The Pizza that wasn’t…..



In today’s economy and being on a strict budget, I can’t afford to throw anything away, so I’m always on the lookout for new ideas for leftovers other than making curry.

We’ve had a glut of tomatoes again this year and pastas, spaghetti bolognese, lasagne, and chillis have been the norm so for a change, I thought about making pizza.

The following was one of my ‘accidents’ that started out as one thing, went wrong in the middle, but the end result actually looked and tasted OK.


I’m one of these people who apart from sponge cakes, usually don’t weigh anything, but my basic ingredients were :


6 large tomatoes (skinned and chopped)

1 chopped onion

8 peeled and sliced closecup mushrooms

about 100g of grated cheese

dollop of tomato ketchup

handful of sliced mixed peppers

teaspoon Italian herbs



I put the tomatoes and onion in a saucepan and brought them to the boil, adding the ketchup and herbs once hot.

Typically, I had no yeast to make a proper dough base, so improvised with pastry. I make mine with a rough ratio of 1/3 fat to flour (bias towards the flour), the fat being a 50/50 mix of lard and margarine. Rub together, add a pinch of salt and a little hot water, mix until it resembles a stretchy dough, then roll out to about ¼” thickness. I put this in a 10″ square 1″ deep pie dish, making sure it came up along the sides, then baked it ‘blind’ for about 10 minutes until it started to shrink and the edges go brown (it should feel firm to the touch, not raw).


Using half the tomato mix, I spread it over the pastry base, layered the peppers and mushrooms on top, then put the rest of the tomato mix on top of that. I sprinkled the grated cheese over the lot and returned the dish to the oven for about half an hour (175 C, 350F, gas mark 4) until the cheese was completely melted and a golden brown, as were the pastry edges.

When done, it looked a bit like a quiche, and in hindsight it MAY have been an idea to add a beaten egg to bind it all together as the added moisture from the peppers and mushrooms made it a bit of a game to slice and get it out of the dish!


Saying that though, it was jolly nice and I’ll be making it again.










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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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