their dough. Just the dough. And then I tossed it in the backseat of my very hot car. And that’s where it sat until we got home.
And that was the plan. All that time in the hot car? Perfect for letting the dough rise. By the time we pulled into the driveway, it was perfectly soft and tender and doughy delicious and ready to be cooked.
Before I even walked in the door, I turned on the grill so it could heat up.
By 7:20 p.m. I was crafting my cocktail — 2 ounces vodka, 1 ounce agave syrup, 1 ounce lemon juice and a 12-ounce bottle of India pale ale — all over ice. Crazy delicious and refreshing. I probably drank it way too fast, but I didn’t care.
Now… dinner. I tossed a ton of bacon on the grill. To keep the flaming fat under control, I made a tray out of foil, then popped it right over the flames. It cooked up perfectly in minutes.
I also added a few ears of corn to the grill’s top shelf. And a slab of salmon for myself. Then I dumped a bag of frozen broccoli florets into another foil pouch and tossed that on.
Then I drank some more.
By 7:40 I pulled the salmon, bacon and corn off the grill. I stretched the pizza dough with my hands, rubbed it with some olive oil, then threw it on the grill.
Close the grill cover. Take a drink. Open the grill cover a minute later. Use tongs to flip my dough, which is now perfectly cooked on the bottom. Scatter the bacon over the dough, add cheese, close the lid and cut the heat.
Dump my salmon over my broccoli. Add salt.
Pull the pizza off the grill. Drizzle it with maple syrup. Dinner. Served by 7:47.
And there still was time for a quick swim and legos.
Today’s lunch? Leftover maple-bacon grilled pizza. And watermelon.
Thankfully, no karate tonight. So dinner should be slightly more relaxed… More time for swimming. And cocktails.