Although I’m not a member of the LGBT community, I believe in equal rights, and so, hearing that 61.6% of Australians had voted “YES” in the recent postal vote (legalising gay marriage) was overwhelmingly exciting.
Naturally, I decided to draw inspiration from the rainbow flag, which represents the LGBT movement, and make rainbow pizza and pancakes to celebrate.
If you want to make eye-catching rainbow meals, read on.
Rainbow Pancakes (makes 15)
We’ll start with the pancakes – since they are the simplest, and because everyone wishes dessert would come first. These are the perfect breakfast or lunch (or dinner?) recipe.
You will need food dye, pancake mix, vanilla essence, fruit (to garnish) and butter for greasing.
Start by working off the pancakes you’re about to eat, and shake the pancake mix like crazy as per its instructions.
Once it’s ready, add 1 tsp of vanilla essence to the mixture (gives it a delightfully sweet tang) and pour 65g of the mixture into 6 different bowls. Add the food dye as follows:
Red – 8 drops red dye
Orange – 2 drops red, 4 yellow
Yellow – 5 drops yellow
Green – 5 drops green
Blue – 5 drops blue
Purple – 3 drops red, 1 blue
Then cook the pancakes over a medium heat in a frying pan. Tip: make sure you add butter to pan between each pancake so they don’t stick and burn (and earn a lovely, buttery aftertaste). You can also use coconut oil as a non-dairy alternative.
Voila! Garnish with berries.
Rainbow Pizza (makes 8 pieces)
I like it simple so I decided to go with store bought pizza bases. If you can get them I recommend Bazaar Gourmet Pizza bases. You could also use a Cauliflower Crust, if you are looking for a lower calorie alternative.
You will need:
- 1 Pizza Base
- Tomato Paste
- Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (you can use light mozzarella if you want something healthier)
- Colourful Veggies, my suggestions:
- Red – Red Pepper (Capsicum) & Red cherry tomatoes
- Orange – Carrot
- Yellow – Yellow cherry tomatoes, Sweet corn
- Green – Broccolini, Snow peas
- Purple – Red onion, Cabbage (I didn’t end up using the cabbage)
After heating the oven to 220˚C, smear the base with tomato paste and sprinkle the cheese on top. Note: this is different to normal pizza recipes. The cheese needs to be put on first so the veggies stick but you can still see their beautiful colours.
Then, chop up all the veggies and place them on the pizza in a rainbow fashion.
Cook for 10 minutes and your pizza is ready!
These recipes were so tasty, and incredibly fun to make. Let me know if you try it out, or have any other rainbow recipes 🙂