Friday, March 4, 2011

Recipe: Potato pizza - pure and simple!

(Minimalist but delicious potato pizza!)

Pizza without tomato? Pizza without cheese? Pizza with potato as sole topping?

Jules Clancy from minimalist cooking blog stonesoup says: "Less is more" applies to pizza, too!

I love the simplicity of Jules' approach to cooking and I just had to try her recipe for the "ultra minimalist pizza" with potato and rosemary ...

To be honest, I didn't actually try her recipe but I *did* use it as an inspiration because

a) I needed a pizza dough low in histamine – so: no yeast

b) I didn't have any rosemary in the house (I used thyme instead)

You can follow Jules' instructions for home made pizza with potato and rosemary here – and this is my alternative pizza dough recipe:

Pizza dough (makes one large pizza)


- 400 g flour (I used wholemeal spelt flour)
- 260 ml milk (I used rice milk)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 teaspoons baking powder


1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2) Mix flour, salt and baking powder.
3) Gently stir in olive oil and milk.
4) Knead dough, it's best to use your handmixer first, then your hands – you might need to add a little more flour, depending on the kind of flour you used.
5) Roll your dough out on a floured surface – you could also divide it up into 2 parts and make 2 medium-sized round pizzas
6) Add your topping(s) and bake for about 20 minutes. (Option 2: Preheat oven to 450 degrees F and bake about 10 minutes. I'm not sure this would work for the potato topping though ... depends on whether you like your potatos soft or more "al dente". ;)

Enjoy! :)

I used a little olive oil and some spices to mix with my potatos before I put them on the pizza and I added a little bit of parmesan, too.

Result? - I liked my version of the "potato pizza" (and my family did, too) but I think it would be even better with the pizza dough Jules uses because this one is a little thinner which might bring out the flavor of the potatos more.

This recipe should be fairly low in histamine, so if you're on a histamine-restricted diet, you might consider trying this and/or modifying it to suit your needs.

However, histamine intolerance is a pretty individual thing, so if you're suffering from this condition, please judge for yourself before you try this out. And let us know how you liked it - feedback is more than welcome! :)
(When it comes to histamine-restricted cooking, I'm a beginner myself, so I'd love to hear about any tips you might have.)

Of course, you could make this pizza completely vegan, too, if you like – just leave out the cheese!

P.S.: Jules Clancy (she's a qualified Food Scientist) has some great resources on her website - make sure you check out her free ebook: "5 ingredients simple baking". The ebook is free but just as good as any cookbook you might buy in a bookstore: beautiful photos, delicious recipes, great variety (ice-cream, cake, cookies, dessert, etc.) There's a wonderfully easy brownie recipe I definitely want to try out soon, a very original idea for a quick dessert if you have guests and the "chocolate tim tam hedgehog" recipe on page 36 makes a great christmas gift - my recipients loved it! :)

Also, you might want to have a look at Jules' "Virtual Cookery School" - I just love the idea of virtual cooking courses!

(For the alternative pizza dough recipe: thanks to and inspired by

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Try some simple change today: The Elvis method

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Why the way you begin any task makes such a crucial difference!

The way you begin anything you do sets the tone and quality for the whole undertaking.

Elvis Presley knew this: Before every performance he did his famous "1,000-yard-walk". Yes, he walked exactly 1,000 yards from his trailer to the arena. And while walking, he transformed himself into a positive, powerful and charismatic performer.

How he did this? - Very simple: He started exactly from where he was. Maybe tired, maybe low in energy or mood. But with every step he took, he "infused" himself with energy, power and enthusiasm. He took responsibility for his action and attitude – he didn't wait for his manager or fans to "get him in the mood".

Do you have a ritual with which to begin an important (or even less important) task? Maybe you should try one, just like Elvis did. Do what feels good to you and what could help you transform a low-energy-state into a more powerful, positive attitude.

Pre-action rituals
could be:
  • taking a short walk

  • doing some yoga postures

  • doing a relaxation exercise

  • listening to soothing (or stimulating!) music

  • speaking a prayer

  • spending a few moments in meditation

  • taking a cool shower

  • taking a few deep breaths

  • adjusting your posture

  • smiling to yourself in the mirror

  • asking yourself: "What is really important for me here? What would I like to achieve?"

P.S.: If you are a believer in the law of attraction, you know that just setting a clear intention and determining how you would like your project to proceed can make all the difference when it comes to successful manifesting!

If you'd like to know more about the topic of "setting intentions": Law of Attraction coach Jeannette Maw explains it beautifully in this article!

Maybe you'd like to try this simple change today and see how it goes – I'd love to hear about your experiences! :)

Note: Want to read Elvis' story for yourself? You can find it in the book "The 15 Second Principle" by Al Secunda.