Food Scars and Pizza

Do you have a food scar? You know, a food you had that left such a negative impact on your life that you will never eat it again. I do. For me, it’s my mother’s tuna casserole. Ask my sister … she knows of said scar. If you wonder what is soooo terrible, let me explain. First, my mother would take some kind of cream soup, NOT Campbell’s …oh no, we bought cheap stuff. Then she would mix it with egg noodles, about a ton of mushy canned peas and 2 cans of tuna. If that was not enough she would gently top her concoction with some kind of fried onion bits, (the kind you buy in a container at the store) Baked at 350 for 20 min. I guess she thought it would make the whole thing taste better. It didn’t. It really didn’t. We even tried to feed it to our golden retriever, but even he was too smart to eat the casserole. To this day my sister and I will cringe at the thought of having to eat that casserole. Could one need deliverance from a tuna casserole? My mother would look at us poking at our plates and say “Stop being so dramatic.” I am not dramatic…am I? I look up dramatic in thesaurus “Sensational, vivid, thrilling and impressive” OK – I’ll take that.

For God did not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:7

In all reality, I should thank my mother, that particular casserole launched my food career. I took over cooking as soon as possible …never making tuna casserole again. Saving countless lives in the process. Aren’t I merciful? You should thank me.

That is why today you are getting a pizza recipe. Unless you had a relationship go south over pizza, pretty much everyone enjoys it. Simple, easy, tasty, and cheap, the four essential food groups of every collage student. Best of all its not tuna casserole!

Making a Vegan Pizza has to be one of the simplest joys. Our grocery store bakery carries ready to roll pizza dough for super cheap, for those who don’t feel like making their own dough. But making your own really does taste better. You can also choose to use your healthier flours like sprouted if you make it yourself. Which I do all the time. If you do adjust the water a couple tablespoons at a time as wheat is a bit more thirsty then white flours. If subbing all your flour for sprouted, spelt and/or whole wheat I recommend adding 1 tsp of gluten to aid in stretch, and tenderness. Pizza dough also freezes really well. Make up a big batch portion it and freeze in ziploc. I won’t tell you how to top your pizza as I believe, pizza is a personal thing, and should be totally up to you.

Pizza Dough- 2 large pizzas : Orig by Ricardo

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon vegan sugar
  • 2 cups flour – all purpose, sprouted etc.
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • In a bowl, combine the water, yeast and sugar. Let stand until the mixture foams on top, about 5 minutes. In a food processor or kitchen aid , it is important to work with the plastic blade or the dough hook. Combine the flour and salt. Increase the speed to medium and add the yeast mixture until a soft ball forms. Remove the dough from the bowl and knead for a few minutes on a floured surface to prevent sticking. Place in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a clean cloth. Let the dough rise for about 30 minutes in warm and draft-free area. Cut the dough in half. Use the pizza dough immediately or refrigerate it (less than 48 hours), otherwise place it in an airtight bag and freeze.

To make Pizza

Sprinkle generous amount of cornmeal onto pizza stone or into an oiled cast iron pan . Pre heat pan or stone in oven 400 for approx 30 min . Roll out dough place on stone or in pan. Top with desired tomato, vegan cheese sauce or pesto (stay tuned for recipes), vegan shredded cheese and your choice of veggies. Bake until crust is golden brown. Approx 15-20 min Depending on thickness of crust and if you prefer crispy vs chewy.

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