Even though I have only technically been blogging for two christmas', I struggled this year with the fact that everything has already been done. There is actually a recipe for everything Christmas. And, if you live in Australia like me, Christmas is really just a bunch of salads anyway. With all that in mind, I decided to go a bit off the rails and make a Christmas themed pizza. Which, surprisingly, is not even the best thing about this post.
In news far more exciting than me trying to write/you attempting to read a dry and dull description of my mind's inner workings and my tendency toward fattening foods, I can finally say that I have created a mini e-book with 12 recipes, all of the gluten free, vegetarian variety, with 100% of the profits to be donated to Save The Children's Syria Appeal.
One afternoon a few months ago now, a video popped up on my Facebook newsfeed which I decided to watch, half because it started playing before I had any choice in the matter. It was an enactment by a young British girl, living the life that any child should be living - playing outside, spending time with family, having fun with pals. As the video went on, it became apparent that Britain was in a hypothetical state of war. You can, and must (my description is appallingly bad at doing it justice) watch it here:
As much as political correctness of today would have it otherwise, this was the most distressing imagery I had seen of the Syrian crisis. Before this video, I'd seen news articles and the odd photo, but nothing that got to me quite like this did. The little girl could have been anyone I know, and she could have been me when I was young.
Therein, I think, lies the power of this video - breaking down the manner in which different people and different cultures distance themselves from one another. Somehow, human nature can make it relatively easy to distance your life from a tragedy that seems so far away in a country so foreign, but not remotely so easy to do so when it is happening to your own people. In the words of the video (I hope you watched it) just because it isn't happening here, doesn't mean it isn't happening.
With that in mind, I am hoping to assist Save The Children Syria appeal by raising some funds to do my part in ensuring that as few children as possible have scarred childhoods as a result of the choices of adults and governments. No child should have to go through what I am sure many Syrian children have already endured. If you are interested in buying the e-book, it will be available very shortly, and will retail at $12.00, the entirety of which will be donated to Save The Childen Syria.
The recipe for this pizza is one of the 12 recipes in the e-book, along with things such as the Nutella Tart, Pumpkin, feta and dukkah loaf, and Mexican Bimibap! Yay!
1 ¼ cup almond meal
3/4 cup potato flour
¼ cup tapioca flour
1 cup white rice flour
1 sachet yeast
1 ¼ cups warm water
1 teaspoon brown sugar
3 tablespoons olive oil
1.5 tablespoons pysllium husk
generous sea salt
100g blue cheese
2 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons cream cheese
2 medium potatoes, sliced into rounds
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for the individual pizza bases
handful of rosemary
handful of fresh currants
1. In a bowl, combine your yeast and brown sugar with 1 ¼ cups of warm water and stir to combine. Set aside for around 5-10 minutes until the yeast becomes frothy.
2. In another bowl, combine the olive oil, sea salt, and half of the rosemary, removed from the stems. Add the potato rounds, and, using your hands, coat the potatoes in the oil. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, combine your flours, a pinch of salt and psyllium husk, and mix well. Add the yeasty mixture, and stir to combine. Add the olive oil and use your hands to create a ball of dough. If the dough is still crumbly, add some more water.
4. Cover the dough bowl with a tea towel, and leave it in a warm place for about half an hour. Turn the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
5. While you are waiting for your pizza bases, place the potato rounds on a baking tray covered in baking paper, and cook for twenty minutes. Check them, turn the tray around, and cook for another ten.
6. Divide the pizza dough into four balls, and press each one evenly out onto a baking tray with baking paper. They should be quite thin but not translucent. Put a teaspoon of olive oil into your hands, and pat it onto the pizza base once you have the desired shape. Pop in the oven for ten minutes to prove.
7. Mix together your blue cheese, milk and cream cheese, and continue mixing until the lumps are mostly gone.
8. Once the pizza bases are cooked, divide the blue cheese mixture between the four, and spread it evenly over each. Divide the potato rounds evenly and form a single layer on each pizza. Top with a handful of currants and some extra rosemary.
9. Turn the oven to grill, and set the timer for ten minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and brown. Remove from the oven and enjoy!