Assalamu-alaikum (peace be upon you) readers everywhere,
Tonight marked the start of Spring Break vacation for our IYG mentors (so they thought until they realized graduate students do not really get a vacation :(). What better way to kick-off the mini-break than providing an important culinary lesson for our older youth? As 3 billion pizzas are sold every year to Americans (and the average person consumes 46 slices of pizza each year, goodness gracious!) and youth tend to be the biggest pizza lovers, our mentors thought it a valuable teaching opportunity to have our youth learn the task of making their very own pizza, from scratch! We’re not talking about your average, run-of-the-mill pizza either; we’re talking about DEEP DISH PIZZA!!! In addition to being able to make pizza at home for their families, tonight’s cooking lesson provided our older youth with an important life skill they could put to good use once they have to start preparing home-cooked meals for themselves (away from the friendly confines of their parents’ kitchen).
After head chef (Br. Ihsan) mixed flour, water, and yeast together to prepare our pizza dough, our young men took over the kitchen to prepare their very own unique pizza concoctions. What ensued was a mesh of culinary madness and genius as you’ll see below:
Our young men are primed and ready for action…well everyone except for Omar who is apparently attempting to sleep in a vertical direction!
Omar has awoken! He carefully presses the pizza dough into a circular shape under the careful supervision of Hamza.
Mujtaba and Murtaza gently lay down sauce for their pizza…half pizza sauce, half alfredo sauce…truly brave and creative!
Saucing step completed, the Siddiqui brothers turn their attention to selecting toppings for their deep dish pizza concoction…
Omar gently adds a splash of peppers to his Hawaiian-themed pizza…
Danyal makes an appearance and proceeds to do the one thing he does best….go crazy (with adding too much cheese of course)!
As our pizzas bake in the oven, our young men turn their attention to cleaning the kitchen. Hamza goes to work sweeping the floor with a giant industrial broom…
Meanwhile Mujtaba cleans dishes as he basks in the aroma of delicious pizza wafting from the oven behind him.
The finished products! Which slice of pizza would you like to taste first?
After all their hard work cooking, our youth are finally able to sit down and enjoy their deep dish pizza meal.