A Farewell to Nagaland Warrior of Yard Sale Pizza

Written by: Sophie Taylor

We were lucky enough to sample the mighty food collaboration between Yard Sale Pizza and Rola Wala Indian street food. One hot, fateful night the two joined heart and body to create a pulled lamb, vindaloo inspired double-fermented dough sensation: the Nagaland Warrior. Though once we cried from charred scorpion chilli, now we must weep in mourning of the beautiful pizza that has finished it’s residency.

Yes, the creation has moved on to kitchens new. But let us reminisce on the flavours of this unearthly creation; where sweet pulled lamb frolicked amongst pomegranate and lemon raita, where green sandwich chutney fed into the fresh Fior di Latte Mozarella at it’s feet.

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A liberal tossing of coriander, though not welcome on my side of the field, provided a warm and nutty kick before we meet the true ball kicking essence of The Warrior: moruga scorpion chilli. 

Although it’s underbelly bore the fruit of the hottest spice known to man (topping more than 1.2million units on the Scoville heat scale) we took heart in the words “the burn only lasts about 15 minutes” and dived right in. Eyes wide my tastebuds leapt up, delighted, in a Bhangra dance party of salty-meets-sweetness.

But a short 20 seconds later those same peepers did fill with the tears of a thousand haunted elephants and my face evolved into that of a badly taxidermied water buffalo. When smearings of garlic and mint sauce would not quell my building fire and cider could not quash the increasing burn, I rode that buffalo over hot coals watching fellow diners carry out a hip swivelling thumka dance in my peripheries.

Approaching the other side of the firewalk I slowly began to see my friend in front of me, head cocked, wondering what new worlds I had encountered in the last fifteen minutes as she avoided the chilli bit. Mopping my brow, I grinned with enlightenment and grabbed another slice.

Here is our ode to the Nagaland Warrior, now sadly disappeareth from the menus of Ye Yard Sale.

Crunching I heard with you was more than crunches,
And crust I broke with you was more than bread;
Now that I am without you, all is desolate;
All that was once so spicy and tasty is dead.

Your coriander once touched this Yard Sale table,
And I have seen your mozzarella touch this craft beer glass.
These things do not remember you, belovèd,
And yet your touch upon them will not pass.

For it was in my heart and stomach you moved among them,
And blessed them with your lamb and with your burn so fast, so slow;
And in my mouth they will remember always,—
They tasted you once, O pomegranate and sourdough.

Collaboration specials are very limited edition usually, but other specials change in and out quite regularly. The core menu remains the same all year through – have a scroll through and remember to wipe the drool off your screen afterwards. 

Yard Sale Pizza Finsbury Park, 54 Blackstock Rd, N4 2DW. 

Original illustrations by Florence Shaw.

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