He’s A Winnah!!!

I love pizza, and now finally that love of pizza has finally paid off (not counting all the delicious eats in the meantime).

I just won the Fuck Yeah Vegan Pizza Vegan Pizza Giveaway! A load of Redwood Co vegan ‘meats’ and ‘cheeses’ are winging their way to me as we speak.

pizza time!

I’m well chuffed. I love winning anything, but winning vegan stuff is doubly good! I won with a pic of the above pizza, and amusingly enough I was cooking the following pizza at the time I got the e-mail.

mushroom, sweetcorn, peppers & 'cheese' pizza

Just coincidence I assure you, lol. I’m not that pizza obsessed (honestly). πŸ˜‰

Ok, so it was just a random number generated win between me and 7 other people, but as far as I’m concerned a win is a win, and that makes me smile. πŸ™‚

(for the recipes I used, check out the dough here, and the sauce here)

Cooking, stretching and kicking ass!!

I’m a little bit spacey at the moment as I’ve just got back from my yoga class and I’m a little ‘stretched out’ if you know what I mean, so you’ll have to bear with me.

spinach, tomato and pepper pizza

Made this pizza the other day and it came out real nice. I used my basic pizza recipe but with a few tweaks which I think make it better. As follows…

1 1/2 tsp yeast
1 1/2 tsp sugar
a pinch of salt
a splash of olive oil
1/4 pint warm water
200g+ plain flour

Hand whisk yeast and sugar into water until dissolved. Add salt and olive oil. Whisk again. Add flour until it makes a sticky dough (figure out how much for yourself, but go easy, do it in increments; remember, it’s easier to add more flour than it is to take it away), cover with cling film, then put it somewhere warm – next to a radiator for example – for 30 mins ’til it rises.

Punch down, knead a bit, cover and let rise again for another 10-15 mins. Spread by hand onto an oiled baking tray, dock (prick) with fork, then top and put in hottest oven (pre-heated to about 230C) for approximately 10 mins.

I’m well pleased with the crust on this. It came out nice and golden. There was a bit of liquid in the middle from the cherry tomatoes on top, but it wasn’t a deal breaker so not to worry. I scoffed the whole thing in about 5 minutes, which says it all really. Yummers!

NB: “Yummers” is my new word of the month. I’m trying to get it in the collective psyche / lexicon. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. πŸ˜‰

the warlock of firetop mountain

Well, I’ve almost completed The Warlock of Firetop Mountain. I did it once without cheating, got to the end, but didn’t have the correct keys to open the chest (which was always the problem before). Then I kind of did it again, using the map I’d made to go places I hadn’t gone before, but this pretty quickly degenerated into fingers in pages, notes of numbers, and instant victories in battle (ie: cheating on an epic scale!). I still plan on doing it again (properly) soon, but for now I’ve had enough. The Warlock has defeated my once more. Curses! ..lol.. πŸ™‚

Yoga Update: I’m getting very comfy with touching my toes whilst sitting with my legs straight out in front of me, which is a big thing for me. I couldn’t get near them when I first started. And tonight we did the half head-stand for the first time, which I could do but I couldn’t hold for long. Hopefully by next week’s lesson I’ll be much better. Going to incorporate leg raises into my daily routine which will help me with the head-stand for sure. Got five days off now, so plenty of time to practice. Still loving it too! Yoga is brilliant.

Finally, not gonna bang on about work as I intended. Quite simply, if I’m still doing the same job by the end of the year something has gone terribly wrong. I am pursuing alternative revenue streams with a dogged tenacity at the moment. Life’s too short to be spent in a dark room watching TV all day. Kiki needs his sunshine. C’mon the summer!!

Start as you mean to go on (pizza base and sauce recipe)

Well my little neolites, 2010 has started off well. Only 2 days in and I’ve managed to meditate every day this year (haha), plus I’ve finally had a random book recommendation, sparked amusingly enough by my reading Tess Of The D’Urbervilles. It’s Aldous Huxley’s A Brave New World, and it’s sitting in my pile of ‘stuff to read’ as we speak. Once I’ve finished reading Tess it’ll be next.

I’ve also done my two vegan recipes for the week. Check this out:

After all the roast dinners I thought it’d be nice to take a break, so I made pizza! Here’s the recipes to make your own.

The Base

1 tsp of Dried Active Yeast

1 tsp of Sugar

1/4 pint of Warm Water

150-200g Wholemeal Flour

Dissolve the sugar in the water, then add the yeast. Whisk until fully dissolved. Cover with cling film and leave somewhere warm for 10-15 minutes until it goes a bit frothy.

Whisk again, then add flour. Mix thoroughly adding more flour if needed until a good doughy consistency is found. Cover again and leave somewhere warm for 20-30 minutes.

(use this time to prepare your tomato sauce)

The dough should have increased in size by now. Punch it down and knead again for a minute or two, then cover and place back in your warm spot. Give it another 10-15 minutes.

(use this time to chop your veggies and grate your cheese)

The dough should be ready now. Press out into a flat round on a greased baking tray, cover with tomato sauce, veggies and cheese, Β and stick it in a pre-warmed oven at 190 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until ready. Eat and enjoy.

The Sauce

1 Clove of Garlic

2 Tomatoes, chopped

2 tsp of Tomato Puree

1/2 tsp of Dried Oregano

Lightly fry the crushed garlic in a saucepan on medium heat with a little olive oil. Add tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally. Add the tomato puree, oregano, and some salt and pepper, and cook until it’s all gone quite mushy. Then either blend it to get it nice and smooth, or just use as is (ie: a little lumpy) like I did.

Not two very complicated recipes, but if you fancy pizza they’re what you need. Coming soon will be my nut roast recipe, which I’ve pretty much perfected over Christmas, a recipe for pilau rice, and possibly a one for naan bread if I can get it to work. Stay tuned.

Ciao ‘migos. Catch you next time.