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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

1, 2...Juice!

I bent down slowly to squat on my toes and peered into the lower half of the fridge just to check if I had enough greens for that day. The basin I brought with me always seemed too small to carry my harvest. I ended up coming back for a second round. The plucking began with the green  and red apples, pears, lemon, oranges, and a very ripe guava I managed to grab at a "reduced to clear" price. The vegetables consisted of broccoli, tomatoes, carrots, cucumber and a dozen of belalai gajah leaves. I never peeled the fruits but only cut them in chunks before cramming all of them inside the blender. Blitzed the beautiful content a couple of seconds before the sieving process began. I normally get a big jug of the green juice leaving me a bowlful of the fibre behind. I try not to discard as much, most of the time using the remnants for our dish for that day. Our food centers around the fruits and vegetables used and so far I have done variations of curries, nasi goreng, currypuff, poppiah, murtabak, nuggets, all using the leftovers for our iftar. It saved us many trips to the pasar ramadhan. I reckoned, we would have enough food on the table for iftar this year by just surviving on veges and fruits alone.  My kids who have never given vegetables a second look prior to this project, have eaten all that I have prepared, maybe because they were just hungry to be fussy and alhamdulillah for that.

If anyone were to ask me, what is the kids' favourite food using the remnants from our juice, it would definitely be pizza! It was the only food that they were confident enough to eat without any alarming thoughts of braving through a sea of veges.  They looked victorious and enjoyed every slice and finished one large pan in one seating. Then came the expected question "...guess, what's inside the pizza?" :o)

This is my trusted pizza base recipe. I tweaked the pretzel recipe and came up with this. 


You need to prepare the pizza base first before the filling. The recipe is in the picture. All you need to do is mix the packet of yeast into the lukewarm water and leave it for 10 minutes. Dump the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well until a soft dough is formed. Leave to rise for 30 minutes. In the meantime, prepare the pizza filling by slicing a large yellow onion. Then lightly fry it till fragrant. Scoop about 4 tablespoon of chillie sauce and 1 tablespoon of tomato sauce and fry together with the onions. Put in a teaspoon of oregano leaves, pepper and salt to taste and lastly your minced veges from your juice. Mix well until it looks like a thick tomato paste.

Take the dough and knead it well. Roll it thinly and stretch it evenly onto your pizza pan. ( I just used my tudung periuk, not the ones yang pandai menari lagu putera mahkota, though.) Spread the vege paste onto our pizza base before the generous amount of the other cooked ingredients like sausages or chicken and beef strips. For a little bit of sweetness you can go Hawaiian by adding pineapples. Then comes the cheese, put as much or as little as you want and sprinkle a little bit of chilli flakes before baking.

Not baked yet.


ready to be enjoyed.



The first thing my son said after his first bite was "...sedapnya Ma! first time mama buat tak der sayur2 yg Anin nak kena kluarkan."

keh keh keh ...and so he thought.

11 treats:

Nissy Popsy said...

piza looks sooo yummmy.... hehehe.. puas hati buat sndri kan sbb u can put watever ingredients u want n as many cheese as u like!!!!

I did my 1st tiramisu today!! kekhehe...

jasmin said...

Keh Keh Keh.... I hope ur boy is not reading this post. Pizza+sayur magic...

Selamat berpuasa to u & family Wiz....

Zatil said...

wow kak wiz..that was just brilliant! Veges puree onto pizza!!! I bet all kids have this weird perception towards veges..thx for sharing ur valuable infos kak!

ummisara said...

wiz,

i amik yer resepi pizza base u tuh...nak cuba..

thanks :) muah muah

KG said...

so gonna do this pizza base...you make things simple i like!

Wiz said...

Nissa- I am sure you will be making and trying lots and lots of recipes over there. Somehow being overseas makes anyone extra rajin. Tiramisu? wow untung si jojo tu.

Jasmin- My son knows already but sebab dia dah rasa and the taste is sedap to him so dia makan jugak, lagi2 sebab tak boleh nak bwk keluar sayur2 tu semua kan hahaha dah melekat kat pizza base dia. Selamat berpuasa to you and family too!

Zatil- It works for them and I like it sebab tak yah nak paksa2 masa time makan and tak yah nak merajuk2 and best of all no wastage whatsoever. I mix my veges in curries and it thickens beautifully and also in my sambal. Actually the veges tu are like taste enhancer, try la. If my fussy kids can eat it I am sure all the other kids can too. Thanks for dropping by Zatil!

Wiz said...

edelweiss- Awak dah ada blog makan sekarang, mesti cuba. I love the pizza base sebab after two days pun the dough tu lembut lagi, that is if you can keep your pizza after two days la kan hehehe.

Yanie- It's the same base I brought to your house aritu. Did you get to heat it up and eat, lembut lagi tak after being frozen? Yes, I try my hardest to make things easy, sebab saya bukan seorang yg rajin macam awak. Bill gates would hire me and approach me to do the most difficult job as he knows I would find the easy way out to it hehehe.

fairuzniza said...

salam.kak wiz,it has been a while since I drop u a comment I guess. :) ur entry lately has inspired me to love veges! :) oh,I'm on herbalife now and i can understand why u said it's too expensive to be sharing it with ur children.I guess vege is on my list now after I finish my herbalife. Way to go Kak Wiz! :) and pls share more and more of your secret vege recipe! :)

Wiz said...

Fairuzniza- Thanks for dropping by and writing to me. Yes herbalife is too expensive for me and if I were to buy it I would not want to share with my kids! Juicing to me makes veges more acceptable for my hsbd and kids. We drink the juice and later add the leftovers to other food without them realizing it. So it is a win win situation. Hope there will be more recipes to share later with the readers.

ainul farakhana said...

k wiz, thanks for sharing the pizza recipe, and how to juice!
have to admit, i am not a cook, but will try to do the pizza and the juices.. utk anak2 sihat :)

~Na

Wiz said...

Ainul- You do not need be a cook to do the the pizza. I always take the easiest way out but at the same time make sure the things I cook is first and foremost healthiest. So whatever recipes I feature in my blog mustg be easy, fool proof and healthy! give it a try. You will love it for the taste and nutritional values in it. Selamat Hari Raya!