Saturday 6 February 2010

Pizza Margarita & One Lovely Blog Award

It is said that pizza is what made Naples famous.. and it's all because of the Pizza Margherita (or Margarita as is usually said outside of Italy). It was first made in 1889 by a baker who wanted to create a pizza in honour of Queen Margherita's visit to Naples. He wanted the pizza to reflect the colours of the Italian flag - green, white and red. Hence this classic pizza was born, and is now enjoyed worldwide.

This is somewhat of a cheat's version to the Pizza Margarita.. On weekends I simply do not have the inclination to my own pizza dough, but if you are a pizza puritan at heart, go right ahead!.. At any rate, I think this is a quick, delicious and simple dish to make for a weekend lunch at home. So here goes...

1 greek pitta bread (or choose a wholemeal lebanese bread)
Few tablespoons passata
1 clove garlic, crushed
Few thin slices of tomato
1/2 large ball buffalo mozarella
Salt and pepper
Caster sugar to taste
Few basil leaves
Olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees celcius, and line tray with tinfoil.
2. In a bowl, combine passata and garlic then season to taste with salt, pepper and sugar. The sugar take the edge of the tomatoes' acidity. The amount you require will depend on how tart your passata is, so just remember to taste. I only used a pinch.
3. Spread tomato base over pitta bread.

4. Top with sliced tomato, and torn pieces of mozarella. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil over the pizza.

5. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese starts to turn golden.
6. Remove from oven, top with a few basil leaves and serve immediately :)

Now that lunch is out of the way, it's time to get down to business and hand out some awards! Hooray! Last year I was fortunate enough to be awarded a One Lovely Blog Award from Mademoiselle Delicieuse of Spoon, Fork & Chopsticks. As a recipent of this award, I get to pass the award on to eight new recipents of my selection. So over the past month or so I have been looking out for lovely blogs worthy of this award. There is no shortage of great blogs out there so it was a pleasure discovering new blogs with this award in mind.

So... in no particular order, here are the recipients of the One Lovely Blog Award. Check them out some time!
Well done guys, and keep up the fantastic blogging! According to the rules of this award, to accept it you have to post it on your blog along with the name of the person who granted the award and their blog link. As recipients you then have the opportunity to pass the award onto eight bloggers you have recently discovered. Just announce the winners on your blog and don't forget to contact the recipients to let them know the good news ;)

Ladybird x


  1. I love Margarita pizzas - you just can't go past a good one. Congrats on the award!! Your blog is certainly lovely. Thanks for passing it to me too! :)

  2. I tink so far, the best thing I've woken up to, besides the smell of bacon and pancakes, is receiving an emailling notifyig me of this award. I've never been given an award beforeee!!! thank you SO MUCH!

  3. Thankyou for the award :)
    I was looking at your blog on my phone and saw my name and was like... hold on a second.

    That pizza looks delish by the way :)

  4. mmm I lovvveee pizza, although last time I made pizza I somehow got food poisoning :( yours looks so good with that fresh basil!
    Thankyou so so soooo much for the award, I will post it soon :)


  5. Love the colours on the pizza and who cares if it's a cheat's version as long as it tastes great!

  6. pizza margarita... the BEST kind of pizza! beautiful pictures! :)

  7. Thanks for the award! Will post soon xo


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