Quattro Formaggi Pizza

This is one pizza that beats any Pizza Hut hands down. Quattro Formaggi means Four Cheeses in Italian and to make it, you obviously need 4 cheeses. I’ve come across numerous combinations, but the cheese that is found in every recipe is blue cheese. The Italian version is called gonzonzola. I have with me, Danish blue cheese.

Danish blue cheese

Danish blue cheese

Blue cheese is unmistakable with its pungent, fermented smell. My maid once threw my blue cheese away because she thought it had spoiled. Anyway, like durians, you need to acquire a taste for blue cheese. Once you’ve acquired it, you’ll be hooked.

Next, let me introduce my other cheesy friends – the supporting characters. All of them are readily available at Cold Storage, but be forewarned that they are not your regular cheeses and are quite pricey. I don’t recommend that you use the cheaper types of cheese.

Dutch Gouda

mature Dutch Gouda

The older the gouda, the stronger the taste. Frankly, not really into Western food, this is my first encounter with gouda. I find it rather firm, smooth and has a nice, robust flavour second only to the blue cheese here.

provolone

provolone

Provolone is the only Italian cheese I have here. The taste is very mild and doesn’t seem add much to the overall flavour of the pizza. I probably won’t use this cheese the next time.

Danish mozzarella

Danish mozzarella

This is the second Danish cheese I have here. It’s very soft in texture and has a rich, creamy taste which makes it quite suited for this pizza.

pizza preparation

pizza preparation

Of course, it would be a rewarding experience to make the pizza dough myself, but a few days before this, my friend had tried to make a noodle dough herself. Instead of getting the dough done, she was done by the dough after 2 exhausting hours. Without much time to burn, I got a packet of pre-made pizza dough from the frozen food section.

Very simply, you’s just need to spread the 4 different types of cheese onto the dough. I then baked the cheesed dough for 10-15mins at 200 deg C.

quattro formagi

quattro formagi

And this is my very first quattro formaggi! The cheese overflowed the edges a little, but nobody was complaining because it smelled and tasted so good.

pizza slice

pizza slice

Do try this at home. Your kids are sure to love. I sure wish I could offer some to my friend who was done by the dough.

Tofu With Bonito Flakes
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Tofu

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Tofu

This is a great cold dish to go along with some flavourful rice dish. Just slice up some smooth tofu, add a bit of soy sauce, sesame oil and bonito flakes. I used to think they were onion skin. Actually, these flakes are shavings from a fish. Watch the video below to see how bonito flakes are made.