31 August, 2014

Mission Samsung Challenge Week 1: ‘Weekend Night Feast Challenge’

The first Mission Samsung challenge was to test out the Smart Oven's Dough Proof function and create a gourmet pizza. The dough proof function is part of the auto fermentation programme that is used to rise yeast dough or make homemade yoghurt.

I used my favourite thin crust pizza recipe. After mixing and kneading the dough, I only had to select the dough proof function and the type of dough I was using and press start. The Smart Oven did the rest. The dough was ready in 40 minutes. The Smart Oven's Crusty Plate ensured that the pizza turned out perfectly crispy using the convection oven function.

I didn't want to use a vegan cheese substitute, so I came up with ideas for pizzas that don't need cheese. Once I started thinking of the possibilities, I couldn't stop and created three different pizzas.

Pizza no.1: Basil pesto pizza

This was the most traditional of the three pizzas. Basil pesto is one of my favourite foods and it was perfect as an alternative to tomato sauce and cheese. I added a teaspoon of olive oil to the dough.

  • Basil pesto (recipe below)
  • Tomato
  • Olives
  • Chargrilled, marinated artichokes
Basil pesto

This recipe will make more than you need for the pizza.

Blend together the following ingredients:
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Pizza no.2: Thai pizza

We love Thai food and this is just one more way for us to enjoy those flavours. I made a simple peanut sauce for the base and topped it with crunchy vegetables.

  • Peanut sauce (recipe below)
  • Red chillies
  • Red pepper
  • Pineapple
Add after baking:
  • Carrots
  • Spring onions (only the green tops)
  • Mung bean sprouts
  • Fresh coriander (cilantro)
Peanut sauce

Mix together the following ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon palm sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon hot water

Pizza no.3: Dessert pizza

I was wondering what to serve for dessert and decided to stick to the challenge and create a sweet pizza. I used the basic pizza dough recipe and added raw cacao powder and virgin coconut oil. I didn't add any sugar because it would feed the yeast and make the dough rise more. The recipe makes enough for two pizzas, so you can freeze the rest.

  1. Prepare pizza dough with two tablespoons raw cacao powder and one teaspoon of virgin coconut oil.
  2. After rising, roll out the base, brush with more coconut oil and bake until crispy.
  3. Melt 50g vegan dark chocolate and spread over the cooled base. This will prevent the base becoming soggy when you add the other toppings.
  4. Add your favourite toppings.
My toppings:
  • Whipped coconut cream (recipe below)
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Toasted slivered almonds
Whipped coconut cream
  • 1 can coconut cream
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar (powdered sugar)
Scoop the coconut cream from the top of the can and place in a bowl. Add icing sugar and whip with electric beater until stiff.

If you're curious about what the other finalists made, you can check out their Twitter profiles here.

I'm loving having the Samsung Smart Oven around and use it more than our regular oven at the moment. It's perfect when cooking for two and can do everything from defrosting to grilling. I even used it to melt the chocolate and roast the almonds for the dessert pizza. It will be very difficult to return.

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28 August, 2014

Quick snack idea: Thai roasted cashews

I was inspired by the herbed roasted cashew recipe I tried last year to make thai flavoured cashews. I used homemade thai curry paste, but you can use your favourite. Just add a few spoonfuls to the cashews and add some oil if needed to coat the cashews evenly. Then bake them at 180°C for 20 minutes.

These are delicious on their own or added to salads.

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25 August, 2014

Samsung Blogger Challenge

Last week I told you some exciting things were happening and this is one of them. I'm a finalist in the 3rd Samsung Blogger Challenge. For each challenge 10 finalists will receive a Samsung device to review. We will be given 3 challenges over 3 weeks. At the end the winner will receive the Samsung product specific to the challenge they participated in. At the end of the year the winners from all the challenges will compete in the Grand Finale.

The 3rd Challenge was open to food and lifestyle bloggers and is all about the Samsung Smart Microwave Oven. It's so much more than just a microwave, it's also a convection oven and has many interesting features, such as the Slim Fry and Auto Fermentation features. I'm very excited to try all the settings. We received the first challenge today so you can expect my first post later this week.

You can read more about the challenge here and check out the other finalists on Twitter here. You can follow the action by searching #missionsamsung on Twitter.

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22 August, 2014

Diva Desle giveaway prize

Just a quick post to show you the awesome prize I won in a Diva Desle giveaway. I found out I was the winner right after coming out of my wisdom teeth surgery and it was a great pick-me-up. She included so many extras that I wasn't expecting in the package.

Thank you again Desle, it's been fun trying all the new products.

PS. So many exciting things are happening next week, but I'm going to wait until everything is finalised to share it with you guys.

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My name is Natasha. I live in a beautiful coastal town in South African with my little human/dog family. I love cooking and share new recipes I've tried here. Sometimes I even create my own recipes. I spend way too much time on Pinterest and blogs, but I'd like to be a neat, productive person one day. We're also starting a new business. You can read more about that at terrapinandtoad.com

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