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Serves 4

4 pizza bases
4 small courgettes (zuccini)
Sesame oil
Teriyaki or soy sauce
400g (14oz) firm tofu
flour for dipping
Nanami Togarashi (Shichimi), Japanese Mixed Chilli Pepper - 7 spice mixture
200g (7oz) mozzarella
4 tbsp tomato sauce or passata

First of all cook the courgettes. Cut each courgette into 5 strips lengthways. Lay all of the strips on to a baking tray, drizzle over a little sesame oil and teriyaki sauce or soy sauce and bake in the oven for 10 minutes.

Cut the tofu into slices, pat dry with a little kitchen paper, and coat with flour. Sprinkle the floured tofu with some of the Japanese 7 spice powder and some salt.
Heat some vegetable oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and fry the tofu both sides until lightly browned. Drain off any excess oil with kitchen paper.
Now assemble you pizza as in the picture. Spread your tomato sauce first, then your slices of mozzarella and then finish with the tofu and courgette.

Bake in a hot oven for about 10 to 12 minutes until the mozzarella starts to brown.

If you wanted to you could substitute the tomato sauce with some miso sauce, tonkatsu or bbq sauce if you have some languishing in the fridge.
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Basic pizza dough
(1lb) strong ('00' grade or bread flour)
1 sachet of easy bake yeast
1 teaspoon of salt
(8.5floz) warm water

I use easy bake yeast because the results I get from it are good enough for me and it's quick and easy. If you want to use fresh yeast or other types of yeast then please do so.

Mix together the flour, yeast and salt in a bowl and add the warm water. Bring the mixture together with a blunt knife and then with your hands. Place the resultant stickyish dough on a floured surface and knead for ten minutes until the dough is smooth and a little springy. When you stick your finger in it should spring back a little. Add more flour as and when you need it.

Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover with cling film, and allow to rise in a warm place for 2 hours. It should at least double in size. The bowl should be airtight otherwise the surface of the dough will get dry and crusty.

Roll out you pizza bases on a well floured surface and top raw and cook from raw for best results.
Nanami Togarashi is a traditional Japanese seven-spice mixture and is a blend of red peppers, sansho pepper, roasted orange peel, black and white sesame seeds, seaweed, and ginger. I found some in my local Chinese supermarket but if you can't find it buy some online.
Teriyaki sauce is a marinade usually use on meats and fish for marinating prior to grilling or barbequeing. It is widely available these days in most supermarkets. If you want to make your own there is a bewildering quantity of recipes out there and all very differnt. There are only 3 ingredients you need: Soy sauce, mirin and sugar. Quantities below.
Teriyaki sauce
100ml soy sauce
100ml mirin
1 tbsp sugar
Warm the ingredients together in a pan and cool.