New Zealand prime minister Bill English- and his pizza Photograph: Facebook figcaption > generator >
The photographs, blurry and un-retouched, generated a culinary fus on Facebook and Twitter, with some Kiwis declaring they couldnt be voting in favour of a prime minister who so wantonly bastardised Italian cuisine.
Cant believe you posted this. Not has become a pizza snob or anything but assume that you have sampled real pizza at least once in their own lives? wrote one.
Why on clay would you promote such scrap? Would you help this trash to your international clients ?? or is this just for the masses?
Some also wondered whether the PMs light-hearted and apparently spontaneous pole was in fact an attempt to divert attention from more serious issues being debated in New Zealand including whether English should order an investigation into alleged war crimes by New Zealand soldiers in Afghanistan in 2010.
If youre trying to deflect tending from Afghanistan or the continued mismanagement of common pool resources youre doing a good job copulate because this is a monstrosity. Couldnt even keep the toppings from slithering off the basi? wrote one scandalized commentator.
Others however, applauded his efforts to cook simply and cheaply for his family of eight. Some enunciated tinned spaghetti and pineapple pizza was a wistful staple of a Southland childhood( English applauds from the minuscule farming world of Dipton at the bottom of the South Island) and they praised his budget-friendly dinner as an affordable option for beneficiaries.
One woman wrote: Yup “thats how we” realise pizzas growing up! Must be a Southland thing! Still attain them like this for my teenagers and they cherish them. Sometimes we use baked beans oops, maybe Ive just opened another can of worms
Unsure of the quality of Englishs recipe, the Guardian decided the only course to mediate was to engage a chef, find the key ingredients and play a taste test.
This correspondent is not unfamiliar with tinned spaghetti. For 2 week on a remote cattle depot in Australians Northern Territory, I dine tinned spaghetti sandwiches 3 times per day.
So what was it like?
Dominos Pizza in North Dunedin was willing to provide most of the ingredients( it doesnt do spaghetti) and an oven to enable our taste test.
The PMs special a tomato basi, layered with pineapple clods, bacon and tinned spaghetti took one minute to pull together and eight times to cook. It was sloppy and lacked texture, immediately descending to patches in my hands( we forgot to use Bills trick of draining the spaghetti sauce first ).
But it was good. Actually good. Good in the way straight-forward crowd-pleasers often are. Unpretentious, with immediate, uncomplicated flavours( cheese, tomato, bread ), and a surprising yum point. Devouring, I gobbled it up. I could have done with a spoon.
It is a pizza to be eaten swiftly, sans tablecloth, sans cutlery, sans fuss. In my opinion its just fine.