2019 Pizzas #25: Balti Masters Vegetarian Pizza

It’s great to be back logging 2019 pizzas… in 2021 😒

Those of you who’ve been paying attention will notice that I have skipped over #23 and #24. This was because they were both café pizzas that I forgot to take pictures of. I hoped to be able to return to said cafés and order the pizzas again in order to rectify this (despite one of the cafés being in London and the fact that I don’t remember its name… I’m ever optimistic!) but then PANDEMIC, and I’ve no idea when I’m going to be able to eat out in cafés again or even if the cafés in question have survived this horrible period, so it’s time I moved on. After all, I’ve got two whole new food series to post about for 2020 and 2021, and it’d be nice if I could be up to date with those by the end of this year. Maybe one day I’ll be able to log those missing pizzas.

Anyway, here’s a nice takeaway pizza that I discovered in November 2019.

Balti Masters pizza
I’m so hungry just looking at this!

Geth’s family were visiting, and we needed a nice easy takeaway meal with lots of options, so we went for Balti Masters, which offers various Indian food, kebabs, pizzas and other things. I had the vegetarian pizza, and it was really filling with a lovely sauce – really good quality, which you don’t always get with multi-food-type takeaway places.

We ended up ordering from there a few times in 2020 too, as it’s a good go-to when Geth fancies an Indian takeaway.

2019 Pizzas #22: Sainsbury’s Classic Crust Veggie Delight

Geth and I have been eating far more oven pizzas than we should during this lockdown. They’re just… easy, on days when I don’t have the mental energy to do some proper cooking. I am trying really hard to do enough running to burn them off again!

One of our go-to pizzas at the moment is the Classic Crust Veggie Delight from Sainsbury’s, which is really substantial. Our local Sainsbury’s started stocking them last autumn, which is when I first tried this one.

Sainsbury's Classic Crust Veggie Delight
Sainsbury’s Classic Crust Veggie Delight.

The toppings are really nice and fresh-tasting. They do, however, have a tendency to fall to one side of the pizza when in the packaging, so the best thing is to give it a bit of a shake before you take the shrink off! I also put occasional extra olives on, although this tends to contribute to the ‘overloaded toppings’ issue you often get with Sainsbury’s pizzas.

The base is deep and fluffy and filling, so you’re certainly not going to feel hungry again any time soon. A great teatime pizza… especially if you’ve got time the next morning to go for a long run and make use of those carbs!

2019 Pizzas #21: Sainsbury’s Wood-Fired Chargrilled Peppers, Courgettes, Olives & Pesto Pizza

That is a long, fancy name for a pizza. Does it deserve it? Well…

Sainsbury's Wood-Fired Chargrilled Peppers, Courgettes, Olives & Pesto Pizza
Sainsbury’s Wood-Fired Chargrilled Peppers, Courgettes, Olives & Pesto Pizza.

First of all, I have to say that the pesto on this pizza is really nice. I’m a bit of a pesto addict when it comes to pasta, but I’m slightly wary of it on pizza because it can sometimes make the overall taste a bit rich. Not so here – it really complements the flavours.

The Mediterranean vegetables, however, can be a bit overpowering. This is partly because the pizza suffers from a common ‘Sainsbury’s pizza’ problem of the toppings being a bit overloaded and hence acting as a giant salad on top of your pizza. However, the whole thing is still pretty tasty, and I’ve had it regularly since I first tried it last autumn.

2019 Pizzas #20: Co-op Stonebaked Thin & Crispy Margherita Pizza

I am so behind with my 2019 pizza logging. I’ve got a 2020 series (for a different foodstuff) planned as well, but that will have to wait for a while, as I’ve still got a few stragglers from last year to record.

Co-op pizza
Co-op Stonebaked Thin & Crispy Margherita Pizza.

I had this pizza at a buffet lunch in August last year. It had a really nice sauce and a good crispy texture – very pleasant.

I’m not usually a Co-op shopper but I’d be happy to have this one again!

2019 Pizzas #19: The Marina Pizza Crunch

I’ve been neglecting my pizza logging for a few months, so I’d better get them all finished before the end of the year!

The best thing you get in a Scottish chippy (it has been an absolute favourite of mine since childhood) is deep-fried battered pizza. It’s basically a cheap pizza (REALLY cheap and nasty – there was one chippy that actually put one in the oven for me late at night because they’d switched off the deep-fat fryer, and when cooked in a regular way it was the most disgusting pizza I’d ever had!), covered in batter and then placed in the fryer. In Edinburgh, we smother it in chippy sauce, a sort of vinegar and brown sauce mix that tastes like manna from heaven. Make it a supper by serving with chips, and you’ve got yourself the greatest meal of all time.

Anyway, deep-fried battered pizza is also sometimes called a ‘pizza crunch’, and that’s how it was listed on the menu at the Marina in Arbroath when we stopped there for lunch on the way up to Shetland in August.

Pizza crunch
Un-chippy sauce drizzled example.

The Marina didn’t have any chippy sauce (sacrilege! we must have been too far north), but the pizza itself was perfectly good deep-fried pizza.

I suspect this won’t be the last pizza crunch of 2019 – keep your eyes open over Christmas!

Shetland cheesecake roundup

I’m a little late with my holiday cheesecake roundup this year. It’s not nearly as long as my Toronto cheesecake roundup from last summer, but I still found a couple while we were away!

1. Orkney fudge cheesecake – Northlink Ferries

Orkney fudge cheesecake

Well recommended if you find yourself on a ferry in this part of the world. The fudge taste was fantastic and the texture was just right.

2. Raspberry cheesecake – Waterfront Bar & Grill

Raspberry cheesecake

The advertised cheesecake of the day was some kind of lime concoction, but they must have run out, because when my brother Malcolm and I ordered cheesecake we got this raspberry flavour with white chocolate sticks on the top. It was a bit too light and tasteless – Malcolm described it as ‘like fat-free raspberry yoghurt’ and I had to agree.

Short but sweet list this year. Hoping for a more cheesecake-filled holiday next summer 🙂

2019 Pizzas #18: Sainsbury’s Stonebaked Margherita

This oven pizza has been a recent go-to since our local Sainbury’s stopped stocking my favourite Dr Oetker Ristorante ones.

Sainsbury's Stonebaked Margherita
Sainsbury’s Stonebaked Margherita.

I’ve had this pizza a couple of times now but I keep forgetting to take a picture. When I’m hungry it’s not something I remember.

The taste is a bit generic, but it’s got a really nice texture when cooked properly. It’s also really good as a lighter option, as it’s quite small – although I find it’s not filling enough if I haven’t eaten a lot that day.

2019 Pizzas #17: Bumbellini Roasted Vegetable

I’m back logging pizzas again after a break. There’ve been a few recently due to running season!

This is one I had in Colne a couple of months ago – we went with Geth’s mum Anne to try out the new pizzeria at Boundary Mill.

Bumbellini Roasted Vegetable
Bumbellini Roasted Vegetable.

The toppings on this pizza were absolutely delicious, and the stonebaked base had a lovely texture to it. I will be back at this restaurant!

2019 Pizzas #16: Pizza Express Margherita

To clarify, this is the Pizza Express oven pizza that you can buy in supermarkets, not the one at the restaurant! I had one at the weekend when I was in Colne.

Pizza Express Margherita
Pizza Express Margherita.

This is a nice oven pizza – tasty with a good sauce. The standard size is a lot smaller than most supermarket options, which makes it a good choice for a lighter meal.

My mother-in-law gave me and Geth another one to take home, so we’ll be having that as a post-weigh-in treat tomorrow afternoon.

2019 Pizzas #15: Asda Take Away Cheese Feast Stuffed Crust Pizza

I had this oven pizza with the in-laws when I was in Colne over the weekend. I was so hungry that I forgot to take a photo of the actual pizza, so here’s the box instead!

Asda Take Away Cheese Feast Stuffed Crust Pizza
Asda Take Away Cheese Feast Stuffed Crust Pizza.

I’m not usually a fan of multi-cheese pizzas (plain old mozzarella is my preference) but this one was really good. The stuffed crust was nice as well – not too rich like I sometimes find stuffed crusts to be.

Definitely a good choice for a hungry day!