A fun & tasty family affair
Mairlyn Smith, PHEc
Put down the phone and head to the kitchen to make our healthy homemade pizza.
The first time I had pizza was in my Grade 8 Home Economics cooking class. It was made with a baking powder biscuit dough, canned tomato sauce, and mozzarella cheese.
Coming from an English-Scottish-Irish household, I thought it was the most exotic food I had ever eaten. I begged my mother relentlessly to let me make this amazing delicacy. After days of teenage nagging she caved. One bite of Italian nirvana and she too became a pizza lover.
Why not try a homemade pizza night? It’s a great way to get your family into the kitchen to create a meal together. Add a salad and a glass of skim milk and you have a fabulous family-friendly meal.
If you’re going to become a pizza aficionado then you’re going to need the toys for success.
Pizza stone: a large flat stone placed in an oven that has been preheated to 450 F (220 C). The pizza is baked on top of it. The stone produces an evenly cooked and crispy pizza crust. If you don’t have a pizza stone, use a regular pizza pan.
Baker’s peel: a long-handled wooden paddle that is used to slide the pizza on and off the pizza stone.
Pizza wheel or pizza cutter: a sharp rolling wheel for slicing pizza.