One time when I had some friends over for dinner, one of them suddenly asked, "Michael, have you ever had fast food or ordered a take-out?". Well, of course I had both fast food and take-out before, but I love cooking, so it's very, very rare. Even after a long day, I still prefer home-cooked meals or eat out at nice place. I'm not into fast food, but what I like is good food... fast. Nothing complicated, mostly pasta dishes, like linguine with pancetta, garlic, parsley and freshly grated parmesan, but when I'm really tired, I make spaghetti with pesto from a jar or spaghetti with Marmite, anyone? It's dangerously addictive and delicious.
Not a long time ago, I was asked to review Domino's newly launched Reggae Reggae pizza, and I thought, well, pizza is one of my favourite foods, and it's been a while since I had pizza from a joint place, what the heck, I'll give it a go. It's a Caribbean inspired pizza with BBQ Reggae Reggae sauce on the base and topped with roast chicken, green peppers, tomatoes, pineapple and mozzarella cheese. Sounds alright. So, last weekend, I ordered the pizza online (it amazes me what you can do on-line today) and the delivery guy arrived bang on time which was even more amazing. First bite of the pizza, my friend and I were not a fan. The pizza was dry and just lacked of flavours. Perhaps, I am spoilt. I have had some great pizza at restaurants and regular pizza just won't do.
Feeling disappointed, today I decided it's about time for a home made pizza... dough and all. Making pizza dough is surprisingly easy and I thoroughly enjoy the process. Russell from Chasing Delicious is a pizza fanatic and he makes some fantastic pizza and I recommend his pizza dough recipe.
Once the dough is formed, the possibilities for toppings are endless. Today, I topped my pizza with all of my favourite flavours. I brushed the pizza base with extra virgin olive oil before a generous scatter of mozzarella cheese (my preference is fontina or provolone, but the store didn't have it today... typical.), caramelised red onions, roasted fennel, green olives, artichoke hearts and cubes of pancetta.
Bake in a hot oven for 20-25 minutes and it's done. A tiny sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper and fresh oregano leaves, and now that's a pizza! What are your favourite pizza toppings?