Try­ing some­thing new on pizza

CHB Mail - - NEWS - BY ADAM GREEN The Hits Hawke’s Bay Break­fast Show host

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!

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