ode to pizza.

October 12, 2007

I work at a pizza place. I’m a little sick of seeing pizza and eating salad, even though we have come up with some lovely vegan slices on weekends when I’m in charge. It’s mostly just lots of veggies (spinach is a favorite), maybe with some nuts on top and either a tomato sauce or an olive oil&garlic base. I never feel like making my own pizza at home anymore, but it brings me back to the days when I did…

Green Goddess Garlic Pizza from Vegan with a Vengeance.

The leftover green puree from above, on a half whole-wheat crust with marinara, spinach, roasted garlic, sundried tomatoes, and a little broccoli.

And here’s Isa Pizza, also from VWAV. A definite favorite. I often sub (the cheaper) black olives for kalamata.

With Isa Pizza leftovers (Tofu Ricotta, Kalamata Olives, Mushrooms, Marinara), leftover bell pepper, and roasted garlic, I made this. It was interesting but good.

This next photo may not look too appetizing, but it was one of the best pizzas ever.

It’s half black olives, red pepper, roasted garlic, jalapeno, mushroom; half artichoke ragout (more olives, tomatoes, capers..).

Basically, just make your own crust and sauce, use any veggies (or fruit) you have, and you’re pretty much guaranteed to have a tasty and inexpensive pizza.


mishmash fried rice

June 13, 2007

I’m in Oregon now, for the summer… trying to, you guessed it, save money. My internet access won’t be as regular and I don’t have my own digital camera (but I’m hoping that tomorrow my brother will let me use his).

Here’s what I made about a week ago, right before I left.

I was trying to use up some things since I knew I was leaving: baby carrots, frozen edamame and corn, garbonzo beans, rice. I also added lots of garlic. You can make fried rice with anything, really, and I certainly made it the embarrassingly simple way. As in, “How about I just season with curry powder?” simple. I did make it a little more low-fat, just by using less oil and more soy sauce and toasted sesame oil. It was very filling.

I caved in and made a vegan food blog. I know there are lots of them now, but I hope to have a new take on it. This blog will be about making/eating cheap but delicious food (my own experience with it, plus tips and recipes). So even if your income isn’t as small as mine, you can save up to go to Millenium.

I figure nachos are a good place to start. (I also figured I should start using capital letters.)

Simple enough. Our friends brought over burrito ingredients on Cinco de Mayo and left some of them, not including the tortillas, for me to use. So the next day, I emptied my bag of chips, poured on some refried beans, made the nacho cheese sauce from The Uncheese Cookbook, and threw on some guacamole and salsa.