Shiitake Mushroom Pizza

My husband and I love pizza, like most people I guess. It’s something I bake often, as it’s not a lot of hassle. It’s very easy to make, I can put on it what I have in the fridge and it turns out delicious every time. This time I’ve made Shiitake Mushroom Pizza. From all the mushrooms, Shiitakes are my favourite. Besides mushrooms, I put Specialty Olives that I made a few weeks ago. I need to make another batch, a bigger one, now that Christmas is coming.

4 bakes to show the #30Days30Bakes

On the 25th I’ve started a personal challenge: 30 bakes in 30 days. Basically, I want to bake something each day. It doesn’t matter if it’s something easy like a pizza or a loaf of bread. It can also be a 3 tier cake. It mostly depends on what I have in mind if there is a special occasion or not. I will finish the challenge on the 24th December, a day in which I’m sure I’m going to bake… like a lot.
If you fancy joining in the challenge, even with a single bake, use the hashtag #30Days30Bakes on twitter and tag me ancaslifestyle. I will RT all vegetarian recipes and I will also comment on all. In the roundup I’m planning to make after Christmas, I can link to any recipes that caught my eyes. Feel free to link to my blog, obviously I would appreciate it, but it’s not necessary.

Shiitake Mushroom Pizza

Now, let’s talk about Shiitake Mushroom Pizza, the first in my #30Days30Bakes challenge. I made it on a pizza stone, so I gave specific instruction for it. If you don’t use a pizza stone, just put the dough on a baking paper on a tray. It’s easier.

Ingredients for a big pizza:
– 100g strong white flour
– 100g strong wholemeal flour
– 6g Easy-Bake yeast
– 1 tsp sugar
– 130ml lukewarm water
– salt
– coarse cornmeal
– 3 spoons oil
– 100g Shiitake mushrooms
– 100g grated cheddar
– 200g tomato sauce
– 30g Gouda
– olives and sundried tomatoes

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Vegetarian Tagliatelle Bolognese

I saw recently a TV show about pasta, Inside the Factory. An Italian lady talked about the 350 types of pasta. She also mentioned that there is no such thing as Spaghetti Bolognese in Italy, but Tagliatelle are the correct pasta shapes for the Bolognese sauce. This is what made me want to prepare Vegetarian Tagliatelle Bolognese and share the recipe on my blog. I’m considering to make recipes of pasta that are suitable for different types of shapes. It’s quite an interesting way to think of recipes.

 Vegetarian Tagliatelle Bolognese

For this recipe I’ve used mild pepper paste, it has the same consistency of tomato paste. I bought it from an International shop and I think it’s Polish. If you don’t find something like it in your local shops, you can replace it with tomato paste. I like the pepper paste as it is, I would spread it on sandwiches instead of butter. So, if you find it, give it a try, you might like it as much as I do.

Ingredients for 4 servings:
– 320g dried Tagliatelle
– 1 big red onion or two small ones
– 2 garlic cloves
– 300g vegetarian mince
– 2 spoons of mild pepper paste
– 2 spoons of vegetable oil
– 1 tin and a half of plum tomatoes
– 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
– 1 tsp paprika
– cayenne pepper
– 2 tsp dried oregano
– 1 tsp dried basil
– 1 tsp dried parsley
– salt
– grated cheddar

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Gnocchi with Spring Garlic and Mushrooms

I was delighted to find spring garlic at one of our local shops, a small supermarket with International produce. We had a lot of spring garlic these days, as you can imagine. It’s not something I usually find in supermarkets, so it was lovely to see it on the shelves. If you didn’t try it before, spring garlic looks like spring onion, but it has a strong taste and garlicky smell. The flavour is more intense comparing to green onions. As for texture, the garlic is a bit harder, but still ok to eat as it is. If you want to eat it raw, chop it in small pieces and sprinkle it over salads, it’s really tasty.

This vegan Gnocchi with Spring Garlic and Mushrooms recipe is enough for 3 people, add more mushrooms and sundried tomatoes if you want to make 4 servings. I used shop bought gnocchi, as they take so little time to prepare, only a few minutes and they are quite good.

 Gnocchi with Spring Garlic and Mushrooms

Ingredients for 3 servings:
– 500g gnocchi
– 4 Spring Garlic
– 350g Oyster mushrooms
– 3 sundried tomatoes
– 4 spoons of oil
– sea salt
– chilli oil to serve

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Ricotta and tomatoes pasta

I made this type of pasta with soft cheese many times. When my husband asked how do I think they would turn out with ricotta, I just had to try. They are delicious and I will make them again and this is why I’m sharing the recipe.
As I didn’t have any fresh mushrooms, I’ve used frozen ones, still as good. I usually use plum tomatoes in my recipes and this is what I used for this one.

Ricotta and tomatoes pasta recipe

Ingredients for 2 servings:
– 160g dried wholewheat pasta
– 250g ricotta
– 250g frozen mushrooms
– 2 spoons of oil
– 1 can of plum tomatoes
– salt
– pepper
– 2 tsp dried basil
– 1 tsp dried parsley

Boil the pasta according to the instruction on the packaging. Rinse it with cold water as soon as it’s boiled, so it will not get overdone.
While the pasta is boiling, make the sauce by heating the oil in a big saucepan. Toss in the mushrooms and stir. Leave them on the hob and stir from time to time. Meanwhile, using a fork prick the plum tomatoes from the can. You can use chopped tomatoes, but I find that plum tomatoes are better quality than ready chopped ones.
Add the tomatoes over the mushrooms, the spices and herbs and stir. Leave on the hob for 5 minutes or so. Take off the heat. When the pasta is ready, add it to the tomato sauce along with the ricotta. Stir so all the ingredients are incorporated.
Now the pasta is ready to be served.

Ricotta and tomatoes pasta recipe

As you can see, it’s very easy to make and it has the creaminess of the cheese, two veggies and lots of fibers from the pasta. I use Organic wholewheat pasta as I really like the taste, I found one that it’s great value for money and it has around 7g of fibers per servings (28% of the recommended daily intake).

Pizza with potato bread base

My husband loves pizza, so last time I baked potato bread, I made a little more and baked a pizza too.

Pizza with potato bread base

This time I made the pizza with canned cherry tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, cheese and green pepper. I think the cherry tomatoes were very good and it looked so much better than having tomato cubes. It wasn’t a lot of moisture from the tomatoes and I could use them as they were, without having to prepare them, as I have to with raw tomatoes.

Pizza with potato bread base

Ingredients for the base:
– 100g wholemeal strong flour
– 100g white strong flour
– 100g mashed potatoes
– 125ml lukewarm water
– 4g fast-action yeast
– salt
– 3-4 spoons of cornmeal

Ingredients for the toppings:
– 1 can of cherry tomatoes
– 50g tomato paste
– 100g cheddar
– 200g mushrooms
– 1 spoon of oil
– a few bits of green pepper
– 10 green olives
– 1 tsp chilli oil
– garlic powder
– oregano
– basil

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Pasta with artichoke

I was in a rush and I had no time to make a complicated pasta recipe, so pasta with artichoke was the answer. It’s very easy to make and I will keep it in mind for when we are going caravanning, as it’s something that can be easily done in the caravan. I do make variations of this pasta recipe with other types of canned veggies. At that time I had some artichoke, I thought it will be great and I was right.
On top I’ve sprinkled Nigella seeds because I find them delicious and they also add a little bit of colour. I used light soft cheese, but it will work with any type of soft cheese you prefer.

Pasta with artichoke.

Ingredients for 2 servings:
– 240g drained artichoke
– 165g dried wholemeal pasta
– 150g soft cheese
– 1/2 tsp cardamon
– 1/2 tsp garlic
– 1/2 tsp chilli oil
– salt
– pepper
– 2 tsp marjoram
– 2 spoons of oil
– 2 tsp Nigella seeds

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Naan pizza

My husband loves pizza, so we have it regularly. I usually make the dough, but this time we wanted something different and much faster. It was the first time I’ve made Naan pizza. There are a lot of options for toppings to choose from and this time I’ve made it with veggie salami, cheese and mushrooms.

01 Naan pizza

Ingredients for 2 pizza:
– 2 Naan breads
– 1 can of plum tomatoes
– 1 small can of tomato paste
– salt, pepper, basil, oregano
– 3 garlic cloves
– cheddar cheese
– mushrooms
– vegetarian salami

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