After a sodden spring, the first weekend in June finally brought relentless, welcome sunshine. Our grapevines grew inches overnight, the hydrangeas went bonanza, all my spring garden greens looked like they were ready to bolt, and the change of season was upon us. If we could brave the mosquitoes, it was high time to dine outside.
We invited my husband’s distant cousin and his family over for dinner. Cousin Glenn was born in the north of England, went to university in Japan where he met his willowy and shockingly tall Japanese wife, and was newly stationed in San Francisco at the French consulate. They have a beautiful toddler son to whom they speak French and Japanese, so it was a multicultural evening indeed.
Pizza is the ultimate cross cultural bridge, and homemade pizza fired on the grill provides some hands on entertainment when language fails us. So, we made pizzas together, and talked about France and Japan, parks and Japanese mommy groups (who knew?) in San Francisco. And of course wine, proving once again that wine is the grownup glue that holds us all happily together.
I’ll show you how to make your own pizza dough here, and I encourage you to seek out some 00 flour from Italy. If you can’t find it, don’t worry, all purpose flour will be just fine. But the 00 flour allows you to roll that pizza dough out extra thin, and the crust results in that perfect nirvana of crunchy and chewy. We paired our pizza with our HANNA Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, with its up front fruit and velvety tannins. We pronounced it all delicious in every language.