Amala stays in Qatar; I came to know her through my blog. She first contacted me through my Facebook page to say that she found my recipes useful and that her son Evan likes the cream of spinach soup and scrambled eggs a lot. After that she stayed in touch through my page and eventually added me as a friend using my personal id. Through the pics Amala uploaded on Facebook, I came to know how enthusiastic she was about cooking. When I saw the pic of mashed potatoes she had made for Evan, I realized that she enjoys propping up the dishes and clicking pics too. If you recall, I had shared the pic on Facebook. When we were chatting almost a month back, I asked Amala if she had planned on making anything special for Evan for Christmas. She said she was coming to India in the first week of December but she could make something before she left. She asked me what to make and I said anything healthy and yummy. Preferably something that didn’t involve refined flour (white flour) or too much sugar. She said she’ll make a pizza using wheat flour. She has never made wheat pizza before this so she was trying it out for the first time. After she finished, she said this one was even better than the regular refined flour pizza. She called this the “Happy Face Pizza”. 🙂
Amala said she made this pizza as a prenoon snack for Evan and that she tries different types of pizzas at home because he loves pizza. She usually adds lots of veggies and less of cheese. She added that Evan doesn’t leave her to cook at all and therefore she does simple cooking. She cooks for herself and her hubby just once a day, at night. But for the li’l man she cooks fresh food thrice during the day. In the morning she usually gives him some porridge or cereals, then she feeds him a presnack, and by 1 he takes his lunch.. He loves tasty food and wants something different everyday. Amala added that my blog was really helpful for her to get kiddie recipes…ahem ahem…;-)
Evan loves food but he is fussy at times. Amala says, the first 4 to 5 spoons go in his mouth very easily then we need to play peek a boo, read him his book, or show him some ads. Actually for breakfast, even I show ads from the newspaper to Devansh. That way even I get to read newspaper while he’s admiring all the cars or automobiles in the ads. 😉 What tricks do you use to your li’l one’s mealtimes interesting? I would love to hear from you; write in the comments section please. See you soon…
Try this happy face pizza recipe made using whole wheat flour—because a fun pizza doesn't always need to be made with stripped-of-nutrients white flour.
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 tsp instant yeast
- 2 tsp sugar (preferably organic)
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tblsp olive oil
- Yellow and green bell peppers (capsicum)
- Cherry tomatoes
- Garlic salt
- Mixed herbs
- Pizza sauce
- Mozzarella cheese (grated)
- Combine wheat flour, salt, sugar, yeast, oil, and warm water in a bowl.
- Make a dough by mixing all the ingredients either by stirring them vigorously with a spoon or you could use a food processor. (If you feel the dough is too sticky, add some more flour and mix properly.)
- Keep the dough aside for an hour. (It will rise as shown in pic.)
- Mix the dough again and let it ferment for 30 minutes.
- Coat the dish with a bit of flour and then roll the dough.
- On top of the pizza dough, spread pizza sauce, sliced veggies, garlic salt, pizza herbs, and finally mozzarella cheese. (In the ingredients list, I have mentioned the veggies used by Amala, but you can use veggies of your choice.)
- Make a happy face on the grated cheese using toppings of your liking.
- Preheat the oven for 10 minutes, and then bake for 15 minutes on high temperature. (Amala hasn't mentioned temperature because it may differ for oven to oven. Use the highest temperature setting on your oven.)