Vegan Pizza Favourites

Every pizza enthusiast has their own way of throwing together pizzas, their own topping preferences. My basic method: I like a good marinara sauce on the bottom with some onion and garlic, a HUGE amount of chopped greens on top of that (makes the pizza taste "fresher"!), a light sprinkle of cheese to hold those together, and a thick covering of my favourite seasonal and perennial fruit and veg on top, followed by another sprinkling of cheese.

pizzaOther people go lighter on toppings, some people like diced toppings and others like big old chunky chunks. Some folks like thick bases, some like thin, some like mini-pizzas some like a pizza that wouldn't fit in most standard ovens! Some people like making wholemeal or spelt bases, others gluten-free, and some go for a dehydrated raw zucchini-flaxseed base with fresh raw toppings on top!

Whatever your preference, the end product is always fairly darn delicious. In fact, if you're like me, you

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Review & Giveaway: The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Bread: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free

Quite a few people stumble into veganism by way of researching their food because of allergies, and if you're one of those vegans The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Bread: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free will dazzle you with its crazy-huge collection of baked delights including sweet breads, muffins, cinnamon rolls, donuts, savoury crackers, biscuits, scones, tortillas, yeast breads, rolls, pitas, bagels, and pizza crusts.

Blogger and author Laurie Sadowski delivers an amazing number of recipes free from gluten, wheat, dairy, and eggs, as well free from soy, yeast, corn, tree nuts, peanut, and citrus. This book is the most comprehensive allergy/gluten-free bread baking collection I've seen to-date.

The array of ingredients used is incredible: this way of gluten-free eating is a way to vary your diet significantly, not restrict it! There are so many flours mixed and matched throughout this book that ye olde world wheat flours start to look pretty darn dull by comparison. With 7,000 edible plants in the

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Photos of vegan food, raw food, cats, baby... and stuff in general

Baby
Morning sleep-in.

Broccoli
Broccoli monster!

Markets
Yummy fresh stuffs from the local farmer's market.

Brain food
Consumin' brain food in the car!

Mao
One of these fuzzies is not like the other... (Mao!)

Happy faces!
Happy faces! Fuji kitty & baby smiles-a-lot.

Car trip
HAIRCUTS IS SERIOUS BUSINESS. That's where we were off to. CHOP CHOP. Haven't finished my hair update yet, though. Haircut was only stage 1! More later... unless I destroy my hair & have to hide away for a few months. ;P

David's pesto pizza
David cooked a pesto pizza.

Chopstick!
Chopstick vs Grassblade: FIGHT!... Well, if you want to be entertained in a mall food court, you have to be creative.

fruity thief
Fruity thief enjoys her spoils. (Ali managed to pick up some fruit while we were shopping without us noticing! We went back & paid 40 cents for this plum. Shopguy was very amused.)

raw pizza base
Raw pizza base in the dehydrator for tonight's dinner.

salty chocolate balls
David wanted me to show you his "salty chocolate balls." K THX. He made them this

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Creamy Banana Passion Smoothie

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In the house where I grew up we had a passionfruit vine growing along the fence for some years. I recently rediscovered my passion for passionfruit thanks to some cheap summer produce & created this delicious & simple smoothie.

Creamy Banana Passion smoothies

2 large bananas, chopped 6 passionfruit, halved 2 cups water ¾ cup almonds (soaked is best) ⅓ cup dates 1 tsp vanilla extract or ½ bean

Blend bananas, water, almonds, dates, & vanilla until smooth. Scoop out passionfruit seeds & flesh, add to blender, & whiz until well combined & seeds are broken up (into pieces around the size of black sesame seeds). Serves 4.

Don't over-blend this one or it will froth up! If you want to make your smoothie extra-icy, add ½-1 cup of ice & blend for 10 seconds.

&here's a bonus blurry pic of my most excellent raw pizza lunch & green juice:

&for people who are counting: 11 weeks to go...

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Raw Buckwheat & Flax Flatbread

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Decent raw bread recipes are hard to come by. Breads heavy in flax have a very strong flavour and can be a touch bitter, other recipes require you to shove stuff through a juicer as well as dehydrating. I have been trying out more raw food cuisine recently, on a health kick, and have come up with this recipe. This bread has a pretty mild flavour compared to straight flax seed/meal breads, and if - like me - you enjoy the taste of buckwheat, you will probably love this bread.

It's high in omega oils, fibre, B-vitamins, and several minerals, including manganese. Buckwheat is a seed rather than a grain, and contains no gluten - it's closely related to rhubarb. Freshly ground meal from sprouted buckwheat groats is best, otherwise buy your flax and buckwheat meal from a health store with a high turnover so it's fresh, and keep it in the fridge or freezer. It's also a good

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Updated recipes for gluten-free/yeast-free pizza & bread

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I have adjusted a couple of my recipes. Here's some updates.

Pizza
I've made my pizza dough a little healthier.

Pizza dough ingredients:
half cup potato starch
half cup besan/chickpea flour (OR half cup maize flour; OR half a cup of blended chickpea and maize!)
half cup brown rice flour
half cup tapioca
teaspoon of salt
teaspoon of xantham or guar gum (optional, but advisable)
tablespoon baking powder
tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
up to 1 cup of water, or as needed
small handful of mixed seeds, ground flax/LSA, nutritional yeast, etc

Original post and instructions and photos

Method:
1. Sift together flours, salt, gum, and baking powder. Stir or whisk until well combined.
2. Add half a cup of water and all the oil to flour mix. Stir unti combined, then knead, and form into a dough ball, adding more water as necessary. (Note: this won’t be stretchy like wheat dough. It will be more like

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