Pizza Mia

Organica inspired me to post this picture of my own home-made pizza, which I eat on average twice a week. It might not meet everyone’s idea of home-made since I didn’t make the dough or the tomato topping, much less the mozzarella, myself, but it was me who put it together.

This time, it was a vegetarian one. (I sometimes add fish, usually tuna or anchovies.) Two medium-sized closed-cup mushrooms, 3 baby bell peppers (two orange and one red; it came in a bag of five and I used the other two last Saturday evening), and one clove of garlic. Plus half a jar of Sainsbury’s pizza topping, one ball of mozzarella and one pizza base; these came from Sainsbury’s as well, the bases coming in a foil packet of two. I prefer those because they are a little bit smaller than their fresh bases, and so you don’t have to spread the topping quite so thinly.

I put the tomato topping on the base, chop up my vegetables (I sometimes use olives and sometimes courgette/zucchini or even aubergine/eggplant rather than peppers, or sometimes as well as; you can get baby courgettes or you can get an ordinary one and cut about a third off it) and put the garlic and some of the vegetables on the topping. Then I get the ball of mozzarella, cut it into slices and then place them on top of the pizza so that it’s spread more or less evenly (you can also just tear the layers off it, as it’s very stringy). Then I arrange the remainder of the vegetables nicely on the top, and put it in the oven. Bake for 30 mins at 200C (gas mark 6).

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  • Huzzah to the rise of muslim food blogging!

  • Huzzah indeed!

  • Love it!

  • Not for those who want to lose weight! Hmm, as if I am even bothering to ‘diet’… I had pizza last night. It was free though - a gift from the ISoc to its members - so I am sure it had fewer calories in it. Ahem.

  • iMuslim - eat food, not too much, mostly plants. Gotta love Michael Pollan. Eat your pizza (and other delicious, but fatty/caloric foods), but not a lot :) Works for me!

  • Where’s my comment?

  • Sorry sister, it got mixed up in the spam. I wonder if there’s an option in the anti-spam plugin not to spam a comment which has a link to a site linked in the original article? If not, there should be.

  • LeedsLad

    I assume doughs from places such as Asda are made of plain flour than the nice playful and chewy semolina. Do those ready made bases allow you to press down or even stretch the dough?

  • LeedsLad: I tend to be choosy about which bases I buy. If they feel flat in the packet, they’re OK; otherwise, the topping is likely to roll off while cooking, taking the vegetables and cheese with it. If I don’t find any flat-ish bases, I go for the fresh ones in the clingfilm packages from the fridge, which are a bit bigger (which I don’t prefer for reasons already stated) and cheaper anyway.

  • Organica

    Do you put sweet corn on your pizza? Apparently Zabeen and family have that weird practice :P

  • Organic baby spinach is good on pizza.

  • wayayeman

    nice article but sainsburys ??

    support the boycott bro !!

  • I really liked this one, Yusuf…a big departure from you typical posts. Much more personable. I’ll give it a HUZZAH as well.

    And if Muslims can come together over at least one issue, it’s ALWAYS food. Especially pizza!

  • grrr…”from YOUR typical posts”….always submitting my comments too fast.

  • Tehmina Kazi

    Fantastic! I also love to make my own pizza and put sundried tomatoes on top (after it has come out of the oven that is, otherwise they burn horribly).