Cooking with Mark

TOMATO & ARTICHOKE FLATBREAD PIZZA

Friday magazine art director and self-taught cook Mark Setchfield shares his weekly easy-to-make recipes and food bargain tricks
Welcome to my first food page. By day I am an art director at Friday magazine, working in publishing is where my passion for cooking started. I love to travel and explore different foods, collecting ideas from magazines and online; I’ll spend hours watching thirty-second how-to videos researching ideas I can take home to my small but well-equipped kitchen.
Most weekends you’ll probably find me wandering around a vegetable or fish market, shopping for fresh locally sourced produce. I’m originally from the UK where food shopping habits are very much a one-stop process or repetitive online orders. I have witnessed some hilarious results where my friends have clicked one hundred lemons instead of just ten.
With food waste and food prices escalating it can put a strain on your weekly food budget. I’m a food bargain hunter, I love trawling the aisles looking for weekly deals, some of my friends say I’m a food hoarder, but you’ll never see my freezer empty or my cupboards bare.
I’ve lived in the city for four years I have only ever ordered takeaway food three times, yes really, there is such a take-out culture in the region, just last week, arriving home I held the elevator door open for a pizza delivery guy. Balancing six huge boxes he was unable to reach the floor buttons, so I asked which floor he needed for the giant cheese-topped delivery.
WITH FOOD WASTE AND FOOD PRICES ESCALATING IT CAN PUT A STRAIN ON YOUR WEEKLY FOOD BUDGET. I’M A FOOD BARGAIN HUNTER

Stepping out the elevator got me thinking, don’t get me wrong I love a pizza, however, what I had just witnessed was too much, the cost, nutritional content (if any), all that packaging that will probably end up down the trash chute. This got me considering my evening meal. Stocked up from the market with tomatoes fresh basil a day earlier I planned to combine that with a few necessary ingredients, a tomato and mozzarella pizza seemed like a perfect evening meal? With minimal packaging, ready in minutes and no sharing, this was my homemade delivery.

Recipes, food styling and photography by Mark Setchfield

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