Trying something new on pizza
There are some things that just shouldn’t end up on a pizza. Canned asparagus? No go. Offal? That’d be ‘offal’ alright. Leave it for steak and kidney pies. Spaghetti. Controversial, especially after Bill
English and the ham, spaghetti pineapple debacle. Personally, I cannot believe there are defenders of that particular monstrosity!
So when the queen of creamed corn Megan Banks, my Hits Co-Host and foodie friend, suggested we try a creamed corn pizza, I was ready to add a new ingredient to the banned from pizza list. Megan will add creamed corn to anything and everything. Her favourite dinner of all time is a speciality meal, creamed corn surprise. The truly surprising part is that you can create a meal the whole family will eat from creamed corn.
“I think it’s a South Island thing,” she said “We grew up a long way from fast food pizza, so we had to use what was available to us.” Understandable I thought, but if you had access to cheese, tomato paste and canned creamed corn surely your supermarket visits could have included pepperoni?
We didn’t have Domino’s in Tu¯ rangi, but I’m pretty sure we managed a homemade meat-lovers or two on pizza night.
“I remember the first time I tasted creamed corn,” continued the queen of CC, “I thought I had stumbled upon a gift from the gods.”
I love crayfish, oysters and a good rare steak, but I can’t for the life of me remember the first time I tried any of them!
But, in the name of science and a lowcost (read free) breakfast, I succumbed and there before me lay a remarkably good-looking pizza. The aroma that filled the air was warm and sweet, and appetising, in the same way a roast at your Nana’s on a Sunday was. But the moment of truth truly came as I took a bite… and found myself in creamed corn and bacon pizza heaven. An instant convert, I proceeded to devour all but one slice which I reluctantly watched Megan remove from the board.
Sometimes, the things you think you won’t like end up being something you love. It’s just a matter of giving it a go. Life’s funny like that, but I’m sorry Mr English, I don’t think I’ll ever be on board with a pineapple ham and spaghetti pizza!