Sunday, July 25, 2010

Daiya Pizza Roseannadana

daiya pizza

I'm sorry, but I just don't like unconventional pizza. You know, those pizzas where the toppings are like, sweet potatoes! And kale! And avocado! With bechamel sauce! It would actually be much easier, as someone who follows a vegan diet, to like those kinds of unconventional pizzas. But me, I'm a bit of a pizza purist. Give me dough, tomato sauce, cheese, and some mushrooms and I'm delighted.

So, this makes it difficult to make a vegan pizza. What with the desire for cheese and all.

daiya pizza

But now we Ottawgians have access to Daiya vegan cheese-like-substance. Which melts. And tastes pretty good. So it was only a matter of time before pizza got made. A nice, traditional pizza. Dough, tomato sauce, Daiya "Italian", mushrooms. And some fried onions and artichoke hearts and olives added on as perfectly acceptable other toppings. Yum.

daiya pizza

I'd made pizza with Daiya once before, when I was in Toronto staying with my friends Nicole and Alex. I put waaaaay too much Daiya on it. It ended up being really heavy and kind of unappetizing. And it made me feel a bit sick after I ate it. Not so great. I figured that Daiya was best used sparingly, as a cheesy glue between toppings and sauce. I was right. Last week's pizza was a smashing success. This is what it looked like after it was cooked:

daiya pizza

You can see that Daiya melts better than most vegan cheeses, which is kind of like being the prettiest person at the ugly convention. The bar is set pretty low. I've read a lot of enthusiastic reviews of Daiya that praise its ability to "stretch" which is indeed a good thing. My previous vegan cheeses just kind of turned to liquid and slid off the pizza unless you held your piece perfectly horizontal at all times. As with most non-cheese cheeses, it takes very high heat for Daiya to melt, so I cooked the Man of Science's real cheese pizza first and then upped the heat for mine. As usual, this pizza dough recipe did not let us down. I have never had that pizza dough recipe go wrong. Thank you, Barbara Kingsolver!

This was also good as leftovers the next day, but it really does need to be heated up, or the Daiya takes on a texture that I find unpleasant.

Other than making pizza, this weekend included the following activities: going to see The A Team at the drive in with the Man of Science, lots of laundry, gardening, making a gift for my friend Meghan who was celebrating her birthday, coming down with a head cold, wishing I was at Comic Con, and listening to lots of old records. I'm not super looking forward to going to back to work tomorrow, but the bright side is that I have a four day week and then as of Friday I am on holiday for a whole week! And Monday is my BIRTHDAY! It doesn't get too much better than that.

J.

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15 comments:

Daisy said...

I had no idea Daiya was available in Ottawa now, I had stocked up in Toronto early this year. Thanks so much. I can't wait to make pizza this week!

Nat said...

Happy Birthday.

We made pizza one night with fake cheese for Tops or Meghan. It just wouldn't melt. Oddest looking crap too. This stuff is intriguing.

HayMarket8 said...

This looks fantastic! Dayia cheese is so good on pizza! :) Yum!

Kiersten said...

I don't like unconventional pizzas either. I grew up in NJ, so we had real NY-style pizza shops everywhere. To me, these pizzas with buffalo chicken or pasta on top are NOT real pizza. Stores in my area have only just started carrying Daiya. As soon as I find some I am going to try making pizza with it.

Trinity (of haiku tofu) said...

MMM I just got my first taste of Daiya this week and I'm hooked. I've been on more of a quesadilla kick, but your pizza's calling my name. I am one of those weirdos who likes sweet taters and hummus on pizza, but I also love an old-school slice!

Trista Hill said...

Monday as in today is your birthday? If so, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! If it's a week from now, Happy Early Birthday! Just love reading your blog and the life you've created for yourself.

peggy said...

i love vegan pizza. yours looks quite yummy!

Jennifer (It Ain't Meat, Babe) said...

Daisy: I got mine at Rainbow Foods, but I hear it's available all over the place now!

Nat: Thanks! And yeah, I would recommend all types of vegan food to non-vegans, except for vegan cheese. It's nice to have around if you're vegan, but I don't think any one would say that it tastes better than regular cheese!

HM: Sure is!

Kiersten: Pasta on pizza? YIKES.

Trinity: I actually like Daiya better when it is melted between two things i.e. quesadilla or grilled cheese sandwich. I think it melts better that way.

Trista: It's next Monday! But I am accepting early wishes!

Peggy: It was pretty good!

The Voracious Vegan said...

HAHA! I love it - the prettiest person at an ugly convention. Too true, too true. We vegans can make almost anything just as delicious (if not more so) than its omni counterpart. But cheese....no. Not at all. EXCEPT for nooch sauce and Tofutti cream cheese. Those are damn good. But other than that....

My lovah is in the US right now and he has orders to bring back Daiya. I can't wait to try it, I love how it melts! Looks good.

XUP said...

I completely agree about the pizza purism - cheese, sauce, mushrooms and onions. I really tried to like cheese substitutes because I dislike all that cow stuff, but they're just not good at all. So now I allow myself organic goat cheeses. They come in mozerella, cheddar, brie, cream, etc., etc. It's not vegan, but it's a good compromise for me.

Jessica said...

I'd pretty much given up the idea of "cheese" on my pizza, but now I have hope. Thanks for sharing, I will have to try this cheese.

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T said...

I am definitely one of those unconventional pizza lovers myself (walnuts! peaches!) but I love a plain old pizza too. That Daiya looks reasonably good...

sara said...

i tried daiya recently for the first time on a pizza and didn't like it at all, but i think i put too much. i'll have to try it again, more sparingly, because it looks really good in your pics!

Smallest Friend said...

I've been meaning to make pizza at home for a while now and seeing your lovely photos is giving me a real push.
I'm so glad I stumbled on your blog(s) today!

Noelle said...

Great looking pizza!