Now you may be reading this thinking that is not such a big deal, and shouldn't any good 'clean eater' be eating home grown vegetables? Well, you haven't seen my lifetime of efforts with anything green and growing! When I was a uni student my Mum bought me a small plant called a Flaming Katie (yes Mum, my name is Kate and I do have a fiery temper at times...got the joke!). The plant had pretty little yellow flowers on it and it took pride of place in my lounge. Being a uni student there was not a huge amount of effort put into decoration of the lounge so I felt pretty proud of my little plant. Anyway, due to either too much water, or a lack of water, or too much sun, or not enough sun (I had no idea what I was supposed to do with this little living thing in my lounge - so I swung between watering it every day with a big cup, to not watering at all for days or weeks, and full sun to deep in a corner of the room!) the poor little thing just shrivelled up and died. I didn't want to tell Mum that the plant she had gifted me had met its end (who has seen the scene from that Kate Hudson movie where the guy kills their 'love fern'?!!), so I very cleverly went down to the local plant shop and bought another one. Or at least, I thought I was clever! Anyway, turns out my Mum doesn't have the best memory which served me well in this instance as I proceeded to go through about 3 more of these plants before I finally gave up hope and confessed to my Mum that I couldn't seem to keep it alive. Mum, bless her lovely naivety, was totally surprised and had no idea that I had been killing them and had not even noticed that about once every 3 months my plant would suddenly be breaking out in a beautiful bloom of flowers that were a different colour each time! Since those days I have gained a little more gardening experience, but not much. For the most part, anything that grows well in our garden does so out of sheer good luck and perseverance on the part of the plant!
In order to get the ball rolling, my eldest and I put a few seeds into trays yesterday to get some seedlings going. Today, I cleared away some of the jungle that was growing over our vege patch and dug in some blood and bone (no idea why, I just remember my parents doing that when I was young!), and planted a couple of pumpkin seedlings my stepdad-in-law gave me. If I could just ask everyone to cross their fingers, I may in time have some pumpkins to be proud of...maybe!
That is a little bit of a digression from Pizza, so I'll get on with it!
The other night hubby was craving Pizza, so being the good little wifey that I am, I decided to go about making one that was family friendly, gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, soy-free, sugar-free...and I think the end result was pretty successful! A huge thankyou to the wonderful Petite Kitchen for the recipe for the base - I have made my own in the past, but the other day I used her recipe to make some bread rolls for lunch and they were so yummy that I decided to make the recipe into a pizza base (with a couple of minor modifications!) www.petite-kitchen.com
You would think that a pizza without flour or cheese was not really a pizza at all, but hubby was seriously impressed! I don't like to rate these things too highly, as I know that everyone has different ideas of what good food is, but on this one I am dealing with somewhat of a pizza expert...hubby has eaten a LOT of pizza over the years (he's no connoisseur - his all-time fave is Hawaiian!), but for him to say he loved it meant that it must have been a pretty good resemblance of a pizza!
I served the pizza with a side salad of cabbage, cucumber, orange and purple carrot with a lemon and olive oil dressing. This recipe made 1 large and 3 small pizzas, or 2 large pizzas.