Friday, January 25, 2008

Hay Hay, It's Donna Day!

This is my first “Hay Hay It’s Donna Day” blog challenge, a challenge started by fellow Kiwi, Barbara. I have got all the Donna Hay cook books and magazines, and while it seems like I am a huge fan, it is the prettiness of her style rather than her recipes that I enjoy! I love the use of white and pale blue in the photography in her books and magazines – it is very clean and peaceful looking.

The HHIDD challenge involves the last month’s challenge winner choosing a recipe from a DH magazine or book and the challengers have to make, not necessarily the recipe, but a form of it. The topics are pretty generic – eg terrines or tarts. This month the challenge was pizza.

This wasn’t too much of a challenge for me as I often make pizza, making my own base. The challenge was thinking of an exciting topping. While I am strongly against pizza being a base for whatever is left in the fridge, that is kind of what my pizza turned out to be!

I made it on Sunday night after the champagne breakfast. There were some of the yummy sausages left from the bbq, so I thought I would use them. I made a tomato sauce using canned tomatoes, basil and some leftover red wine, spread that on the base, and sprinkled over sliced sausage and some grated parmesan. While that was cooking, I made a salad of sliced sundried tomatoes, basil leaves, chopped kalamata olives and crumbled feta with plenty of black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Once the pizza came out of the oven, I topped it with the salad. It was actually so yummy, and a combination that I would use again.

I think it’s a good idea to cook the pizza and then add something fresh to the pizza once it comes out of the oven. It really livens it up and makes it taste fresh and yummy.


Anonymous said...

oh my, that looks delicious! Good idea about putting the topping on afterwards, the last time I made pizza I put sundried tomatoes on before cooking, and they weren't as good cooked! I will do it your way next time.

Anonymous said...

You have excelled yourself again by making a pizza that one would like to eat just from looking at the picture. Very colourful & moorish your husband must be so delighted with your culinary delights.
I too like the fresh on top makes it have a nicer look.

Barbara said...

Hi Tammy glad you have joined HHDD. Your pizza looks delicious. I agree about adding something fresh at the end.

joey said...

Looks delicious Tammy! Thanks for joining :)

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Oh wow that looks incredible!

so simple said...

Hi Tammy
The addition of the fresh salad on top is great. Hot and cold. Yum
I'm from Auckland too nice to read your blog