Sunday, July 25, 2010
Daiya Pizza Roseannadana
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.
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.
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:
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.
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