Monday, November 16, 2009

Taco Pizza, Tomato Harvest, and Japanese Treats

With an Italian in the family, handmade pizza is a pretty regular occurrence in our household. Happily we've had many delicious outcomes and no real disasters. Usually I like a really saucy cheeseless pizza with pinneapple and ranch dressing to dip. This week I felt like giving something else a go. Enter "taco pizza."

This delicious little pie is a handmade crust (simple flour, yeast, water). I spread a thin layer of pizza sauce on top then added a layer of spicy refried beans. The next layer is cooked lightlife brand mexican ground beef. Lastly topped with diced tomato and onion. Baked about 20 minutes.

Once the pizza came out i topped it with fresh chopped lettuce, salsa and tofutti sour cream. In hindsight I think I would've preferred to add the salsa before baking. Otherwise it makes for an icy bite.

It's starting to get brisk and drippy in Portland these days so we were beginning to worry about our tomatoes. This was our first year with a garden and we planted the romas pretty late in the season so they aren't ripe just yet. The below pic is a decently large bowl with our loot. I think it's a lot consider it came from a small container on our apartment's patio!

I thought you all would get a kick out of our shopping spree at Uwajimaya - the local Asian Market. We pretty much bought anything that was vegan friendly but most of it happened to be candy. That little pink stud is Willy - the blankie doll I sewed with my own two hands. Say hello, Willy!

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