Making pizza dough is a regular Friday night activity around here, but sometimes it's fun to mix things up a little, and use the same simple recipe to make a focaccia. Especially delicious if it's studded with black olives and fresh rosemary sprigs.
One of the best things about this recipe is the speed - so if you suddenly need bread to go with dinner, you can make a heavenly-scented loaf in under 2 hours.
Olive & Rosemary
You can use the same recipe to make a very good pizza dough - simply omit the sugar in that case. (The sugar is eaten by the yeast as it proves, which creates a fluffier dough for focaccia. It won't taste sweet, because it is simply an energy source for the living yeast dough. For pizza though, we skip the sugar to create a crispy, flatter crust.)
The combination of flours results in a really delicious texture, but you can alternatively use whatever flours you have in your pantry. Spelt flour creates a very short texture, while the stronger baker's flour makes it chewy and creamy. We love this combination and use it for a lot of our yeast baking, but we've also got good results from using just baker's flour if we've run out of spelt.
And instead of rosemary, you could use fresh thyme or oregano - and omit the olives if you don't like them. If omitting the olives, sprinkle a little flaked salt on top instead. (We use the pink River Murray salt in all our cooking.)
Happy Baking, xV
This vegan ‘cheesy’ chickpea tart is a recipe I’ve been meaning to attempt for a while now. Chickpeas are blended with tahini and nutritional yeast ('nooch') to give the body of this tart a delicious creaminess. It's sort of like a baked hummus in a way, but firmer.
There's really nothing quite like beetroot is there? It's so fresh and vibrantly coloured. I had this sudden craving for some the other day, so I decided to make this nourishing and creamy beetroot and greens salad.
Ice cream that's healthy? Yes please!
Have you tried making banana nicecream before? If not, you definitely need to!
It's so crazy simple to make, and it's dairy free, vegan, low fat, wholesome, and just down right delicious.
These sesame tahini oat crackers are super simple to make, and are a useful healthy snack to have on hand at all times. They're deliciously crunchy, and pair fantastically with hummus, nut butters and plant-based cheeses.
What happens when you top a chocolate brownie base with layers of fluffy coconut creme, smooth caramel and finally a deeply darkly delicious chocolate layer? Very very good things..
It really is amazing what you can do by combining plant-based flavours and textures.
I love recreating classic dishes I used to eat into vegan versions, and this creamy chickpea 'tuna' salad is something I've been meaning to try for a while now.
Want to know a secret sneaky way of getting your greens in at breakfast time? (And no I'm not talking about green smoothies, as much as I love them). I'm talking about good old hearty, creamy, wholesome oats.
It may sound a little different, but trust me, this tastes absolutely delicious.
And the best part? It's super good for you! This nourishing dessert is packed full of plant-based protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals.