Niall Moran

Harry Styles and Niall Horan Photograph

The One Direction boys are global now with fans from one end of the world to another and they still continue to gain followers not just, young ones where they are idolised and swooned over but also the older ones because they are dragged there by the young ones and then the older ones wish they were their sons! or maybe not!

Niall Moran eating one massive Calzone which looks a little burnt to me!

Keep an eye on yours so it does not burn as his did!

Calzone is a folded Italian pizza which, by the sheer nature of its shape, is far more portable than a normal pizza and looks a bit like a Cornish pasty. Although the flavourings can be the same as for pizza, Italians often fill their calzone with leftover veg from the night before, or with various things that need using up, mixed with lovely tomatoes and some melting mozzarella. Great served hot or cold.

Ingredients

  • 1 pizza dough recipe – cheat you can buy Just Rol in the chiller cabinet and Tesco also do a pizza dough!
  • flour, for dusting
  • olive oil
  • 500 g mixed mushrooms (such as girolles, shiitake, enoki and chestnut), cleaned and torn up
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and finely sliced
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves picked
  • 50 g butter
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 200 ml quickest tomato sauce
  • 300 g spinach leaves, washed and spun dry
  • 2 x 125 g good-quality mozzarella pieces, torn into pieces

Method

First, make your pizza dough. Preheat the oven to full whack, then tear the knocked-back dough into four pieces and roll each one out on a floured surface. You want to get them roughly circular, about the thickness of a pound coin, and 30cm across. You can now either keep these in the fridge, stacked and separated with olive-oil-rubbed and flour-dusted tinfoil, until you’re ready to cook them, or you can put your topping on and cook them straight away.

Pour a large lug of olive oil into a hot frying pan. Add the mushrooms and toss briefly in the hot oil before adding the sliced garlic and the thyme. Fry until the mushrooms are cooked and smell fantastic. Drop in the butter and toss the mushrooms in it to make them tasty and shiny. Season with a little salt and pepper.

Add the tomato sauce to the pan and stir. Cook for a few minutes, then add the spinach (in batches if you need to) and stir again. Simmer away the liquid until you’re left with a thick, tasty mixture that’s not too moist (otherwise it will burst through the dough when you’re cooking the calzone).

Divide the mushroom and spinach mixture evenly between the four pizza bases and spread it out nicely. Top with pieces of mozzarella and season with salt and pepper. To make your calzone, carefully lift the far edge of the pizza dough and pull it over the top towards you – you basically need to fold it in half (imagine it looking like a big Cornish pasty!). Crimp the edges so none of the filling can spill out. Place the calzone side by side on a floured baking tray (use two if you need to), pizza stone or granite slab.

Cook for 10 to 15 minutes on the bottom of the preheated oven until the dough is puffed up and golden on top and the filling is hot.

Pizza dough 

Serves makes 6 to 8 medium-sized thin pizza bases

  • 1 kg white bread flour or Tipo ’00’ flour, or 800g strong white bread flour or Tipo ’00’ flour, plus 200g finely ground semolina flour
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 x 7 g dried yeast sachets
  • 1 tablespoon golden caster sugar
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 650 ml lukewarm water

Method

Sieve the flour/s and salt on to a clean work surface and make a well in the middle. In a jug, mix the yeast, sugar and olive oil into the water and leave for a few minutes, then pour into the well. Using a fork, bring the flour in gradually from the sides and swirl it into the liquid. Keep mixing, drawing larger amounts of flour in, and when it all starts to come together, work the rest of the flour in with your clean, flour-dusted hands. Knead until you have a smooth, springy dough.

Place the ball of dough in a large flour-dusted bowl and flour the top of it. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and place in a warm room for about an hour until the dough has doubled in size.

Now remove the dough to a flour-dusted surface and knead it around a bit to push the air out with your hands – this is called knocking back the dough. You can either use it immediately, or keep it, wrapped in clingfilm, in the fridge (or freezer) until required. If using straight away, divide the dough up into as many little balls as you want to make pizzas – this amount of dough is enough to make about six to eight medium pizzas.

Timing-wise, it’s a good idea to roll the pizzas out about 15 to 20 minutes before you want to cook them. Don’t roll them out and leave them hanging around for a few hours, though – if you are working in advance like this it’s better to leave your dough, covered with clingfilm, in the fridge. However, if you want to get them rolled out so there’s one less thing to do when your guests are round, simply roll the dough out into rough circles, about 0.5cm thick, and place them on slightly larger pieces of olive-oil-rubbed and flour-dusted tinfoil. You can then stack the pizzas, cover them with clingfilm, and pop them into the fridge.

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Robert De Niro

Hugh Jackman loves Locanda Verda Robert De Niro created it.

In May 2009  Robert De Niro’s  opened  Locanda Verde, top chef Andrew Carmellini in the kitchen.  As reported on New York Restaurants web page in 2009 Robert De Nero said the following.

How many restaurants are you invested in?  I don’t know … 23, 24, 25. Almost twenty Nobus around the world; Ago in L.A., Florida, Las Vegas; Tribeca Grill; and now this, Locanda Verde. We spent a lot of time figuring out that name. With Italian restaurants, it’s hard because there’s so many. Somebody’s gonna come out of the woodwork and say you stole it.  Do you read your restaurant reviews? Well, I don’t read everything. But I did read that one.  Does having a celebrity name attached help or hurt?   It can be not such a good thing because they say, “Well, you know, they just want to open a restaurant, it’s a vanity thing.” The food has to really stand on its own. Do you consider yourself a foodie?   I’m not a foodie, but I like good food. I have a good appetite. I’m always curious about food from different countries, different cultures. You go to a hotel and all of a sudden they’re giving you Western-style stuff, and I say, “I didn’t come here for this. Where’s the local stuff?”  What food trend do you hate?  One thing that bothers me: You go to a place, and there’s a signature dish, and there’s a new chef or something—and all of sudden, you say, what happened to the thing that was there for all these years? It was a great thing, and if it wasn’t broke, it shouldn’t have been fixed.   Speaking of Andrew, what do you look for in a chef?   Well, Nobu—he’s an original. Sometimes you can’t even put your finger on it. The way it looks, the way they put it all together. That’s what I feel about Andrew.  What food can’t you live without?  Sashimi.  Where did you eat last night?  Well, I ate at a terrific restaurant, Per Se. It was lunch actually. That’s a beautiful restaurant. Do you have any guilty pleasures?  Sometimes peanut butter. Even peanut butter and jelly. Rarely.

Sashimi Recipes

Less than 30 mins preparation time Less than 10 mins cooking time

Serves 1

Sea bass sashimi with chilli soy dressing

Ingredients

For the sashimi
For the chilli soy dressing
To serve

Preparation method

  1. For the sashimi, arrange the fish slices on a plate and cover with cling film. Place into the freezer to chill for 8-10 minutes, then remove and sprinkle over the salt and oil.
  2. For the dressing, heat the oil in a pan and gently fry the onion, ginger and chilli for 2-3 minutes, or until softened. Stir in the Tabasco and soy sauce and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until the liquid has reduced by half.
  3. To serve, spoon the dressing around the plate of sashimi and garnish with a sprig of fresh dill and the sliced chilli.

BBC Sashimi recipes

Per Se

9 course menu at $295 including service check out the menu