Pizza Feast

For dinner last night we had pizza, salad and peach strawberry crisp. I used as many local and self grown ¬†ingredients as possible. I actually wanted to make strawberry rhubarb crisp, but I couldn’t find any rhubarb without driving quite a ways to get it. I asked a friend to get some for me at the Cedar market, but she said they were selling skinny stalks for $2.50/lb., and the worst part is they were selling them with the large leaves attached. Who wants to pay for that? That isn’t right. It reminds me of a woman at the other market I usually go to who sells the tiniest eggs I have ever seen. She calls them medium, and charges $4/dozen. I thought about talking to her about it, you know, nicely, but I one time made the mistake of opening a container in front of her, and she went off about how she weighs all her eggs etc. So, I don’t need to argue with a woman about how she wants to sell her eggs. I just won’t buy them, but I’ve digressed from the dinner now.

turkey sausage, mushrooms, red peppers, and cherry tomatoes

So my pizza was topped with pizza sauce with homegrown oregano and marjoram, local turkey sausage, mushrooms, local red peppers, and the sweetest local cherry tomatoes. I covered it in a blend of jalapeno jack, and organic New Zealand cheddar. (I’m not a mozza girl as I don’t like the way it sticks to the back of my teeth.)

Joe’s pizza is vegan. It has the same sauce, veggie pepperoni, sliced zucchini, local red peppers, mushrooms, and sliced black olives. It is covered with a combination of mozza and cheddar daiya cheese. (dairyless cheese that melts).

vegan pizza for Joe

Isaac’s pizza is gluten free and dairy free. I will post the recipe for the crust shortly. It has the same sauce, local gluten free turkey sausage, steamed broccoli, hot banana peppers, and the same combination of daiya cheese.

gluten free, dairy free pizza for Isaac

We also had a salad of local butterhead and red leaf lettuce with homegrown watercress, sunflower seeds, and a maple balsamic dressing that was awesome. I threw some of those cherry tomatoes into mine as well. They go so nicely with the dressing.

fresh salad with maple balsamic dressing

To top it all off, for desert I made a maple peach strawberry crisp with the last jar of peaches that I put up last summer, organic strawberries, and organic maple syrup.

maple peach strawberry crisp

Isaac’s Pizza Crust:

ingredients:

  • 1/2 C tapioca flour
  • 1/2 C chickpea flour
  • 2/3 C almond milk, you could sub. your favourite milk here
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 t each basil and oregano

Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl, and wet ingredients in another. Add the wet to the dry, and combine well. Pour, (it well be very wet, not dough like at all), into a very well greased toaster oven pan. I use coconut oil. Make sure you get up the sides. Bake at 425F for 20 min. Check while cooking to let the air out of any pockets that start to rise. You’ll have a mountain range pizza otherwise. After putting on ingredients you broil the top to cook.

Strawberries and Beans

These notes are from May 12, when I constructed my first large self-watering container. I converted a large storage tote. I bought four of them when they were on sale for this purpose. Well, one of them I’m using as a soil mixing place as I don’t have a wheelbarrow, and they’re really quite expensive. Plus, I’ve never seen the need for one, having only a patio. I can move stuff around in the wagon most of the time.

I would recommend for anyone constructing their own containers that they wear gloves. It took quite a deal of finessing and time to make my first one to make sure I didn’t cut the lid too small
thereby making it useless. So, I ended up with quite a blister, due to the tin snips. I took a break and planted the rosemary. I put it in its own container, rather than in the large strawberry planter that I was planning for herbs, because I need to bring it in at winter time. The last time I had rosemary outside in a pot I killed it by leaving it out.

I used the same mix for the large tote, which will be home to strawberries and bush beans, as for the watercress except I added about 1/2 C of bone meal to it. I planted 6 beans, a tricolour mix, with the plan to plant another row after these sprout. The beans started popping through the soil after after 11 days. It was a very exciting moment for me. I love how thrilled I am every time I see something sprout. I think it’s good for the self esteem to know that you’ve helped something to have life.

I bought the strawberries from a local garden centre, and although I love this place for many things I would not buy those little cardboard packages of berries again. There were only 9 in there instead of 10, and two of them were dead. I lost another one after planting. Fortunately by that time, I had purchased lovely large strawberries from a local grower at my farmers’ market. So, I will definitely start there the next time I need to buy some. The strawberries and beans are both thriving now, and I need to plant my second row of beans.

strawberries and beans thriving in a self watering container