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Saturday 26th January 2008

Our West Island and her Mango Chilli Prawn Pizza

We Kiwis sometimes joke that Australia is our “West Island”, being as Australia is to the west of New Zealand’s two main islands, the Tasman sea being the only thing between us.
Everyone downunder also knows that there is a long history of competition with our neighbours, whether it’s been in sport, music or whatever.

Mango Chilli Prawn Pizza

However it is a loving kind of sibling rivalry and just like bigger siblings, the Aussies are always “borrowing” our stuff. Yeah, you know the stuff I’m talking about!

But in truth, many Australian and New Zealand things get a little mixed up. Even our own currencies - our coins were a right muddle until recently when New Zealand introduced several new designs.

Anyway, while things are busy being misplaced, borrowed or muddled between our two countries and folks are getting a little mixed up and confused, I’m considering taking the opportunity to “borrow” a few somethings or even “someones” myself… it’s only fair right?

One of the first people I’d choose to “borrow” would be Donna Hay. Isn’t she fantastic?! Well I’m certainly a huge fan!

Mango Chilli Prawn Pizza

Hopefully Donna will pack some yummy fresh Australian mangoes and prawns before leaving so we can make my pizza together.

Mangoes, Chillies and Prawns, together or on their own scream Australia to me. They symbolise the warmth and colours of ‘our West Island’ and it’s deliciously warmer climate. Not that New Zealand isn’t delicious, mind, and it must be said we did almost manage to keep my good friend and creator of the Hay Hay it’s Donna Day event. We had her for a darn good 35 years anyway, however, the call of those mangoes was just too great and Barbara recently defected to the West to get her fill. I do understand though and honestly if I couldn’t live here where I do, I think Australia would certainly be the next best choice.

Anyway, wouldn’t you know it, today just happens to be Australia day! So I’m quite happy to celebrate with our neighbours if they’ll let me, share some sisterly love and sing “Advance Australia Fare?! before tucking into some more mangoes on my Mango Chilli Prawn Pizza together with them.

Mango Chilli Prawn Pizza

I used Donna’s own recipe for the base and it is posted on our lovely host for round #17, ChichaJo’s blog @ 80 Breakfasts

Mango Chilli Prawn Pizza

I made 2 large bases and topped it with the following:

  • Mango Chilli Prawn Pizza Topping
  • 185 grams mozzarella approximately, sliced
  • 1 ripe mango, roughly diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 chillies of your heat preference, chopped
  • 2 to 3 spring onions, sliced
  • 300 grams prawns, peeled and deveined
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Preheat your oven to 220 degrees C.
  2. Roll out your pizza bases and divide the mozzarella slices between them.
  3. Scatter over half the diced mango on each base.
  4. In a pan heat the olive oil, sauté the prawns over a high heat very briefly together with the chillies and spring onions, just until the prawns are starting to change colour.
  5. Pour out the prawns, chilli, onions and juices onto your bases, season and quickly place the pizzas into the oven for 10 to 15 minutes until golden and bubbly.
  6. Slice and serve immediately.

Update: Joey has posted a fantastic roundup of all the Donna Day pizzas, check it out here



  1. Looks delish! Unfortunately, I’ve got a picky boyfriend that doesn’t eat shrimps OR mango, so I’ll have to save this yummy recipe for a girls night only-event :) Or make our kids love seafood and exotic fruits so we outnumber him… *mwahahaha*

    /Nilo (a Swede who found her way here through a massive amount of food-blogs :)

    Nilo — Saturday 26th January 2008 12:15 am

  2. Looks great Bron. Did you enjoy it?So glad you are back with us at HHD. Thank you for your kind words.

    barbara — Saturday 26th January 2008 12:39 am

  3. Now this is the kind of pizza I can live on. You’ve made me insanely hungry, Bron.

    Cynthia — Saturday 26th January 2008 6:13 am

  4. yummy yummy yummy!! that’s a good idea to match this kind with a salsa. simply yummy, bron!

    arfi — Saturday 26th January 2008 10:14 am

  5. This looks absolutely delicious. I love the combination of mangos and prawns and I especially love prawns on pizza.

    Beautifully photographed.


    jasmine — Monday 28th January 2008 5:00 am

  6. mmmm! I am currently re-visiting my old FNQ (Far North Queensland) haunts, and luckily catching the tail end of the local mango season, horray! this looks spectacular, as usual! :)

    zoe — Monday 28th January 2008 2:34 pm

  7. Hi Nilo, what a shame, all the more for you though! ;-)

    Thanks Barbara, we sure did enjoy it!

    Hello Cynthia, thank you

    Thank you Arfi

    Hi Jasmine, thank you for your kind words

    Hey Zoe, thanks heaps! Lucky you having fresh local mango!

    bron — Monday 28th January 2008 4:03 pm

  8. That looks absolutely delicious Bron! And you know what? Mangoes, chilies, and prawns remind me of my home country too (Philippines) :) If ever you get the chance, you should try our mangoes…Yummy too! I guess we all have more in common than immediately apparent :)

    Great entry! Thanks for joining HHDD!

    joey — Tuesday 29th January 2008 4:25 am

  9. this looks incredible - and a wonderful photo! i didn’t have time to take part in this session of HHDD :/ I’m glad you did, though!

    tami — Tuesday 29th January 2008 1:57 pm

  10. That pizza crust looks so good,
    Shrimps and mango sounds like a perfect match also,
    I wanna try this pizza badly!

    Cindy — Sunday 3rd February 2008 8:50 pm

  11. That pizza looks really tasty!

    Kevin — Monday 4th February 2008 12:33 pm

  12. Love the combinations of flavors and ingredients! Fabulous entry!!

    Tartelette — Tuesday 5th February 2008 6:12 pm

  13. Wow, this looks really good! We both have good seafood and probably the best mangoes… in the PHilippines. I love this HHDD thing. Thanks!

    corrine — Monday 11th February 2008 3:23 am

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