Pizza #10: The Amazing Spider-Man Pizza
After a long hiatus The Big Cheese
is back, and this time I've got a super-powered pizza that is supposed
to look like Spider-Man.
(Yes, I realise that this looks more like a Power Ranger or some kind of discoloured alien, but please bear with me here.)
See, it was my son's third birthday and his favorite super hero is Spider-Man. How could I resist attempting to create
Spidey's famous webby face on a pizza in a hastily-planned creative flurry of olive oil and cheese?
First I grabbed a Spider-Man action figure for inspiration. Yikes! Right away I know the webbing on the face would be a problem.
So I thought "red-and-black" means "tomato-and-black olives"! I grabbed two bowls, some olive oil, some tomatoes, black olives, garlic, basil and parsley
and proceeded to make two pestos
, if you can call them that, by finely chopping the ingredients and making a black concoction and a red one.
Note that in hindsight I should have run these through the food processor to make them into more of a paste. Then I
could have used a cake-decorating tip to apply the pastes and acheived the web effect I was after. Give it a try yourself and send in the
With the red-and-black ready to go I proceeded to cut-out a face shape from a pre-made pizza crust and added tomato sauce, shredded 4-cheese blend,
and I outlined the eyes with the black olive mixture.
Finally I spent a painstaking amount of time attempting to "draw" the webbed mask on Spider-Man's face by dribbling bits of the various mixtured on the pizza
by hand. Oh- and I topped his eyes off with a bit of cream sauce to make them extra-white.
The result? Well as you can see for yourself the pizza only marginally looks like Spider-Man. So I thought the true
measure of whether I had acheived my goal would be to show the pizza to my son and see if his three-year-old eyes
could see Spider-Man in this pizza. He knew it was a face. He knew it had eyes. Sadly, he could not identify
his favorite super hero. I'll have to give this effort a 4/10
Was it a total failure? Heck no! The pizza tasted delicious and hey, there's always next year!