It’s been a surreal few weeks. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would experience a
lockdown restricted movement order in my lifetime.
What this means for many of us is a lot more cooking than usual. While I love cooking, breakfast is a bit of a challenge for me. Other than soft boiled eggs and bread, our preferred sarapan pagi is usually the nasi lemak stall or roti canai shop in my neighbourhood. Off limits for the next two weeks, obviously.
Then while searching for ideas, I stumbled upon this creative take by Japanese youtuber Masa: pizza toast! Scrolling through the ingredients, I figured this would be an umami bomb thanks to the presence of tuna, cheese, and tomato.
For those of you who have kids, this is a great dish because you can sneak in as much vegetables as you like. I went for bell peppers and yellow onions because they are watery vegetables and add a bit of welcome moisture to the combination.
So if you wanna get creative, got kids (or spouses!) with fussy palates or have simply run out of ideas after a few days of non-stop cooking, here’s something you can easily whip up from pantry ingredients. And this tastes as good as any of those pizza variations at commercial bakeries, at least according to hubby lah haha!
Bell pepper, cut into strips
Yellow onions, diced
Hard boiled egg, sliced
Canned tuna in extra virgin olive oil
1. Spread one side of bread with butter.
2. Mix 2 parts tomato sauce to 1 part tomato paste. Spread on buttered side of bread as you would on a pizza crust base.
3. Place bread (butter + tomato sauce side up) on a lined baking tray. Put the rest of toppings on top of tomato sauce. Put cheese last because you want it to melt on top of the other toppings and turn golden brown.
4. Bake in oven at 200 C for 6-10 minutes or until cheese has completely melted and turned golden brown. Serve!
1. Buttering the bread is key. This layer of fat prevents the bread from absorbing the moisture from the toppings and becoming soggy. Any kind of bread will do; I used white sandwich bread from Tedboy Bakery, which is soft yet has enough body to hold up all those fillings.
2. Just remember to cut the bell peppers thinly enough because they take slightly longer to cook.