The Adventures of a Thoroughly Organic Girl and a Chemical Consort & How to Cook The Ethical Hedonist, Organic Superfood Pizza
For Valentine’s Day.
Once upon a time, a thoroughly passionate Organic Princess called Scheherazade collided with a clever, naughty and thoroughly beguiling, geek prince. A physicist, who charmed her with wondrous tales of quarks called beauty and charm and how according to the laws of physics, it is impossible for them to co-exist. As if that wasn’t enough of a challenge, there was another, far more serious problem.
Swapping the Pub and Ciggies for Gardening and Car Detailing
Princess Scheherazade lives a thoroughly green and organic lifestyle. As Hippocrates says, ‘Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food’. Alas, the new man in her life might make her heart skip, and her mind do flippy little somersaults, but his lifestyle is shockingly toxic! Take his idea of dinner. As he would rather spend hours polishing the executive, gas-guzzling, boy-toy, silver chariot to within an inch of its life, or tending his sub tropical garden, (oddly he has swapped boozing and ciggies for gardening and er, Roundup) eating isn’t very high on the agenda.
Isn’t Organic Gobbledy Gook?
In fact, until he met his princess – A packet of blistering chilli crisps, a sandwich and a magnum for dessert, or maybe three, was just dandy. It gets worse. Mention the word ‘organic’, and he is prone to start gazing into the middle distance, and looking very peculiar. As if he is a computer on standby. LOL. ‘I’m thinking,’ he says dangerously, then comes the bombshell. ‘I always thought organic food was just gobbledy gook. Explain it to me. What does it really mean? What makes it organic? When I’m in the supermarket and something says it’s organic, I put it right back. I think anything organic means it’s going to taste horrible, because all the naughty stuff that makes it taste yummy-delicious has been spoil-sportingly left out.’
Princess Scheherazade let out a forlorn sigh. Wow. She needed to think quickly. “Okay, I will prove to you how delicious and good for you organic food can be. Tonight we will make my organic super food pizza – and if you don’t ask for seconds and thirds, I give up!”
Take One Part Sceptical Geek, One Part Organic Pizza and a Hot Shade of Pink Lipstick and a Vintage La Perla Dress…
4 oz of organic ground almonds or a mix of ground almonds and Linwoods flaxseed mix.
2 ozs organic butter/ or Biona raw coconut oil to make it vegan.
1 Jar of Sainsbury’s SO Organic Tomato Paste (cheat’s topping).
200grams of Yeo Valley Vintage Cheddar of Hafod Cheddar from Waitrose. Or use vegetable toppings, raw or cooked to make a vegan version. Raw avocado, red onion and tomato is delicious too.
100grams of good quality organic feta cheese /1 packet of SO Organic mozzarella cheese/ or organic Parmesan also works well.
Vine ripened organic cherry tomatoes
Four good quality sundried tomatoes cut into half moons
SO Organic new season green olives
For a decadent, luxuriant touch try some wood roasted artichoke pieces
Fresh or dried organic oregano (Bart’s spices do fantastic organic spices)
Preheat oven to gas mark 180
In a large mixing bowl combine sifted almond flour and spelt flour and then rub in butter or coconut oil to make medium breadcrumbs. Add water to combine and work gently to make a pliable dough.
Dust a wooden breadboard with extra flour and roll out pastry into a thin round pizza base. Prick the pastry with a fork, cover with a layer of foil and blind bake on a pizza tray for 10 mins. Return to the oven for a further 5 minutes, making sure that the pastry becomes crisp and lightly golden, but doesn’t burn. Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes.
Now comes the fun part. With a palette knife add a thin layer of tomato paste to the cooled pizza base. Follow with a generous layer of grated cheddar cheese. Let your imagination flow, and finish the piece with an artful arrangement of tomato, olive and feta slices and finish either with a dusting of dried oregano or crumble the fresh leaves for an aromatic flourish!
Bake in the oven for 12 minutes until the topping has turned an enticing, light golden colour. Remove from the oven and eat immediately with a pretty salad of seasonal ingredients such as – cos lettuce, carrots, and new season apples and walnuts. Enjoy, and notice how you don’t have an energy slump afterwards.
(Being a girl, I allowed time to take off my pretty apron to eat supper in my favourite, vintage La Perla dress enhanced by the most enhancing shade of intense powder pink lipstick by Jane Iredale – the Queen of film makeup.
‘Wow! This tastes delicious, and it was fun and easy to make with you.’ Is there anymore? This, I might add was after he had demolished a second, very generous slice. Then he paused to look at me intently. ‘That lipstick really suits you. It makes your eyes look very, very blue. I could get seriously lost looking into those eyes.’
With Love from Scheherazade xxx