28 January 2014

Girls night in: Homemade pizzas

Girls night in: Homemade pizzas

For me, there's nothing nicer than an evening spent with friends and some delicious food. My partner and I often stay in (in fact, more often than not), and we also have a naughty habit of ordering takeaway on a regular basis. When between us this can cost up to £25 a time depending on what we have, it's a lot of money to spend on one meal for two people. When we move into our new home, money will be tighter, so I'm all for learning how to have a perfect night in, on a budget. Last night I did exactly that, and I wanted to share my evening with you all as I think it's something cheap and fun anyone can do, a great idea for a girls night in.

I'm not the biggest fan of pizza and I'm picky, having a preference for homemade pizza over takeaway or shop bought. Obviously I will have a slice of my partner's every now and then, but generally pizza is something I stay away from. When I was in high school I had to take Food Technology lessons. Those lessons taught me almost everything I needed to know about cooking and each week I loved creating something new and learning how to make so many different things. My family would always eagerly tuck into anything I brought home, and their favourite every time was pizza! 

Last night three friends and I had a girls night in, and we decided to make our own individual pizzas. We each had a base to which we added tomato puree, and all the ingredients we'd brought to share between us all. With a selection of onion, pepper, mushrooms, baby plum tomatoes, pineapple, three different cheeses, bacon, chorizo, coriander, herbs and spices - there was a lot to choose from! Some of the girls had a few different things, I opted for a bit of everything (well, it was a bit hard to resist!) The pizzas only took ten minutes to cook in the oven - so you can easily prep, make and cook a pizza in 15 minutes, a lot quicker than ordering a takeaway! 

Once the pizzas were ready we sat down and tucked straight in - with some lovely bubbles to wash it down (gotta love leftover Christmas drinks) The pizza was easily the best I have had in years, it was absolutely delicious and I'm already planning on doing the same for a night in with my partner soon! It worked out so much cheaper than us all going out for dinner, or ordering takeaway. The pizza bases were only £1.20 each (and they were pretty big) and all of the toppings were things we already had in our fridges and cupboards. Making the pizzas was so much fun and it's given me so many ideas for dinner parties we could have when we move, and the different things we could make! 

Will you be trying your hand at making homemade pizza?


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  1. I do love making my own pizza! Next time, why not make your own dough too? That, I find, is the extra fun bit. A bit of flour, salt, sugar, yeast, olive oil and water, most of which I have in the house anyway so it makes for an even cheaper meal in! Loved this post, and it's made me want to make one tonight... xo

    Adrienne @ Late Night Nonsense | Bloglovin' | YouTube

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    1. I definitely want to try making my own dough next time :) Especially as I could flavour the dough to my tastes with herbs etc! :) Thanks Adrienne - I'm hoping to keep adding the occasional lifestyle post and especially recipe posts, once we've moved and I can take better photos :) xo

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  2. This is such a lovely idea! And great that it ends up being so cheap. I think my first food tech lesson was on how to make pizza actually! This is a good way to use up a load of leftovers and try and experiment a bit more with different toppings too!

    Jenn | Photojennic

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    1. Isn't it just? It was such a lovely evening and a perfect combination of friends, tasty food and yummy bubbles! It's incredible how much you can save by making your own pizza at home. xo

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  3. homemade pizzas are the best! Me and my man will be making some for valentines instead of going out as we are a little poor at the moment! We like to make them using already rolled pastry! A little different and tastes amazing!

    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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    1. Such a good idea! We've booked a table at Jamie's Italian for Valentine's Day but we're thinking of cancelling to save money for the move, and cook something like this together instead! :) I may have to try your rolled pastry version! xo

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  4. This is such a good day - so easy as well. I'm trying to save money by eating as well but sometimes it's just too much hassle to cook by myself! x

    Lola & Behold

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    1. I am the same. If Martyn is on a late shift, I don't see the point in cooking or I cook really late when he gets home, which isn't very good either! Stuff like this is so quick, easy and cheap to make xo

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  5. Looks lovely and cosy, good call with the addition of bubbles!

    Beth

    Beth Young Makeup

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    1. I was taunted by that bottle hanging around our kitchen since Christmas - it was definitely time it got cracked open! It was a very lovely, cosy night :) So much fun xo

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  6. I love making my own pizzas! It has become one of mine and my boyfriends favourite things to do. Experimenting what goes well and what doesn't (few too many of them)!! Such cosy nights in with our own pizza and crap on tv!

    Sian
    xo

    http://sm-beautyblog.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I definitely want to experiment more with toppings next time :) xo

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  7. We make a lot of our own pizzas especially because my partner is a vegan! I love how cheap it can be and quick! xx

    Charli | Secrets Behind The Closet Door

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    1. I'd actually love to try some proper vegan food! Do you eat the vegan food too?xo

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  8. I love this, might try something similar soon. There's nothing better than a Build Your Own Pizza evening!

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    1. Thanks so much Jenn, I'm really glad you enjoyed my post and I hope you enjoy a night in making your own pizzas soon :) xo

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  9. I've made homemade pizzas with friends before and it is such a fun way to stay in! The Tesco bases are such good value too xx

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    1. So much so, especially when compared to the cost of a takeaway pizzas xo

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  10. So glad you decided to post about this!! It looks like such a cute night, you cant go wrong with a night in with your girlfriends. I now have pizza bases being delivered with the shopping tonight lol thanks :) x

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    1. Ah thanks Laura! :) I definitely want to include more posts like this throughout the year and make it a regular think :) Enjoy your pizza making! xo

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  11. I'm not a big fan of pizza either, people look at me like I have three heads! :P but this sounds like a really fun night in :)
    http://lipstickandlightening.blogspot.ie/

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    1. It's much nicer when you make your own I think :) xo

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  12. I love making homemade pizza, I often cook pitta pizzas - so just toast a couple of large pitta breads, then cover them in tomato puree (or homemade BBQ sauce), your choice of toppings, and put back under the grill to melt the cheese :D Yummy and a healthy twist on pizza :D

    Georgina
    www.makeup-pixi3.com

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    1. You have to do a post on pitta-pizzas!! xo

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