- I tried Bill Granger's Real Muesli Bars. I loved them when Fran made them when we visited her last year. But mine crumbled into muesli. Not a great success but I am enjoying the museli.
- I made bad rice paper rolls. The rice paper was old and the noodles weren't soaked enough. Must try harder next time!
- I absent-mindedly put cayenne pepper instead of cinnamon in Sylvia and E's porridge. Fortunately I realised before serving. (I also took Sylvia to her swimming lesson at the wrong time when she started back after the Christmas break. Too many distractions in my life!)
- I remembered to tuck a serviette into Sylvia's Jenners party dress neckline at Cafe Lua just before she dropped butterscotch sauce down her front!
- I finally tried tofu bacon. Excellent on fried rice. It was so good I will make it again to do it justice.
- I tried mock tuna salad again. This time I used a bottled low fat ranch dressing rather than bitey dijonnaise and it was excellent.
She loves pizza but not this one. I made her a tomato and cheese one to have for lunch the next day instead. Speaking of dough I used 1/2 a cup of fine semolina in my pizza dough, inspired by Mel's pizza dough recipe. It worked really well. Finally I have hope I might finish the semolina in my pantry before the weevils attack it.
Lastly as I made the pizza, I had Young Talent Time on the telly. It is pretty awful but I have such fond memories of watching it as a kid that I had to check out the new version. My favourite Young Talent Time member was Sally Boyden. No one as sweet as her on the new show. And they didn't finish with a rendition of All my Loving. Sigh! I guess I am just no longer the target audience. I'll just stick to my hippy pizzas!
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
This time last year: Queso dip, enchiladas and food processor
This time two years ago: Pizza for the Working Woman
This time three years ago: Jam-Making Reflections by a Novice
This time four years ago: Wanton Dumplings in Ginger Broth
Carrot and Leek pizza
adapted from Sarah Brown's Vegetarian Cookery
Pizza dough for 1-2 medium large pizzas (I used about 1/2 a quantity of fast track pizza dough)
500g carrots, peeled trimmed and chopped
pinch of smoked salt (optional)
2 tsp rice bran oil (or other oil)
25g sunflower seeds
1 large leek, trimmed, washed and sliced
1 tbsp ginger, finely grated
25g dried apple or raisins
25g parmesan, finely grated (or 1-2 tbsp nutritional yeast)
Cornmeal for pizza tray
Make the dough and let it sit while you prepare topping. If you take ages to get the toppings ready like me, just punch it down every now and again when it looks a bit fluffy.
Steam or microwave carrots until soft (I boiled mine with minimal water, for 20 minutes until I smelled burning, scrapped the burnt bits off and found they still were a bit undercooked when I tried to puree them, so I then microwaved them for 3 minutes and they then were mooshy enough to puree.) Puree in until smooth (I used my blender attachment to my hand held blender but you could probably get away with just mashing them with a potato masher). Stir or puree in smoked salt. Set aside.
Meanwhile heat rice bran oil in a large frypan and lightly fry sunflower seeds for about 5 minutes. Add leek and ginger and gently fry until leek is soft.
To assemble pizza: Sprinkle large round pizza tray with cornmeal. Roll or stretch out dough to fit tray and flop it onto tray with only a slight stretching to fit. Spread dough with carrot puree. Scatter dried apple or raisins over carrot. Arrange leek mixture evenly over the carrot and dried fruit. Sprinkle parmesan over pizza. Bake in preheated 190 C oven (I also use a pizza stone) for 25-30 minutes (I did mine for 30 minutes) or until golden brown.
On the stereo:
Night on my side: Gemma Hayes