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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:24 am    Post subject: Pop-up Pizza Reply with quote

This morning Chris Evans was talking about pop up Pizzas soon being available for the toaster: blog about that…

Anyway it reminded me of my Bi-Pizza disaster of last week. Hubby and I have not had a Pizza either cooked for us in a Pizza Place or a home- baked (warmed up) Pizza from a shop, ever. Hubby isn’t into processed food so Pizza has never been on our menu. Last week whilst ambling through the frozen food section of a well-known supermarket, I spotted the most delicious looking Pizza (well the picture on the box looked delicious) and I thought, I like Pizza, I’ve not had one for years… oh go on then… no one will know. So I bought two of the most delicious looking Pizzas you’ve ever laid eyes on. (Frozen of course) When I got them home, there was room in our freezer for only one of them: it was, ten to twelve, after looking at the descructions on the box I pondered for a moment just how lucky I am. Imagine, if you will, for a moment, having no room in your freezer and the most delicious looking Pizza you’ve ever seen, right there in your hands, just 30 minutes or so before lunchtime and you’re only two or three steps away from your oven. Well fate had indeed smiled on me that day- so taking full advantage of the situation; the Pizza was soon on a tray in a very warm environment. (Gas Mark 5 as I recall). Timer on – beeper set and so I headed off to our study to check my e-mail and write to Jezza Vine of course. After a while: no beeps, I looked at the time- 12:55 – What?! Shouldn’t I have heard beeps by now? The Pizza was, well: it was jolly well done- a sort of crispy dark brown colour all over. Humph! I ate it anyway. It wasn’t that great. So fast forward to Saturday tea time. Fancy a Pizza? I asked hubby. To my surprise, he said, yeah why not? I couldn’t think of a good reason why not- so back to the kitchen. This time I thought, I’ll use our little combination oven which has a range of accessories (I’ve never used) including a Pizza Rack- so on it went, I was careful to keep an eye on it- didn’t want another Pizza disaster. It looked ready. Out of the little oven thing it came: it was still cold underneath in the middle. Oh no! Bing! Thought bubble pops up. Cut it in half- pop it back in the oven for a few minutes. Brilliant! That’ll do it. I watched in horror as the topping from both halves of the Pizza slid through the gap across the middle and fell into a bubbling soggy heap on the bottom of the combination oven. We had ham and salad sandwiches for tea.
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RockitRon



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aww
Melted cheese... Laughing
(I'll come back to this)
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Of all the delicious foods, as depicted on the box, and in television commercials, I reckon pizzas are the most disappointing (apple strudels come in a close second but that's a tale for another time).

When you put it on the table does it ever look like this?

Does it, my ar*e.

That sumptuous three-inch-thick topping of meat/veg and melted cheese you've been eagerly awaiting has become a scattering of bits that you suspect the chef has barfed up after a night on the razz.

If it's a takeaway or delivery pizza it will be soggy and taste of the cardboard box it has come in; if it's one you've bought from the supermarket and followed the cooking instructions to the letter, the base will be like plasterboard and the tomato paste that the filling lies on will be so powerful it tastes like creosote - all in all it's like eating your garden shed.

Don't ever be tempted to beef-up the topping by adding your own cheese. It's a little known fact that pizza toppings are also made of Teflon, and anything you add just runs off, so you end up with an oven floor awash with melted cheese, which very quickly gives off a very pungent burning smell, and takes hours to remove.

Apparently shop sales of pizza in the UK declined by 17% last year, and I'm not surprised.

Going to a pizza restaurant for one is not much better. There's a reason they offer you unlimited salad and it's not the range of rocket, radiccio and coleslaw on offer.

And just in case you think it's only the British who can't make nice pizza, I'll tell you about the one we had in the south of France, not far from the border of its spiritual home. It took 45 minutes to arrive and looked, felt and tasted more like a doorstep poppadom. which required a steak knife to cut - all the olive oil that the meagre topping was awash with couldn't penetrate it to soften it up.

So after all that, you'll understand if I'm sceptical about a "pop-up" pizza - that goes inside a little pouch in your toaster - even if it is the brainchild of M&S.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2096965/Ultimate-junk-food-Pop-pizza-toaster.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

Those little sleeves look a little on the flimsy side, especially when compared to the Rolls Royce version...
http://www.lakeland.co.uk/10724/Lakeland-Toastabag-500
...and anyone who has had the misfortune of owning a sandwich maker will tell you just what a bind it is cleaning off burned on, greasy, melted, cheese etc.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We've just put our sandwich maker out in the garage ready for the next trip to the dump ( Household waste recycling centre). We've had it years, used it maybe half a dozen times but never since we've had our breadmaker cos breadmaker loaves are gigantic compared to shop bread so the toasted sandwich maker was made redundant. Last weekened we were having a ruthless clearout ready for the builders coming- if we'd not used it in the last two years- out it went- now we have so much room, I'm not sure we need the builders.

I don't think we'll be having pop-up or any other kind of pizza anytime soon.
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preraphaeliteangel



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could mix some pizza dough in the bread maker and then make your own pizzas - that's why I do and they're delicious, you can make them exactly how you like them. Smile
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RockitRon



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

R2Icon wrote:
We've just put our sandwich maker out in the garage ready for the next trip to the dump ( Household waste recycling centre). We've had it years, used it maybe half a dozen times...

Excellent idea. I did the same, two years ago, only someone thought it a good wheeze to buy us one the following Christmas. A present which ranks alongside a frying pan, an iron or Hoover for your wife (don't know what the hubby equivalent would be - socks or a nose and ear hair trimmer, perhaps).

Anyway, since the one person in the house who likes toasted sandwiches from those things (which also come out like cardboard) is the one person who considers the kitchen to be virgin, pioneer territory, it has been used but once. If I apply Rachel-rules, its time must be up Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

preraphaeliteangel wrote:
You could mix some pizza dough in the bread maker and then make your own pizzas - that's why I do and they're delicious, you can make them exactly how you like them. Smile


That's a cool-beans idea. Smile I like it. Cos that way we could have pizza that isn't processed. I'll report back when I've made one.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had a poor record with making my own dough, but using pre-made bases from Morrisons or Asda (not Tesco) I've enjoyed making my own, especially with a greater control over the basic ingredients.

However, generally in my experience, chilled pizzas cook better than frozen.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The most unbelievable pizza that I have ever been served up with was from a fish and chip shop, it was dipped in batter and deep fried. I have never got over the shock! Shocked
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Angela W wrote:
The most unbelievable pizza that I have ever been served up with was from a fish and chip shop, it was dipped in batter and deep fried. I have never got over the shock! Shocked

Haha! I wanted to try that on my last trip to Edinburgh but I thought it would stink out the hotel room and I'd get in trouble.
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