Since there seem to be no satisfactory answers to life's big questions, it may be more worthwhile thinking about the little ones, such as: are pizza bases evil?
At first glance, the white, doughy discs in their transparent wrappers do look sinister. And everyone knows that pizzas aren't supposed to have pre-cooked bases.
But look at it another way: It does cut down your work by half, AND now that you've broken a cardinal rule of pizzas anyway, you're free to break some more!
You could move away from the whole mozzarella tomato sauce thing and create your own sauces. Imagine tandoori mashed potato pizza, a stir-fried greens pizza... the possibilities are endless.
So 3 cheers for pizza bases - they're acquitted in my court! I also discovered recently that it is scandalously easy to make your own wholewheat pizza bases.
I made a topping last night that combined cooked flaked fish with oyster sauce, lemon rind and tomatoes. There weren't any leftovers.
100 g cooked fish, crumbled
300 g tomatoes, halved
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic
1 tsp oyster sauce
2 tsp fish sauce
2 tsp ketchup
Grated rind of half a small lemon
Salt to taste
Coriander and cheese (optional)
Sauté garlic and onion until translucent and fragrant.
Add the tomatoes and stir them around on high heat until they sear slightly. This adds a nice barbecue-flavour to the sauce.
Lower the heat and add in the remaining ingredients (except the fish and optional ingredients).
Simmer until the tomatoes break down and the mixture becomes sauce like.
Somewhere in the process, I just pull off the tomato skins. This should give you enough sauce to spread on 5 5" bases.
Mix in the fish, spread on pizza bases, add chopped coriander and cheese if you like and grill or microwave until heated through.