I was doing so well this week, until today. I fell off the wagon, for my partners niece’s birthday. It was a big Serbian get together, so of course the key component of any Serbian party is meat. I had plans to only eat the salad, but that would of meant just eating cabbage. Don’t get me wrong, the Cabbage salad is delicious, but so is Russian salad (ham, lots of mayo, potato, carrot, peas) and BBQ meats. I figured if I only had 1 small piece of pork, 1/2 a chicken wing and a bit of Russian salad, then it can’t do too much damage. Well that’s at least what I told myself. I think it’s going to be harder for me to give up meat if I make it sometimes ok. Problem is that I really don’t hate meat. I just don’t like the risks to my health if I continue to eat it. Anyway, I expected I would slip sooner or later. The most important thing, for the most part, is I have been learning to live without it. And so has my partner, who can’t cook, so he’s being forced to cut back too. I knew this wouldn’t happen over night, so not feeling too guilty.
Anyhow, tonight for dinner I needed vegan deliciousness. We had left over pizza dough from last night, so we decided to have pizza again. Making our own pizza is so satisfying and really it takes just as long to cook as it would to order it and pick it up. Minus the preservatives and questionable quality of the toppings. Pizza stones have also recently become really popular here and they really are a good investment. Robins Kitchen have a permanent sale of 2 for $20, so if you don’t have one, then I recommend you get one.
Even though I come from an Italian family, I was born in Australia. So pizza with pineapple is what I grew up with. I’ve really miss a typical Hawaiian Pizza. After making this pizza, it really satisfied my craving. It really didn’t need the ham, in fact it tasted like it wasn’t missing. Even my official taste tester, my boyfriend, said it tasted like a ‘normal’ Hawaiian Pizza. I also found that the pizza dough, left for a day to rest, made a better base. It was much more fluffy and it rose in the over more. I’ve heard this before from so family friends, but never tried it myself. Definitely a good tip, if you don’t mind preparing the day before. For the dough we just used this recipe and it makes 3-4 pizzas.
Spicy Hawaiian Pizza (vegan, soy free, nut free)
1 portion of dough, plu extra flour
3 tablespoons passata sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1-2 tablespoons of sliced capsicum
1-2 tablespoons of sliced red onion, 2-3 tablespoons sliced pineapple
1 teaspoon chopped basil
vegan mozzarella cheese (optional)
sea salt to taste
1 teaspoon olive oil
big handful of baby kale
1. Heat oven to 250 degrees. If using pizza stone make sure it is in the oven before turning it on and add a bit of flour to the stone, so that the pizza will not to stick.
2. On a floury board roll out or press out the dough with fingers, to form the shape you want your pizza to be.
3. Mix passata sauce with cayenne pepper, then spoon onto the pizza base.
5. Carefully place pizza onto the stone or just into the oven. Cook pizza for about 10mins
6. Rinse kale in a strainer, then place in a bowl and add olive oil and herbamare.
7. Check pizza, it should only need another 5mins. For the last 3-5mins add the kale to the top of the pizza. It should become crispy.
8. Once pizza base is crispy, remove from oven and serve.