Hoarding Is A Lot Like Pizza

Don’t you think? Pizza is good. Hoarding is good. Hoarding pizza is very good.

As you know by now from I Am Hoarder, Hear Me Roar, I had a ‘have to cook, haven’t done the groceries and can’t be arsed to leave the house’ sort of week. Come Friday, I was well-prepared that should my DCM be coming home for dinner, pizza would be it.

No I do not make my own pizza crust. I’d only just started experimenting with cupcakes! Making bread is not something I’m even remotely considering right now. And why should I when Dr. Oetker‘s frozen pizzas are so good? Its Pizza Ristorante range features Funghi, Mozzarella, Quattro Formaggi, Spinaci, Speciale and Vegetale (mushroom, mozzarella, four cheeses, spinach, salami and vegetable). Dr. Oetker is the only brand of frozen pizza I buy. The crust is not too thick, the toppings are generous and the flavours are good. You can also tell that the quality ingredients used were fresh before they were frozen.

My favourite is Pizza Spinaci because I love spinach, it’s healthier and is not only great on its own but also an excellent base for piling on more toppings. The other two I prefer are Mozzarella and Quattro Formaggi.

Being a creäture of excess, I like customising my pizza. I’ve added leftover quesadilla beef, various types of cheeses, chicken I marinated and grilled, leftover chilli con carne, hams, caramelised onions, mushrooms, parma and various salamis. This time around, it would be diced cherry tomatoes and smoked salmon.

It’s so simple. Pre-heat oven, remove Pizza Spinaci from its package, top with diced cherry tomatoes and extra shredded mozzarella (we love cheese), pop into oven and wait for the crust to crisp up while the cheese melts and gets golden. It comes out of the oven, smoked salmon adorns it and dinner is served!

If you can get your hands on some Dr. Oetker pizza, try it!

My refrigerator looks weirdly empty-ish… Grocery shopping is calling out to me!

Pork Hoarder Alert

“Any part of the piggy
Is quite all right with me
Ham from Westphalia, ham from Parma
Ham as lean as the Dalai Lama
Ham from Virginia, ham from York,
Trotters Sausages, hot roast pork.
Crackling crisp for my teeth to grind on
Bacon with or without the rind on
Though humanitarian
I’m not a vegetarian.
I’m neither crank nor prude nor prig
And though it may sound infra dig
Any part of the darling pig
Is perfectly fine with me.” Noel Coward

I always have pork in the fridge. I’m Chinese and my DCM hails from the land of pork, Denmark. We are two races/ nationalities obsessed with pork. Bacon is a staple. It never runs out and it is always streaky. And like the Mumsy, I always seem to have minced pork in the freezer. Even if I don’t use it during the week, I just get more the next week. Hoarder syndrome…

As I’d mentioned in I Am Hoarder, Hear Me Roar, I was having a ‘have to cook, haven’t done the groceries and can’t be arsed to leave the house’ sort of week. I’d exhausted quite a bit of resources in the kitchen and was cracking my brain over what I could make for Thursday dinner without having to go to the supermarket. I found Maple bacon, half a head of cabbage, eggs, minced pork and a pack of tofu. Bacon fried rice and Mapo Tofu immediately sprang to mind! Fried rice and Mapo tofu is my DCM’s favourite chinky food combination.

Fried rice is the home version of fast food. You dump everything into your pan or wok, mix it up and you’ve got an all-in-one-bowl, balanced meal in minutes. It’s also a great way to clear the fridge. Bacon fried rice is so easy and so nommy! To top it off, my DCM is a fan. See recipe here.

I adore tofu. Mapo Tofu is one of my all-time favourite dishes. Spicy, salty braised minced pork and tofu… On its own with a steaming bowl of rice on a cold, rainy day or any other day really is delicious simplicity at its best. See recipe here.

If you’ve had a long day and are not in the mood for much fuss yet want something good, this is the meal to make.