Dinner in the Dark: Homemade Pizza



I’ve come to a realization; since my oven has not been working the past two weeks, and load-shedding continues to hit home at dinner time… Nothing stops me from having a decent homemade meal! You know that old South African saying “’n boer maak ‘n plan”; well Shane and I have come up with pretty affordable, fun, tasty and easy dishes to make in the dark.


Cooking in the dark is certainly not easy; using knives and just being me with electricity on is a challenge in itself, so you can only imagine how I am living on the edge by just using candles and torch spotlights to see what I am cutting. Nothing, however, beats the fear of walking in the dark… not because I am scared of the dark or that I might walk into a wall (that happens with lights on – nothing out of the ordinary there); the scary thing about having little light shed in the house is that at any time my active ginger cat Rocco comes alive at night and becomes the ‘ninja of the night’. Anything that moves in the dark becomes target practice; walking from the kitchen to the lounge is treacherous. Often I would be merrily walking from the kitchen to the lounge and have my cat pounce me from the dark corners of the room, cling to my lily white legs and bite me for a split second and scatter off to his next moving victim. Your nerves would be shattered if you had to experience it, I know mine are, and that’s even when I am expecting it! If he is not pouncing us from the many different levels of attack spots, he rushes past you while walking… but I don’t mean rush past from the side, oh that would be too boring for him… he enjoys running through walking legs – often leaving Shane or myself bouncing off walls, leaping off one leg to another or on a long-winded-awkward-footplacing-hand-moving expedition through the house to avoid crushing the little scatter cat!


I can assure you though, the recipe for this next dish is not overly adventurous or frightening; it’s a good ole homemade pizza that will please everyone’s palettes. It’s a great dish to make if you have left over meat you need to get rid of.



Homemade Pizza

What you will need: Webber or gas braai with a lid
Serves 4 – 5 people



1 Packet Fresh Pizza Dough (we get from SPAR)
1 Block Cheddar cheese, grated
½ Red pepper, sliced
½ Green pepper, sliced
½ Onion, sliced
1 Medium Tomato, sliced
1 Tin Tomato and Onion mix
½ Punnet button mushrooms
2 Pieces Chicken breast, cooked and chopped
Sweet Chilli Sauce
Salt & Pepper
Italian herbs
1 Cup Plain Flour



  • Sprinkle the flour on the surface you will be working on, as well as your rolling pin.
  • Place the pizza dough on the floured surface and roll out to the thickness you desire.
  • Carefully peel the flat dough off the surface and place on the large pizza pan.
  • Spread the tinned tomato and onion mix over the base of the dough.
  • Sprinkle the chicken pieces evenly over the pizza base.
  • Place your peppers, onion, tomato, mushrooms over the pizza base around and on top of the chicken pieces.
  • Squeeze over dollops of sweet chilli sauce – don’t go to crazy with the sauce.
  • Sprinkle over the base with the grated cheese.
  • Add salt, pepper and herbs over the cheese layer.


Cooking instructions:

  • Use 6 – 8 pieces of charcoal
  • Place the pizza pan on the Webber once the heat is at a medium to low temperature.
  • Cover with the Webber lid.
  • Cook for about 10 – 15 minutes or until the base has become firmer and golden in colour and the cheese has melted.