I recently learned that one of the things my friend Diana hates most in the entire world is the song ‘Taking Care of Business’, especially at weddings or events where the song stops and people chant the chorus while clapping to the beat.
I have no idea why I find this absolutely hilarious. Maybe it’s because it’s a random and ridiculous thing to hate? Maybe it was the vein pulsing in her forehead while she described it to me or the fact that she sent me examples from YouTube hours after we had this discussion? Or maybe because it really is one of the worst things in the world and we’re all living our lives without knowing it?
Either way, the thought of Diana being around when that song gets played brings me never-ending elation.
Nevertheless, making pizza dough from scratch made me feel like I was ‘taking care of business’. (Nice segway right?)
I was inspired by Pinterest to make a ‘cheese-less’ pizza. It literally blew my mind, like why didn’t I think of that? It’s so simple! Plus making my own dough is a perfect way to keep up with my 2013 resolution of becoming a ‘bread master’.
I used this simple recipe for pizza dough and also added about 2 tbsp of various spices to give it more flavor. (It was actually a jar I found was literally labeled ‘Pizza Spices’.)
I brushed olive oil on both sides of the dough and then I added some of my favorite veggies & toppings on top of some plain tomato sauce:
- sliced white onions
- marinated artichoke hearts
- sliced broccoli (including the stalk)
- green onion
- sliced tomatoes
- crushed cashew nuts
I drizzled the whole thing with basil olive oil (from World Market) and some more herbs before putting it in the oven at 375 degrees. When it was nice and crispy I topped it with fresh arugula. Right before serving I panicked and thought it might be a little dry so I also drizzled it with some Dijon mustard mixed with veganaise and agave nectar:
It was pretty satisfying although I do admit that I had to watch a few videos on kneading dough again before starting.
I also learned that I can get the dough extra crusty if I put the pizza pan in the oven before cooking the pizza! Why didn’t I know that!?!
P.S. Diana, this one is for you: