Updated almost daily. I am a mama of two, part-time event coordinator and aspiring food writer who is passionate about families spending time together in the kitchen. This space is a hodgepodge of recipes made for and with my children. Also included: cookbook reviews, fun party ideas, giveaways and much more. I live in Toronto, ON.
A simple outing to a near-to-us park inspired the lovely BBQ pizza dinner you see above. How so, you might ask? Well, this park, a new-to-me location, has a wonderful food-focused philosophy which includes a local and organic farmers market, food cart and bake ovens. The latter are extremely popular as local residents gather near the wood oven to make and bake their own homemade pizzas after a play at the park or skate around the rink, which is located a few feet away from the ovens. How genius is that?!
The park hosts Pizza Days, which run twice a week and for a mere $2.50 you'll receive a piece of dough, some sauce and cheese - and if you're visiting in the right season, feel free to wander off to the "pizza toppings" garden where you can select the items you'd like to add to your baked meal. I can't tell you how much I love this idea! You can also book the wood-ovens for a child's birthday party and for a small fee (and I really mean small when compared to the fees of many popular birthday party destinations) the bake-ovens are yours for an hour. Add in a quick soccer game, a skate in the winter, or a visit to the playground and your birthday party is complete.
Our outing to this park yesterday fell on a non-pizza day so we came home and made our own using the BBQ. They turned out great and if you haven't yet attempted to grill your pizzas I encourage you to give it a try. Not quite the same as wood-oven but great none the less, and oh so easy. Make your pizzas as you normal would and (after our experience last night) I would suggest placing the dough on the grill, and then adding the toppings right there at the side of the BBQ. We topped the pizza before moving outside and transferring the dough to the grill was no easy feat.
Happy Friday Friends...enjoy the weekend and if you're planning on having or hosting a BBQ, consider adding pizza to your menu - you won't be disappointed.