Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Look what you missed out on!


I love making my own pizza. Why don't I do it more often? I think it's because I get it in my head that the dough takes forever, but really it's ready in an hour and a half. That's not that bad. =D

I based it on a recipe from Vegan on the Cheap, and just went a bit nuts with the toppings. I really wanted mushrooms on it, but Brisbane has gone nuts and all the groceries were gone! So I had to make do with what I had. My dad and my sister were supposed to come to tea, but because of all this water dad got evacuated from work near the city and my sister was stuck further south. And damn they missed out.

The dough ingredients are: 2 3/4 cups wholemeal flour, 2 1/4 tsp instant dry yeast, 1 tsp salt and 1 cup warm water. It was a nice thick soft crust when cooked, the way I like it.

The toppings I chose in order from bottom to top:
Tomato paste
Caremelised onions (with maple syrup and balsamic vinegar)
Cooked kidney beans pureed with parsnip and garlic
Sliced tomato
Before cooking

When I worked at a continental delicatessen, we sold tiny little containers of caremelised onions for about $8.50. Dude. People actually BOUGHT it. It was one of our most popular condiment things. Jeez. I've never made them before but they are so easy.

So pretty
I thinly sliced a huge onion, poured a liberal amount of rice bran oil in my frying pan and cooked them for about 20 minutes on med-low. About half way through I put in a blob of maple syrup and a dash of balsamic. They are so delicious. I might make some tonight to have on a sandwich for work tomorrow.

Anyway, pizza = mmmm. Maybe we should have pizza night more often. 


Theresa said...

I take it you're not flooded, then? That pizza is so pretty - I love the pesto ring! Andy and I have pizza almost once a week, usually on Fridays. We make the dough in the breadmaker now, but even before we got it, we ate our fair share. In fact, I kind of miss kneading by hand a bit.

Andrea said...

YUM!! I'm making the onions today!

Emma said...

@Theresa - Nah we aren't affected by the flood (though I couldn't get to work for a couple of days and we've been bored as hell because we can't go ANYWHERE, not that we go places much anyway, it's just the option..)What's Townsville like? I haven't heard anything about it.
It could have done with pesto slathered on over the entire thing, but I didn't have enough :) I don't have room for any more kitchen gadgets so no breadmaker for us :( tomorrow I'm going to try and make some bread by hand though, since woolworths is empty.

@Andrea - I made them again with red wine. So good. :)