Tuesday, October 6, 2009
One of the nicest places to eat in Ottawa is The Manx Pub. They have consistently delicious food, friendly servers, and it's all cosy and cute inside. They are one of the few places in Ottawa that offer a good vegan breakfast option on the weekends. Every year they win countless people's choice awards in our local weekly. It is also the worst place in Ottawa to gossip because the tables are all really close together.
Also at The Manx, they have a daily Naan Pizza special. Never vegan, but hey, it looks delicious. One night last week when I was stumped as to what to make for dinner, I decided to try this out at home. I made a bunch of Naan and threw on whatever toppings we happened to have in the fridge. One had cheese for the Man of Science and the other three were vegan for us to share.
Turned out the most delicious one was the vegan pesto topped with fresh tomato slices. When it was in the oven the tomatoes got all roasted and lovely and the oil from the pesto seeped into the naan in a delightful way. I also really enjoyed the combination of chopped swiss chard and sundried tomatoes. The chopped onion, tomato, and basil one was good, but a bit to much like boring bruschetta to make it a real winner.
To make these, I used the flatbread recipe from this post, and just cooked the dough in my cast iron pan for a few minutes on each side. Once the toppings were on, I baked them in the oven for about ten minutes, or until the veggies had softened and the cheese had melted. That made four pizzas and we finished them off in one sitting with some red wine. Fairly easy and totally delicious.