It’s been a while since I entered super-blogger Tara Cain’s marvellous weekly Gallery, but I couldn’t resist this week – for the theme is FOOD, and food is what I love. In fact, I love it so much, I eat it every day!
I was recently invited to a DIY Dinner Party. I didn’t know what to expect: should I take along a hammer and some nails to build the table? Or just a few green beans as an accompaniment for whatever somebody else brought along as the main course?
No, it was better than that. Much better. Bellissimo, in fact.
My Foodie Dad Pal likes pizza. Nothing unusual about that. He likes it A LOT. But don’t we all? But he likes it so much, he built his own brick pizza oven in his back garden.
Which is where the DIY comes in?
Not quite, on this particular evening, he invited a handful of friends around to make our own pizzas. He’d provide the fire, the dough and some toppings. You Do The Rest Yourself.
The pressure was on when I learned one of my fellow guests was a Pizza Master from Italy. He prodded and stretched the dough, then tossed and twirled it for good measure. And then he topped it with the simplest of toppings: tomato passata, mozzarella and olives.
Then he slid it into the furnace, left it a couple of minutes, and brought it out again, before topping with basil and declaring his efforts: ‘Magnifico.’
‘Well, let’s just see about that, shall we?’ I thought to myself.
Could I top his toppings?
I stretched out my pizza dough to an eight-inch disc, then added passata, Pecorino and Gorgonzola cheeses, a few slices of salami, and finally, a few rosemary leaves.
A few moments later, my pizza was ready – prepared with my own fair hand, but cooked by my Italian rival.
Did it top his authentic toppings? Was he to be sent back to the Boot with his tail between his legs?
He tasted it and smiled, then laughed.
‘PIZZA DISASTRO,’ he declared. ‘PIZZA DISASTRO.’
And he laughed and laughed.
I have no idea what ‘Disastro’ means, but judging by how happy it made my Italian friend I can only think it must be: ‘Best Ever.’
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