The time to buy figs is now. With the season in full flow – but nearing its end – a glut of both foreign and local fresh figs has gripped the nation. Get them now, while they’re still cheap and try your hand at my quick and easy recipe for Individual Fig and Goats Cheese Pizzas; one of my favourite recipes for fresh figs. With sweet and savoury aspects equally prevalent, these pizzas make for intriguing little starters that – provided you have dough to hand.
Good quality, flavoursome ingredients are always better cooked simply. What’s the point in drowning the delicate, unmistakable flavour of asparagus in a rich sauce or heavy dressing? Instead, enjoy such wonderful produce cooked in butter, or as the main event on top of an Asparagus and Mozzarella Pizza.
A sort of Middle Eastern “pizza”, Lahmacun is essentially a thin flatbread topped with ground or minced meat (usually lamb) mixed with herbs, onion, garlic and sumac. If you thought pizza was easy, Lahmacun will blow you away with its simplicity. With some dough already to hand you could easily produce 4-5 of these – enough for a family – in half an hour.
Bread, when made at home, can be one of the most frugal foods out there and what a lot of people don’t seem to realise is that includes pizza. So, when you’re spending £5-6 on a “top-notch” pizza from a supermarket you’re spending far more than necessary. Even pre-made pizza bases are extortionately priced – particularly since they tend to be insipid, uninspiring imitations of what is, in reality, a very basic product. The best approach to take is to make a large amount of dough in advance, portion it out and freeze it for later use.
Calzoni are essentially turnover pizzas frequently produced because of their portability. Like pasties, they make a perfect lunch time feast as they are easy to enjoy on the go without risk of unsolicited spillage. However, though the inherent cleanliness of calzoni is beyond question, it is not their most arresting feature. As you’re likely aware, surprises often produce some of the most exciting and pleasant occurrences in one’s life. Breaking into the soft, golden shell of a calzone is one such event and witnessing the ingredients ooze from their man-made cocoon is, in all instances, more gripping that merely having a flat, though admittedly delicious, pizza thrust under your pecker.
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