A Simple Vegan Pizza

Pizza_Done.JPG
2021, Switzerland, Iphone 8

Introduction

From Roti to Bread

More than one and a half decades ago, like several times before, I once again tried deviating from otherwise set paths by changing my geographic location, embracing alternative exposure. That means avoiding the 9-5 mould that would condition to the ways and traditions of a one view society, which always seemed so strange to me since a child growing up all around the world with a global state of mind. A great opportunity to experience more versatility, but still being surrounded by something familiar, I decided to to go the motherland. India!

2021-09-01 17.37.51.jpg
2012, Canaught Place New Delhi- Monkey eating Ice Cream, Sony NEX VG 10, 50mm f/1.8 Lens

Not once, but several times upon returning to Zurich, I ran back to India because there was some unfinished business, something missing or something I needed to go back for. Maybe something I needed to take care of? Or some mystery that lied hidden in these mystical lands, rich in culture. Yes, I am one of those hippie dudes from the west that loves yoga and thinks that once you've been to India, you will have attained enlightenment. ...What? You haven't been?

Just Kidding!

2021-09-01 17.38.00.jpg
2013 - Zurich Main Station, Sony NEX VG 10, 50mm f/1.8 Lens

One of the things that I missed most in India, was the bread we get here in Switzerland. I mean almost every local Bakery had exceptional kinds of breads. At least one bun that had it's special intricacies in how it's baked. In India at a time before L'Opéra, I just couldn't bare the toast bread anymore. Even when I was living in the US, the bread tasted awful.

DSC05387.JPG2012, Bangalore - American Corporations taking over, the rise of western consumerism in India, Sony NEX VG 10, 50mm f/1.8 Lens

So, I got an oven and started baking bread every day. Experimenting with local yeast and flour, I also tried making sour yeast. I used simple whole wheat flour and sugar to form my own batches. I ran a Guesthouse for a while, where I'd wake up at around 5am just to knead a dough with some yeast and make sure it would rise an hour later by putting in in my oven at 25°C. I set an alarm and went back to sleep. An hour later, I'd put the dough in the oven at around 06.20 am and slide that bread in the oven. 45min later the whole ground floor smelled like freshly baked bread. Since I could time the oven I slept until around 7 to grab some breakfast.

bread_sept1.jpg2014, New Delhi - Bread Made by our cook at guest house a few years later Sony NEX VG 10, 50mm f/1.8 Lens

I had many more adventures in that guesthouse. How I got there sounds pretty much like a story out of a comic...More about it in another post.

door_shivalik.jpg2014, New Delhi - Guest House with hand painted Boards. Sony NEX VG 10, 18-200mm Lens

Now it's time for the Pizza:

shadow_fw_new .png

Pizza Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 700g White Flour

  • 1 TBS Sugar

  • 1 TBS Salt

  • 12.5g Yeast

  • 3-4 TBS Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • Water

  • Olives

  • Kapers

  • Mushrooms

  • Italian Herbs(Dry), Oregano, Thyme (Fresh)

  • Pealed Tomato (Sauce)

  • A bit of Red Wine (optional)

  • 3 Cloves of Garlic

  • Boullion

  • Black Pepper

  • Vegan Cheese (Melt)

Process

photo_2021-08-31 14.55.24.jpegIphone 8. Vegan grated Melt and Kapers

There are various Cheese alternatives out there. I personally don't really like most of them. I usually leave out the melt(Ch**se) or add very less for the visuals.

Step One

step1.jpeg

At 700g flour to Bowl, add 12.5g Yeast, Sugar and Salt, then add 3-4 TBS of Olive Oil. Now add Water and knead

photo_2021-08-31 14.56.01.jpeg

Make sure the knead uses as much water as possible in order to make the dough soft. It takes time to get a hang of it. Try adding very little flour if it gets to wet.

Step Two

Place a cloth that is moist on top of bowl and make sure to place it somewhere where it's at least 22-25 Degrees Celsius. In this case I put the oven on 25°C.

step2.jpeg

Leave in the oven for at least 45 min.

Meanwhile:

Step Three

step3.jpeg

Add Tomato Sauce (pealed tomato) to pan, then add a bit of Bouillon. Cut three cloves of garlic brunoise.

Step Four

step4.jpeg

Once the Tomato is heated, add garlic, cook and add some black pepper. Once the sauce thickens, add Red Wine and maybe a bit more olive oil and continue to cook on low heat.

Step Five

step5.jpeg

Cut olives in slices and set aside.

Prepare herbs and add to already cooked tomato Sauce. Make sure Tomato Sauce is slightly cooled down. Mix herbs.

photo_2021-08-31 14.55.01.jpeg

Make sure to involve some kids. Most kids love pizza. It can also be something fun and creative to prepare. While doing it, one can spur lots excitement and instill passion to have fun with them while cooking or baking.

Step Six

photo_2021-08-31 14.54.57.jpeg

Get the dough out of the oven that was heated 25°C.

step6.jpeg

Use some flower to roll out the dough so it does not stick to the surface. Try to get it even, not like me.

photo_2021-08-31 14.54.28.jpeg

Even the kid can do it all by herself. She's a six year old.

Step Seven

photo_2021-08-31 14.54.25.jpeg

Add the Sauce

photo_2021-08-31 14.54.22.jpeg

Use a TBS to spread the Sauce

Step Eight

step7.jpeg

Add the mushroom, olives, kapers. The mushroom I added was dehydrated Xerocomellus Crystenteron

photo_2021-08-31 14.54.18.jpeg

Add the melt(Ch**se)

Step Nine

photo_2021-08-31 14.54.12.jpeg

Put it in the oven. Top and bottom heat or circulating air at 200-220°C. Bake for 15 min and set a timer.

et voila:

Pizza2_.jpeg

shadow_fw_new .png

Here are all my previous recipes, always vegan in case you feel like trying something else:

Screen Shot 20200608 at 00.13.04.png

shadow_fw_new .png

"The will is infinite and execution confined... the desire is boundless and the act a slave to limit" - William Shakespeare


Join the holistic health economy on hive!

Meditate with the Hivemind


RGgukq5E6HBM2jscGd4Sszpv94XxHH2uqxMY9z21vaqHt18fLsk8wv4ksYVjuUxZJTVwK7JTZA5zQzLDuRGVyDWgB3YBSTqHjopu8JmowJSxLjGav9WVWcpqUQkTTuQ.pngVisit cleanplanet.io


Instagram

Odysee

Twitter