Fun with Raw Pizza

Pizza 1 - Red pepper, sweet onion, spinach, fennel & walnuts

We first tasted these raw pizzas a while ago.

They were delicious and filling, and I have been wanting to make them myself for some time.

Finally got around to it.

I did a test run before letting them loose on our guests.

I made the first small batch of bases when I made the carrot flax cracker biscuits. See here.

Pizza 2 - Fry's chicken strips, broccoli & pepperdews

For the bases, the tomato paste and the nut cheese, I used the recipe from Natalie and Noel's recipe book - 'easy living food' which you can get from their website 'easy living food'.

Pizza 3 - tomato, olives, yellow peppers & basil

As for the toppings - well that is the fun bit and entirely up to you!

For our dinner party, there were 8 people including Karen and I, and we made 5 different pizzas, cut into 8 slices each. There was more than enough to go around.

We made the following toppings - (in addition to the tomato paste and the nut cheese)

Pizza 4 - Curried tofu, sweet onion and spinach

1 - Sort of tropical flavour - Red peppers, spinach, sweet onions, fennel and walnuts.

2 - Something to make the carnivores feel at home - Fry's 'chicken' strips, broccoli and pepperdews.

3 - Bit of a Greek feel - Olives, yellow peppers, tomato and basil.

4 - A spicy one - Curried tofu pieces, sweet onion and spinach (with optional sliced banana, which we put in a bowl on the table).

Pizza 5 - Fry's polony, cauliflower, sun-dried tomatoes, spring onion & rocket

5 - Another nod to the carnivores - Fry's polony strips, cauliflower, sundried tomatoes, spring onion and rocket.

Karen's sweet onions

Just a note - the sweet onion - Karen finely sliced red onions and marinated them in red wine vinegar and a little agarve syrup for a few hours.

Oh yes - the pedantic among you will have noted that a couple of these were not strictly 'raw' because of the Fry's products, but they are all vegan!

So have fun and get creative with these - your guest will love them, hardened meat eaters as well!

Bon apetit.

Here are the basic recipes as per the book:

Pizza base:

1 C buckwheat - they say activated, but I just soak it for about 2 hours
1 C red or white onions, thinly sliced
1 C water
1/2 cup flax seeds, ground
1 apple, peeled and cored
2 T olive oil
1 T tamari
1/2 t salt

Blend the buckwheat, apple, tamari and water into a paste on high for about 30 seconds.
Pour into a bowl with all the other ingredients, and massage into a dough.
Spread onto solid dehydater sheet and dehydrate for about 12 hours.
Remove from sheet and place on racks and dry until ready.

Tomato sauce;

1/2 C dates, soaked
1/2 C sun-dried tomatoes
1 T tamari
1/2 clove garlic

Blend on high for about 30 seconds.

Nut cheez:

1 C nuts - cashews or macadamias
1/2 C water
1/4 C nutritional yeast
1 lemon
1 t mustard powder
1/2 t salt

Blend all ingredients together.

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