Harvest Vegetable Pizza with Garlic Aioli Sauce, the colors of Fall, flavors of beautifully locally grown veggies and a huge heart to create the most wonderful pizza that you have ever tried. If veggies are not your thing, try this pizza. We may have the pizza that will take you on the other side of the fence and into the garden!
Song of the day: "Locomotive" by Big Wreck.
Harvest Vegetable Pizza with Garlic Aioli Sauce, takes sweet colorful cherry tomatoes, kale, zucchini, summer zucchini squash, and onions, with a base of garlic aioli and a superb homemade crust. There you have it, a winner of a pizza perfect to highlight the Fall harvest season. Plus, it tastes great! I know because I ate four pieces to be exact, and could have eaten the whole thing. A good note, sharing helps keep the weight off, lol!
Reflections of a food blogger.............
I wanted to share a little with you my thoughts as of late. Those of you who do the food blog thing know how much work it is. It is easy to get frustrated and lose that creative drive. This was me before our trip to Italy. Burnt out, emotionally drained and creativity almost nil, a sure sign of fatigue. Yes, time to get away and recharge those batteries.
People always ask me how was your trip? Well, 15 pounds lighter and signs of a good tan due to abundant vitamin D and E. Eyes bright and full of inspiration, my only response is always great! What's not to love, beautiful historic sights, amazing weather and most of all, lots of fresh food. Just what the doctor ordered. Four weeks of plenty of rest due to siestas almost every day, and a week on the west coast of Sardegna, hence beach life, always a good look for me!
It's almost Fall and harvest is in!
Now back to life in Canada with plenty of inspiration and batteries at full charge! Let's get cooking! Today is Harvest Vegetable Pizza with Garlic Aioli!
I have to say feeling pretty lucky having been in Italy and being able to go into our family garden there and pick delicious produce, however, I also feel pretty fortunate here because we have a lot of amazing organic growers that have become our friends. One, in particular, Graham from Sparrow's Nest. This farm is certified organic meaning Graham relies on the earth of his farm and our very unpredictable weather.
It has been a really wet summer causing some issues for farming, however, Graham has a huge heart and plenty of passion for what he grows, hence a plethora of vegetables for this Harvest Vegetable Pizza with Garlic Aioli. Cherry tomatoes, baby zucchini, summer squash zucchini, onions, kale, and of course garlic.
Thanks, Graham for being who you are, doing what you do and your produce is out of this world delicious!
It's all about the crust
Again, gratitude comes in. Nicoletta is amazing at making pizza dough. She can do it blindfolded. Her drive to achieve is immense and as a result, the most amazing crust I have ever tasted. It's light, has this rich flavor and I love stretching it because I can feel all that foodie love she put in it and because it feels so good. Funny thing about dough and how it makes you feel, whole that is! I can start a new spiritual practice called dough meditation with guest presenter Nicoletta, lol.
Nevertheless, time to get this pizza pie together.
How about the sauce
Looking at all these wonderful veggies I didn't want to go with a tomato sauce. The flavors of the tomatoes and sauteed kale, onions, garlic, and zucchini are enough to wow the taste buds. I need something subtle and smooth, and the light bulb goes off "Aioli". There you have it!
Art is in the eyes of the beholder
Art is a funny thing. It is vast in its definition and who's to say what art really is. Well, today I am feeling that this pizza is a work of art. It has a wonderful pallet of color. Composition is balanced and enticing. and that light feathery placement of the Swiss Gruyère tops it off nicely creating dimension. It looks so delicious and scrumptious, into the oven you go because I am super hungry now!
Since being back, our kitchen is under renovation. Change is good, it helps freshen things, gives new light and energy. Nicoletta has been reveling in her new oven baking up a storm and neighbors are quite happy, I believe, because Nicoletta has been delivering packages! One thing I can say is, the smaller oven is perfect for pizza. It cooks evenly and fast.
I am so grateful for this appliance, a dream come true, and as you can see in the pictures above and below, the pizza looks super delicious, and sorry I have to taste it!
Pizza glorious pizza
As you can see, well, hand only, Nicoletta beat me to the punch. She gets the first piece and I am in for a close second. I bite in................
The crispness of the crust is fantastic. The flavor of golden dough, nutty, buttery, and so light. The tomatoes are oozing in my mouth so sweet and juicy and the kale with smidgens of crispy edges and so rich in that mysterious flavor pairs well with the subtleness of the zucchini and that melted Gruyère.
I love how that Aoili just waltzes in offering a nice slight garlic note and creamy richness. A perfect compliment to both the crust and toppings. This pizza I am very proud of and the fact that Nicoletta and I made it together makes it that much better.
This post is all about gratitude and fortitude. Listening to your inner self and respecting yourself in a wholeness sort of way is important. Take time for yourself, enjoy what life has to offer because we all deserve wonderful things. Come together in the kitchen and share in preparing loving foods and in effect we create -I believe- a butterfly effect that could somehow balance some of the more undesirable things! Most of all, have fun, it is the best prescription for life.
I hope you try this pizza, I am sure you will love it because we made it with lots of love!