It’s been a while since I blogged, and I truly missed it. The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind and I’m so glad that my routine is finally slowing down a little… Alright, let’s get this post started!
Looking back at my childhood, I have many beautiful memories tied to food. I remember my mum used to pack Neer Dosas (thin South-Indian rice crepes) stuffed with ketchup in my lunch box in kindergarten. There was a time when I wouldn’t eat pizzas or hamburgers from fast food joints; I would watch as my brother savoured that junk food only to go home and feast on some Mangalorean fish curry and rice. For a while, I only ate Maggi noodles mixed with scrambled egg (now I just can’t tolerate anything with fried egg!). I remember a glass of chilled lemonade waiting for us at home when we returned from Catechism classes on Friday mornings. And of course, my older brother making mango and chikoo milkshakes! I also have a memory of my mum telling me that the stringy dark golden crispy-fried food in front of me was chips fish, when in reality it was crispy-fried bitter gourd! (I reallllly loved the ‘chips fish’, by the way!) Oh and I loved all the different ways my mum cooks chicken! 😀 And I still do…
Numerous food memories have been etched in my mind from the years gone by. The more I think about it, the clearer the reason for me being a foodie becomes. Writing this reminds me that some of the best moments in my life stand out because of the special food involved!
Which brings me to the highlight of this post — Bread-Crust Pizza!
When I first decided to recreate my mum’s recipe for this wonderful breakfast treat, I had no idea just how nostalgic a moment it would be for me. As I set up my frames and camera to shoot the dish step-by-step for my ‘MasterClass with Winola Peris’ column in The Woman magazine, I was transported back to the wonderful times when my mum would make bread-crust pizzas for us.
She would save up the crusty ends of bread loaves for months together and freeze them until she had enough – four slices for each of us. Then, on a lazy Friday morning, as my brother and I grudgingly tossed and turned, hating the idea of waking up, mum would lure us out of bed saying, “Wake up! Or you won’t find any Bread-Crust Pizza remaining for you!” Just the sound of those words had us up, rushing to brush our teeth and freshen up. We would then sit on the kitchen floor waiting hungrily with plates in hand while mum would toast the pizzas and serve them to us sizzling hot! The memory makes me smile (and my tummy rumble!) 😛
So here I am, sharing with you a slice of my childhood and what has now become something of a family specialty. 🙂
This is what you need
- Bread Crusts – 8 slices (you can also use slices of bread)
- Tomato Ketchup – 1/2 cup
- Chilli-Garlic Sauce – 1/2 cup
- Chicken Franks/ Sausages – 6 (preferably the spicy kind)
- Capsicums – 2
- Shredded Mozzarella Cheese – 1 cup
Here’s how you make this yummy breakfast delight!
- Make the topping – In a bowl, mix together tomato ketchup and chilly-garlic sauce until well combined. Chop the capsicums and chicken franks into tiny cubes, put together and give it a quick toss.
- Assemble the slices – Slather the sauce mix onto the facing side of each slice. Evenly spread the capsicum-chicken frank mixture over the prepared slices and top it off with some shredded mozzarella cheese.
- Cook the pizza – Place each of the slices on a heated pan and cover. Cook for about eight to 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the bread is crisped up. Once done, take it off the heat and serve immediately.
These Bread-Crust Pizzas are my favourite kind of kitchen fun – few ingredients, not too much work, a tad bit time-consuming (but totally worth it) and you end up with super yummy, super tasty food! Simple flavours and easy techniques come together to give you a dish you will not regret trying. And take my word for it, once you have tried this recipe, it’s going to become a regular in your home! Everyone’s going to love it.
The crunchy crackle of the toasted bread against the creamy velvety goodness of the cheese; the tang of the ketchup coupled with the sweet pungency of the capsicums and the heat from the sausages is simply wonderful. It’s a blend of contrasts that never ceases to amaze me. It’s got just the right balance of everything to make it a meal to cherish and remember (and of course, to recreate again, again, and well, AGAIN!)
Go ahead, save those crusty ends of bread loaves that you normally throw away and whip up some magic with them. You can experiment with various combinations as toppings – shredded chicken, mushrooms, baked beans, cottage cheese, and more. Mix and match, and you are sure to enjoy your creation! 🙂
P.S: Do check out my column on The Woman magazine’s newly launched interactive portal http://www.thewomanoman.com 🙂