Pizza Party Perfection

Originally published on: Kate Says Stuff

Sometimes when you live in the country it can be tricky to get to events in the city, especially when you need to factor in school, kinder and child care.

One of the GREAT things about living in the country is not having easy access to take away food (although my children may not agree with me there). When it is a 40km round trip and the food is going to be cold by the time you get home, it’s hardly worth the effort.

For the past few years we have had home made pizza night once a week. I make the dough in the Thermomix and the kids love topping their own pizza. I like switching up our toppings week to week as well.

The one thing that has been irritating about it is the fact that I’d always forget to turn the oven on earlier and the time they take to cook. When my kids want dinner they want dinner NOW and while I’d always have the bases made earlier in the day, the cooking time was apparently unbearably long.

I’d wanted one of those pizza cookers for the longest time and was very excited to find that Red Balloon had an Italian Pizza Master Class package available. It’s like the best home delivered pizza (package) ever!

We received a beautifully packaged box filled with goodies including the pizza maker itself and some gorgeous gourmet toppings.

 

 

RedBalloon Gift Box

RedBalloon Gift Box

 

The goodies

The goodies

My Own Pizza Maker

My Own Pizza Maker

Predictably we needed to give it a test run right away…

 

Gee! I wonder; can you guess which one the kids topped?

Gee! I wonder; can you guess which one the kids topped?

 

 

Oh! The Noms!

Oh! The Noms!

 

I’d always wondered if the machine would just be a space taker, but I can honestly say we are using it an awful lot. It is just as easy to spread some tomato paste and veggies on pita bread and cook for five minutes for a delicious lunch as it is to make a sandwich. Perfect for when the weather gets colder as well.

It cooks beautifully. Our bases are noticeably crisper and lighter and the five minute cooking time suits my poor starving never been fed before children.

Hot tip: If you are using fresh pizza dough coat the paddles in flour before putting the pizza in the machine so it doesn’t stick and end up all misshapen with the topping in the middle… I learned that one first time.

If you’re looking for a great gift for someone who lives a little off the beaten track, I can highly recommend this one!

Do you do home made pizzas? Are your kids as boring as mine? ;)

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One Comment

  1. Trish
    Posted February 13, 2013 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    I saw that Redballoon experience …great idea. Our pizza oven takes hrs to warm up.

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