|Isn't that a happy and comforting sight? Mans|
For me, pizza should be a simple no-nonsense affair; as soon as it gets complicated you have lost the plot. It’s a true case of, ‘less is more’. Too many goodies will make the base floppy and it’s all about the base… isn’t it?
|A quick scrounge around for some toppings Mans|
|A few unexpected field mushrooms Mans|
I haven’t always felt this way though. When I was a student my friend Robin and I worked as waiters at a pizza restaurant, at the end of a shift we were allowed to take a pizza home with us. We would pile loads of everything on and then smother it with a mountain of cheese. Back then it was all about quantity and making the most of a free meal to fuel our naughty and uncontainable energy. A big soggy mess was preferred over a minimalist crispy delight.
With age has come some refinement, even if only in the pizza department.
|'Bokoms' (salted and dried fish) marinaded in lemon and olive oil in place of anchovies Mans|
A perfect pizza according to The Urban Hunter Gatherer must have…
a blistered and crispy base.
only a few added ingredients.
a restrained amount of cheese and tomato sauce.
a spot or two that has been burnt black.
certain goodies only added after it has come out of the oven; e.g. avo, rocket.
Added note – It should be compulsory to eat it with your hands, unless you are young and uncouth and prefer that soggy-cheesy mess, only then is a knife and fork is acceptable. Chopped garlic and chilly on the side is a happy thing.
|I love kneading dough Mans|
|This exhibitionist manoeuvre achieved nothing other than creating a hole or two in the base; it was worth it Mans|
|Feta and foraged spinach Mans|
|Foraged olives, nasturtium 'capers' and bokoms. A Cape rendition of a 'Napoletana' Mans|
|Blistered and buckled, just the way I like it Mans|
|For me, next day pizza is best out the box or heated in the toaster, NOT microwaved UHG|
What do you think????