‘Gross’ Pizza,  Mandarin, Anchovy and Olive

‘Gross’ Pizza, Mandarin, Anchovy and Olive

To the absolute dismay of Manchild 2, I was in the kitchen earlier eating little bits of mandarin orange and anchovies. Trying to decide if I was going to chuck them together on a pizza. He declared me ‘gross’, and I partially agree.

For I am one of the worlds biggest anti- pineapple on pizza people. I will happily chuck mango in a chicken salad or into curry, but pineapple pizza remains something that I ‘uuugh’ at. However, after today, I may change my mind. Perhaps I just need to make it myself rather than ordering it elsewhere.

I have been trying to experiment more with flavour profiles, which led me to a plate of black olives, anchovies and mandarin oranges. I tasted bits of them with each other, and in different orders. The result was always the same. I wanted it, and I wanted it hot. Lockdown does funny things to a woman.

The end result was an absolute delight. A thin, crispy round the edges base, smeared with sundried tomato paste and garlic. Sweet mandarins and salty anchovies, broken up and scattered, so every slice would have both. The slight bitterness of the black olives, lightly sprinkled with some herbs and chilli flakes.

The aroma had me hanging around the oven like a smoker behind the school bike sheds. Lingering, impatient.

Sweet, almost sticky, little explosions of warm orange filled my mouth, and its salty companions came along for the ride. I really, really did enjoy this tonight.

Manchild 2 advises me it is Friday, as he ploughs through his college work, online, with worries in his head about getting behind during lockdown. What will happen to his education? and how and when will he ever get back into a classroom? Real worries, not silly ones like ‘why is my Mum so gross’.

For a while at least, his homemade wedges with margarita pizza and my ‘gross’ pizza, brought us around the table, for our daily dose of normal, in a world that is anything but.

Base ( makes 4 thin base individual)

We followed the instructions on the flour packet, this dough is for a large pizza but we love ours thin so we get 4 individual ones out of this)

200g sieved pizza flour, my favourite pizza flour is Cotwold Pizza Flour

4g salt,

5g dried Yeast- I use Fermipan red

125ml warm water/Corporation Pop

The best bread flour and yeast combo available to buy now is Bread Flour and Yeast

Pizza base sauce

2 tsp per pizza base of sun dried tomato and garlic paste.

Toppings (for one base)

1/4 can of drained mandarin pieces

5 black olives, halved

3 anchovies, broken into small pieces

Light sprinkled of grated cheese, I used cheddar.

Pinch of dried mixed herbs and chilli flakes.