Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Purple Pizza

We spent most of Hurricane Sunday indoors, cleaning, reading (I'm reading E and Z book 2 of Harry Potter, and they wanted to finish so we could watch the movie), watching movies (yes, Harry Potter #2, though we didn't finish the book first), with a few forays out into the wild, whipping wind in between downpours. We headed out into our neighbor's field as what we reverently referred to as "The Eye" passed over us and practiced launching hard green apples with the wind's help and ran up and down hills and set leaves flying. We were quite fortunate to be well away from the destructive arm of the storm, and didn't even need to fear losing power, with our solar energy stored cozily in batteries (though the next morning we learned that most around us--including our daycare--had lost theirs and still didn't have it back).

A day of such excitement requires some sort of celebratory that can be made from the dwindling stores of a refrigerator owned by those who spend the day before a storm at the beach, rather than in the grocery store stocking up on water, batteries and canned goods.

And so we have, Purple Pizza.

Sorry for the poor light, but there was a hurricane going on.

To make:


1 c warm water
1 t honey
1 T yeast

Let sit till foamy (about 5 min.), then add:

1/2 c oatmeal (ground to a meal in blender)
1/2 c whole wheat flour
1 t salt
1 T olive oil
1 1/2  to 2 c all purpose flour

Knead till smooth and elastic. Place in oiled bowl, cover and let rise until doubled (about 1 hour).

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Punch down dough, roll into a circle and place on pizza stone or pan (sprinkled liberally with cornmeal).

Prepare blueberry pesto:

Combine in blender or food processor:

2 c blueberries
1 c herbs (I used basil and parsley)
4 cloves garlic
1/2 c Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese
1/4 c olive oil
1 c toasted nuts or seeds (I used sunflower seeds)

Whir until if forms a thick paste.

Spread pesto evenly over crust.

Dollop with goat cheese.

Bake about 20 min or until cheese begins to turn golden.



  1. 1) that looks lusciously good.
    2) what a sweet birthday camping trip! The embroidery is fantastic.
    3) peach recipes: sometimes I make "peach butter" which requires a long simmer to evaporate much of the moisture, (no pectin) and very little sugar.
    4) yay for local Maine produce!

  2. I have 1 question. Did your kids eat this?
    It looks awesome to me, but I think everyone else in my household would balk at blueberry pesto. Who knows though?


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