Showing posts with label Pizza. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pizza. Show all posts

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Banana Caramel and Chocolate Dessert Pizza

The Italian Restaurant Zizzi recently set me a challenge to create a dessert pizza or any savoury dish that could be turned sweet.  I first came up with a possible of a Cinnamon and Caramelised Apple Lasagne but sadly although it tasted okay it wasn't somehow quite right and certainly didn't work photography wise.
I'm not one to give up easily and although I had to let it go this time, I'll work on it!


 If you'd like have a go at making my easy to make Banana, Caramel and Chocolate Pizza you can find the recipe here.

After an amazing meal at Zizzi and feeling inspired by the new addition to their new dessert menu - 'Strawberry and Chocolate Pizza' I took on Zizzi's challenge and made my own dessert pizza.  Banana and Caramel Drizzled with Dark Chocolate.  I was really pleased with the result especially because I very rarely make dessert and never know where to begin.  I must say that trying their new dessert really did inspire me to get thinking and have a go.  Hopefully after reading this post then you also might want to have a go yourself.

Here are a few snapshots of our visit to a Zizzi restaurant and more about their 
Strawberry and Chocolate Pizza: 
While we were in the restaurant, part of the challenge was to Tweet/ Instagram using #SweetPizza - it was so funny. We'd purposely gone to the restaurant earlier in the evening than we'd usually go since people would be wondering what an earth we were doing!

Please excuse my poor photographs as you will appreciate I couldn't take my proper camera and as you would expect restaurants just aren't set up with the correct lighting for food photography.

Since we were sitting directly in front of the chef I just had to ask if I could take his picture - it's okay he knew it would end up in this blog post and thought it was cool!


Our starter dishes arrived, we ordered different dishes so we could share and we absolutely loved this one - Fonduta Formaggi a pot of melted cheese, gorgonzola, gruyère and pecorino with baked dough sticks and focaccia bread for dipping.

To the side of the picture you can just see part of the other dish we had ordered, Arancini - Risotto balls with mozzarella, peas and a breadcrumb coating. There are three risotto balls and they're served with a chunky tomato peperonata dip. Warning - they are very moreish!
 

Now for the main course - Oh my word just look at the size the pizza Paul chose!
The Rustica Sofia pizza had lots of lovely spicy chicken, pepperoni, spicy sausage and mozzarella along with chilli and rosemary.  Yep he managed to eat the whole thing!  I was allowed a tiny bit to try it and we both really liked it.


 Here I am not quite knowing where to begin as the Spiedini Pollo (Roast chicken breast with red onions, courgettes and peppers) was as you can see, also huge.  It came with a side of Tuscan potatoes with a white wine and lemon sauce.  It was too nice and it had to be eaten!  The chicken was lovely and tender and the potatoes and sauce were a treat to eat.  But I was getting concerned by now, as we'd already eaten loads and still had to try the Strawberry and Chocolate pizza!


Now I must tell you about this dessert Pizza - Melting Marshmallows and Fresh Strawberries drizzled with Warm Chocolate and Hazelnut sauce - what's not to like?


Yes this is something that has to be ordered.  I must admit even though I'm not a fan of sweet things, this pizza wasn't too sweet at all and the base thin, crispy and light.  The strawberries work really well and take away the much of the sweetness so it isn't overly so and we both thought it was just perfect.

My one recommendation is that after eating a huge meal at Zizzi you seriously only need one of these pizzas to share between two people.  But us greedy pair just had to order the Chocolate and Banana Calzone as well as the pizza which you just see in the background of my picture.  Yes that was also seriously good although it was of course a lot sweeter than the Strawberry and Chocolate pizza which I personally preferred.  Paul however, is a huge fan of both desserts!

  Make sure you try out the ultimate sweet treat from Zizzi this summer.  You can find your local restaurant here.  If you're feeling inspired to turn more savoury things sweet, share your creations with #SweetPizza


  If you'd like more information on Zizzi pop over and visit them here.  

Disclaimer:  Many thanks to Zizzi in Shrewsbury and the fantastic meal and service from their staff.  I was set a challenge by Zizzi to create my own sweet pizza.  We were guests at Zizzi restaurant and I have been compensated for my time and the ingredients used.   All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

American Hot Pizza Pie - Jamie Oliver

Jamie's latest book titled 'Save with Jamie' is aimed at shopping smart, cooking clever and having less waste.  With 120 money saving meals there's bound to be loads you will want to make.  Covering a wide range of lovely ingredients you'll find recipes to suit every-ones taste. 

 
The TV series to accompany the book 'Jamie's Money Saving Meals' currently showing on Monday nights on Channel 4 in the UK.

I've just had a go at making the American Hot Pizza Pie and the recipe was easy to follow and since the recipe makes four good sized pizzas so you can cook one or two and freeze the others before the cooking stage.

Sunday, 26 May 2013

HomeMade Pizza Recipe - Serrano Ham and Chorizo

Pizzas are so very easy to make at home and of course the best thing is, you can add whatever combo of toppings takes your fancy.
For this pizza I used a selection of Spanish meats from the Tapas range at Marks and Spencer.  Even the pizza sauce for the base is a doddle to make.
Spanish Serrano Ham, Spicy Chorizo and Lomo, finished off with Sweet Bell Peppers, Cheese and a little sliced Red Chilli. 
You can use a ready-made Pizza base as I did.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Prosciutto and Salami Pizza Topped with Sacla' Char-Grilled Peppers

 It is seriously easy to make this plate of melty, cheesy goodness in the way of a pizza!   
Slight saltiness from the Prosciutto and a little heat from the Salami, dotted with colourful Sacla' Char-Grilled Peppers.  Add a mixture of Mozzarella and Cheddar and I think you’ll agree you have the perfect pizza.
     Of course you don’t have to use the exact toppings that I chose, just use this recipe as a suggestion and add whatever takes your fancy.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Domino's Gluten Free Pizza - Review

Domino’s the pizza delivery people have just launched a new gluten-free pizza. 
Pizza suitable for coeliacs and those who are gluten-intolerant and is accredited by Coeliac UK, the national charity for people with coeliac disease.
 Pizza Picture supplied by Domino's
Ordering:
It's good to see that Domino's gluten-free pizza is charged at the same price as its other pizzas, as some gluten-free products attract a premium elsewhere.
I was totally impressed when I phoned my order through asking for a 'Hot and Spicy' Gluten Free pizza, the person that took my order pointed out that the topping I'd chosen was not suitable for a gluten-free diet.  I assured her it didn't matter, it was okay, I was ordering it just to try the new gluten-free pizza base.  She went on to ask me twice more to make quite certain that no one that would eat the pizza was gluten-intolerant. 

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Chicken Fillets with a Pizza Style Topping

Chicken with a pizza style topping, or even no dough chicken pizza - whatever you fancy calling it!  A great fridge clear out recipe to use up the odds and ends in your fridge.
 Serve with chips for a quick and simple meal - even if all that cheese probably wont do you a bit of good - it's nice!

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Dominos Firenze New Gourmet Pizza - a Review

Not too long ago Domino's pizza introduced 'Gourmet Specials'.  With three different pizzas in the Gourmet range - which to choose?
We went for the Firenze.
         *Firenze - Ventricina Salami, Pepperoni and Peruvian Roquito Peppers.
Other pizzas in the Gourmet range are: 
*Florentine - Baby Spinach, Sun-blush Baby Plum Tomatoes and Greek Feta Cheese.

*Rustica - Chicken breast strips, naturally smoked bacon rashers, baby spinach and Sun-blush baby plum tomatoes.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Get Stuffed! with Domino's New Stuffed Crust Pizza

Domino's the pizza delivery expert have introduced a lovely optional Stuffed Crust to their medium and large pizzas.  Mozzarella cheese with a hint of garlic and herbs all crammed into Domino’s famous fresh dough. 
      With their new campaign called 'Get Stuffed' (running on TV and online) we decided to order a pizza last night to see what all the fuss is about.

Verdict!
It has to be said, the Stuffed Crust is totally yummy and delicious!
We had the 'Hot n Spicy' as it is our favorite - although we did love the 'Spanish Sizzler' and also the 'Reggae Reggae' pizza when we tried those. 

Whichever your favorite Domino's pizza topping is, the new stuffed crust has just the right amount of garlic and herbs added to the gooey cheese and wont interfere with the main taste of your chosen topping. 
 Every Domino’s Stuffed Crust is made by hand to order too for total freshness.  Something you just don't get from a ready made supermarket pizza. 

The stuffed crust is available in every UK Domino's on medium and large sized pizza's. 

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Domino's Reggae Reggae Pizza - A Review

Last night we ordered the new Reggae Reggae Pizza from Domino's the pizza delivery expert.  
Their new pizza made with Levi Roots Reggae Reggae sauce will be on general sale in all stores from Monday 11th April but you can try it now!  Just order it from Domino's Pizza UK FaceBook fan page where until Sunday, it's only £9.99 for a large one.  Just click on the Reggae Reggae link on the left side bar of their Facebook page and it will be added to your basket.
We loved the Reggae Reggae pizza and could find no faults at all in the ordering and delivery service.  The pizza itself was delish!  There was a generous amount of topping, chicken, tomatoes, green peppers and pineapple and mozzarella.  
The only really tiny fault we could find is we thought it was going to be spicier than it was - more heat please for us!  Of course, lots of people don't like as much spice as we do so with that said it's probably just us.  Whatever, we'd have no problem ordering this pizza again. 
Ten big slices of yumminess delivered to your door at the time you choose. I took a few screen shots to show just how easy ordering is:
Once you've placed your order you'll receive an email  with a link that lets you able to see the progress of your order!
 
You can see when you're order is being prepared, being baked, going through quality control and finally being delivered - Marvelous!
 We ordered our pizza to be delivered at 6pm and it arrived at 6.02pm (precisely)!

Friday, 11 March 2011

Parma Ham Pizza with Two Cheeses, Pear and Honey Caramelised Onions

Discover the Origin is a campaign promoted by the European Union, Italy, France and Portugal and achieved by the office representative of five key European products: Burgundy wines, Port and Douro Valley Wines, Parma Ham and Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese. 
This scrummy Pizza was total yum on a plate!
Recipe taken from the book - Discover the Origin which sadly, isn't available to buy, I was very kindly sent a Promotional copy.
The aim of all of them is to enhance knowledge of the PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) among consumers, distributors and food professionals and to educate on the benefits of the provenance indicator schemes, the relevant checks, controls and traceability systems that are put in place to ensure ongoing quality, and to differentiate the products and raise their profiles.
All five of these products carry a guarantee of their provenance and quality: the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) for Parma Ham and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, AOC for Burgundy wines and DOC for Port and Douro Valley wines.  If you see these labels on any food or drinks, you can rest assured that you will be rewarded with excellent quality.
Over at the Discover the Origin website you can learn more about the campaign and also watch a video of chef Lesley Waters making rather yummy looking 'Parmigiano-Reggiano and Parma Ham Polenta Muffins'
Thank you to Louise for sending me the book.
If you would like the recipe for the Parma Ham Pizza click continue reading:

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Domino's Pizza - Spanish Sizzler - a Review

Domino's have just launched a new pizza named 'Spanish Sizzler'.  So last night (being lovers of a good pizza) we thought we'd give it a try.
 Roast chicken, green peppers, chorizo and Roquito peppers on a tomato base and topped with Mozzarella cheese. 
  The chicken was tender and nice and moist. The tomato sauce had a sweet, slightly BBQ flavour to it which was really nice.
There was a good amount of all the toppings including the chicken and chorizo.
For any one wondering if, at the mention of peppers and chillies, this pizza is going to be too spicy for them - it wont be because the green bell pepper used isn't hot and the Roquito chilli pepper is a sweet chilli pepper, not a hot one. 
The pizza arrived at the time we had asked and was nice and hot too.  Also, just as you would expect, it had been pre-cut into equally sized wedges - so no one gets diddled by being left with a smaller wedge! 
Domino's have Pizza Offers every week and all in all the Spanish Sizzler is a winner in our books!

**Anyone interested in how many calories are in Domino's Pizzas you can find out here.


Wednesday, 27 October 2010

New Basil Burst from Domino's Pizza - A Review

Domino’s pizza delivery service is brilliant and it's just the thing for when you’ve no time to cook.   
You can either pick up the phone to ring your order though, or of course, you can order online.  Just choose which time you want your pizza to arrive (within a 15 minute time slot) and it does!  As you would expect from Domino's it arrives nice and hot too.
 Last night we decided to try their new addition to the Double Decadence range ‘Basil Burst’. Basil pesto sandwiched between two tasty thin crust bases. 
 Paul (the husband) wanted to try ‘Basil Burst’ and I must admit I was a tiny bit concerned as I’m not a huge fan of pesto.  Now, I was pleasantly surprised to find I loved it! 
Whilst you can definitely taste the basil it didn’t over-power the topping we choose.  If anything I’d say it matched perfectly with the ‘Pepperoni Passion’ pizza we ordered.  Not too much, not too little, just the right amount of pesto in between the two thin crusts.
Pepperoni passion is topped with loads of pepperoni and is made with extra mozzarella cheese – total yum in a box.
 The Basil Burst crust is only available on their medium or large pizzas.  You can pick whichever topping you fancy from their mouth-watering menu. 
Another great thing is you can create your own pizza too!  Pick up to a maximum of nine from the nineteen different toppings available and the nice people at Domino's will create your perfect pizza.  You can even choose from six different pizza bases too.
Don’t forget you don’t have to be a meat lover – a great range of vegetarian options are catered for too.  Basil Burst is vegetarian nut-free pesto.
So, if you haven’t already tried Domino's pizzas why not place your order this evening and try it for yourself.

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Dominos Pizza Delivery - Online Pizza Order Review

Now, as you know I love cooking, but sometimes you just seem to run out of time to cook!  
I had never ordered an online pizza before and I must admit I was a tiny bit concerned it would turn up lukewarm and greasy.
Last night was one of those nights when I just seem to have run out of time to cook.  So, I ordered a pizza to be delivered from Domino’s Pizza and I’ve since been converted!
I rang our local branch to make sure they delivered in our area although I realised afterward, I could have very easily found that out online.
The girl that answered the phone said ‘Domino’s pizza’s, how can I help you’?
I asked about delivery and she asked for my postcode.  Immediately she replied ‘Yes we do, do you want me to take your order?' 
To me it makes a big difference on how someone answers the telephone, I think you can get a good impression of the Company and how it's run that way.  Far better than if they sound bored when they answer and like they couldn’t care less if you ordered from them or not.

I logged on and I have to say I was amazed at how professional their site is.  If you’ve never had a look it’s well worth popping over to see for yourself.
You start by entering your postcode, and then you're presented with a huge list of different pizza toppings with size options, prices and pictures. 
Problem, you now have to decide which one to choose – Ooh what to have, what to have?!
Us, (me and the husband) being very greedy people having finally made our choice and ordered a large pizza.  We decided on the Hot and Spicy 13.5” which has onions, ground beef, green peppers and jalapeno peppers.
You then choose when you want it delivered, either as soon as possible, or you pick a time to suit you (within 15 minute time slots).
I placed our order at 5.15pm and picked a delivery time of 6.15pm.  To be honest I did that just because I wanted to see if it worked!
You can then either pay cash on delivery, or pay by credit or debit card.
A conformation of your order is sent straight away to you by email.

It gets better – you can check the real time status of your delivery – when it’s baked and out for delivery - how marvelous, I love anything gadgety!
 See screen capture below:
Total Amazement – it came at 6.12pm!
The pizza arrived nice and hot with the crust lovely and soft and not at all hard. Lovely fresh pizza with just the right amount of jalapeno peppers and topping. 
Oh and by the way, you can even choose the type of base and crust you want your pizza to have.
   Of course you can order sides such as coleslaw, potato wedges, garlic bread, chicken wings and more. You can even order drinks, ice cream or cheesecake too.
So, I’ve been converted and will be ordering again soon! 
 
 Hungry now?  Take a look and place an order at your local Domino's pizza now.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Scugnizzo Pizza Recipe - Pizza From Naples a new book

 A new book titled 'Pizza from Naples' is due for release 1st September.
Now I must say, this really is a fantastic book, if you love pizzas then you need this book!
Here's a pizza I made from it - read on for the recipe:
I think anyone would find the book really, really easy to follow. 
Both myself and Paul (the husband) truthfully said it was one of the best pizzas we've ever had.

Thursday, 17 April 2008

Homemade Pizza

Today I will not be cooking anything fancy. However although it isn't fancy, homemade pizza is so easy to make and very tasty.

To Make Pizza Dough:

Ingredients:

170ml Water
300g Strong White Bread Flour
1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 a Teaspoon of Yeast

Method:

Put all of the above in a bread machine (although you can mix this by hand of course) and select 'Pizza Dough'

When the dough is ready remove from the machine and press out with the heel of your hand to a 25cm/10inch circle.

Cover with lightly oiled cling film to stop it drying out. Allow to prove for about 20 minutes in a warm place.

Add topping of your choice starting with a tomato pizza base sauce, which you can buy ready made in just about any supermarket.

I then add sliced red onions, sliced pepper, grated cheese, pepperoni, olives, sliced tomato, a little chopped green chili and finally mozzarella.

Now bake in a preheated oven at 220C/425F/Gas7 for about 20-25 minutes depending of the amount of topping.

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