Saturday 26th January 2008Our 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.
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!
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.
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
I made 2 large bases and topped it with the following:
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