Tanzania gets its name from fusing together Tanganyika and Zanzibar. Zanzibar, a beautiful island just off the coast of Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania, is one of the main tourist attractions for visitors of Tanzania. I have been there 3-4 times over all, and I am still in love with it. I got to swim with dolphins there, one of the most anxious and amazing experiences ever, I got to see a man called “Butterfly” climb up a 15m-palm tree with nothing but a rope tied between his two feet, I got to try various foods at the harbour food stands without knowing what I was eating…long story short, Zanzibar is a very cool place to visit! If you ever get the chance, go there!
However, when you do, you really want to fly there. There is a ferry that will take you across, and it doesn’t take too long…the times we travelled there with the ferry, though, were always terrible. Not because once we saw a huge whale dive out the water, or because ferries aren’t cool, but because most Tanzanians, and my Dad, just don’t have water legs. Below the deck, where most of the people are, either you are seasick, or you start getting seasick when everyone else starts showing symptoms. That part of going there was never much fun. Whenever we arrived, though, the horrors of the trip were forgotten.
Why am I telling you this random story? Well, I made a boat-like dinner today, and I needed something to spike your interest. 🙂 I hope it worked and you’re still reading! It’s totally worth it, as I made Pizza Canoes today! Wondering what the heck that is? See below:
Yes, that picture is still a little cryptic. But, trust me, reading the recipe and scrolling down to see more pictures is totally worth it! (Don’t ask me why I’m being so secretive today, I guess it’s been a not-too-eventful day and therefore I somehow have to crank up the suspense here.)
These can be made vegan by leaving out the cheese, or substituting it with cashew nut butter. They can be made non-vegetarian (and this should be a no-brainer) by adding peperoni, ham, or whatever you desire.
Vegetarian Pizza Canoes
for the dough:
- 350g rye flour
- 150g spelt flour
- 4 Tbs. olive oil
- 7g dry yeast (=1 packet)
- 1 tsp. salt
for the tomato sauce:
- 500g sieved tomatoes
- a dash of brown sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp. oregano
- 1 tsp. Italian herbs (I have premixed herbs, if you don’t, simply add more oregano)
- 1 finely diced onion
- 1 finely diced garlic clove
for the topping(s):
- 2 bell peppers (red and yellow)
- 1 tomato
- 1 zucchini
- 70g black olives
- 2 lactose-free mozarella
- a handful organic rocket
1. Prepare the tomato sauce by mixing together all the ingredients and letting the herbs and seasoning infuse the sauce.
2. Prepare the dough, kneading it thoroughly, and then set aside to rise for at least 30 min, preferably 1 hour.
3. While you are waiting for the dough to rise, you can start preparing your toppings. As you can see in the picture above, I sliced all my veggies, and cut the cheese into smaller pieces that I later tore into even smaller pieces.
4. When the dough has risen, separate it into 8 portions, and roll them into an oval shape using a rolling pin. Then fold in the sides and press down around the rim, using a fork.
5. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Put 1 Tbs. of the tomato sauce on each of the canoes, and top with the veggies. If you’re vegan, this is your last step.
6. Add the mozarella on top (or any other type of cheese) and sprinkle a bit of pizza spices on top, if you have any (I have an all-natural pizza-spice mix containing oregano, Italian herbs, chili, and green pepper).
7. Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven. I had to do it all in two rounds, as my baking tin wasn’t large enough for all 8 of the canoes.
8. Once they come out of the oven, spread a bit of rocket on them, and serve immediately. You could also grate a bit of fresh parmesan on top or add a splash of balsamic vinegar for garnish.
See the pic by pic procedure below:
Obviously, the toppings can be varied as desired:
If you have a boyfriend who needs meat on pizza, you may want to add some ham or salami or something like that. If you do, it should be the second layer after the tomato sauce:
…and, finally, enjoy the finished product:
My boyfriend commented that “these are very filling”, which is most likely due to the whole-flour dough. But, the dough was very crisp and the veggies oh so fresh-tasting!
Besides, it looks like a canoe – how can you not love it?!