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Thursday, 14 January 2016

FOOD | Olive it! Recipe Challenge

Recently, the lovely team at Olive it! got in touch to ask me if I'd like to partake in their bloggers recipe challenge and my heart barely skipped a beat before I said yes!

The general gist of it was this. Us bloggers would receive a luxury Spanish hamper complete with Olive it! Spanish olives and a few other Spanish themed food/goodies. Our challenge was to create a recipe central to or using the olives and the winner will receive a meal for two at Jose Pizarro's London restaurant and a hotel stay nearby worth over £200 - wow!

So my delicious food arrived (unfortunately some of it I've had to put back as I can't eat it just yet being vegan) and got down to it.

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Now. I'm under now qualms whatsoever about winning because there's no way in hell I'm going to win. I'm not a good cook at the best of times, let alone for a competition. But the point is, I tried. And it was fun! It was a challenge and it was fun creating something to do with olives, which I love. They're a food that I never used to like but love now (just like mushrooms!).

So, the plan was to make a friendly vegan pizza. Only it didn't turn out that way. I chose pizza because that's the one thing I've been really craving since going Vegan and I really dig the super healthy Pizza Express pizzas - the thin base, all the salad on top etc. So I used the recipe for the base from Olives For Dinner and decided to just go with it for the toppings, using what I had in the cupboards and of course using the Olive It! olives. I also tried my hand at her caramelised onions - yummy.

So here was my list of ingredients.

FOR THE BASE
- Flour
- Water
- Dried Mixed Herbs
- Olive Oil

TOPPINGS
- Olive It! Black Pitted Spanish Olives
- Sundried Tomatoes
- Onions & Shallots
- Cheese (Vegan friendly, of course)
- Kale
- Algave syrup (which was just for the onions)

The base was easy to mix - I simply threw it all together, gave it a whisk and waited for a large flat plan to heat up in my pre-heated oven.

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Whilst that was happening, I fried the onions using butter and eventually adding a splash or two of algave syrup. I continually mixed these so they didn't burn and once I felt they were ready, I took them off the heat and added the base mix into the pan in the oven. The recipe for the base told me it should only take ten or so minutes to do so I grated the cheese and quickly chopped the olives ready and, once the base looked crispy, lowered the heat. I quickly fried a little bit of kale - just for a minute or two, so it wasn't so crispy - and removed the base from the oven, threw everything on top and popped it back in the oven for a further few minutes to melt the cheese.

But the thing is, I'm not very good at making, er, pizza bases. So although it ended up super thin like hers, it was kind of just...a mess. It looked all nice and tasty in the pan, but as I transferred it from the pan to the plate, it kind of got a hole in it and just collapsed.

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Btw, if you don't have me on snapchat yet, you should totally add me just to laugh at my cooking disasters like the one above...

So I decided I wasn't making a pizza. No. I've just invented the pizza pancake!

Now hear me out - everyone loves pancakes for breakfast. And who hasn't had pizza for breakfast before? Don't lie, we've all done it...

With the caramelised onions that were super sweet and the thin but still slightly doughy base, it actually worked quite well. The mixture of kale, olives, cheese and sundried tomatoes worked well as super healthy toppings too so I think for those of you who prefer an unconventional breakfast, this ones for you.

It also works well as a late breakfast, especially on a weekend after a lie in.

In the end, as bad as it looked, it was actually really tasty. The toppings worked so well together and were healthy whilst regaining a strong taste. It's just a shame the base didn't work out and that my pizza ended up being a pizza pancake!

Still, it has taught me to persevere because although some (well one) part of this meal didn't work so well, the others did. I'll be attempting a pizza base again perhaps tomorrow or at the weekend, but for the meantime I think I'll be doing this again one weekend as a late breakfast before.

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What do you think? Total disaster or bad-recipe-turned-amazing? Let me know with a comment!

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