Pizza, Nachos, Dogs, Podcasts & I Still Have Time To Ride My Bike Sort Of.

Posted: 19/08/2014 in Uncategorized
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Actually, I’ve been running like crazy for the past couple of weeks.

Not physically running, though that would be nice if I had comfortable running shoes or had time to hit the beach every morning.  I did manage to spend about four hours riding my bike for an event called Save the Ferry here in Jacksonville.  It was put on by the St. John’s Riverkeeper in order to raise funds to keep the ferry operating.  This was the third year for it, and we had seventy-eight people involved in it.  Great turnout & fantastic time!  I highly encourage people to ride bikes around, and when it’s for charity, that’s even better.

Remember that podcast I mentioned a few weeks ago?  We have a website now at www.greenbeanpodcast.com.  Check it out, let us know how we’re doing & enjoy!

Do you like nachos?  Specifically vegan nachos?  We started up a nacho bar called #nachobar at the Neptune Beach Farmer’s Market a couple of weeks ago & it has been doing great!  If you’re in the area, you should check it out.  If you’re not in the area, you should come visit Jacksonville for a vacation & check it out.

This is what art looks like.  In food form.

This is what art looks like. In food form.

On to pizza.

I made a pizza a couple of weeks ago & had a lot of people asking for recipes on it.  I made everything from scratch, so there are about four basic recipes that make it(dough, sauce, eggplant pepperoni, & white bean vegan cheese).  There’s a lot of chopped veggies on it too, but it’s up to you to figure out how to cut things that aren’t your fingers.

I started with the dough, because that takes some time.

Take 1 1/4C of warm water & add 2t of yeast & 1t of sugar to that.  Let that sit for about ten minutes & when it’s all murky & a little foamy on top, add 2T of olive oil, 4C of flour, 2t of salt, and knead that for some time until everything is incorporated & relatively consistent.  Cover tightly & set aside for an hour to rise.

While that’s happening, puree some tomatoes to make about three cups of tomato puree.  Put that in a sauce pan & simmer that with a tablespoon of white vinegar, three minced cloves of garlic, a teaspoon of salt, a tablespoon of oregano & a tablespoon of thyme.  I’ve added blueberries in a variation too, which works out wonderfully.  Let that all simmer until it becomes closer to a sauce than a liquid.

Mmmmm.  Saucy.

Mmmmm. Saucy.

In the meantime, cut a Japanese eggplant into round slices and toss them in a bowl with some salt.  This should get some moisture out of the eggplant, in which you will then add a tablespoon of paprika, a teaspoon of fennel seeds, a pinch of cayenne and salt & pepper to taste.  Easy, right?

By now, the dough should have risen to about twice its size.  Grease a pizza pan, dust it with either more flour or corn meal & lay the dough out, pushing toward the perimeter of the pan until you have an even thickness going on.  It’s going to look a bit like this:

Dough in it's raw beauty.

Dough in its raw beauty.

Kind of knuckle down on a lot of the dough to prevent bubbling, then let that sit for another fifteen minutes before putting it into the oven at 350 for another ten minutes.  This will keep the pizza from getting soggy from the sauce.

Spoon some of the sauce onto the dough when you pull it out of the oven initially.  Then add your eggplant pepperoni & whatever other veggies you like.  Here’s another picture.

Another picture.

Another picture.

Put that yumminess into the oven while you work on the white bean cheese.

I just kind of flew with this one….I grabbed a blender & threw in two cups of cooked white beans, three tablespoons of nutritional yeast, half a teaspoon of salt, a clove of garlic, water to the consistency wanted & just a pinch of cumin & paprika. I added a chili to it for some heat.

Pull the pizza out of the oven & put some of that cheese on it.  Now, it’ll look like this:

What has been seen cannot be unseen.

What has been seen cannot be unseen.

Put that into the oven for just about ten more minutes & you are ready to eat an entire vegan pizza.  I think the process took me about two & a half hours for the first time, but I’ll be able to cut down on it with practice I’m sure.

So that’s it, easy, right??!!

Now for more pictures of pups…..

Cinder was happy to see me.  She's almost always happy to see me.  I love that.

Cinder was happy to see me. She’s almost always happy to see me. I love that.

Alec has a habit of laying in the grass, so I'll just sit next to him & soak up some sun.  Good father/son bonding time.

Alec has a habit of laying in the grass, so I’ll just sit next to him & soak up some sun. Good father/son bonding time.

I also sleep like this.

I also sleep like this.

In this household, photobombing is something we do a lot of.

In this household, photobombing is something we do a lot of.

That’s about it for this post, hope everything is going well for you & enjoy the pizza!

Seeya!!

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Comments
  1. Those nachos look fantastic!

  2. Those nachos look absolutely divine! And amazing that you could order vegan nachos whilst out – hopefully places in my area will follow suit! If you have a minute, I’d love your thoughts on my homemade vegan nachos 🙂 http://goodfoodmarsh.wordpress.com/2014/06/26/vegan-nachos/

  3. […] can find the recipe for the roll here.  I just did the pizza dough recipe & made it into little bun shapes, which works wonderfully; […]

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