5 February 2013

GUEST BLOG: Make some dough

By guest blogger SIOBHAN KELLY

Last Thursday saw the third of four sessions at Benchill Primary School in Wythenshawe and, once again, parents and children prepared ingredients and cooked together then sat down to eat as a group afterwards.

On the menu today was pizza, with homemade dough and tomato sauce, and luckily we had fantastic sized tables for kneading and rolling the dough for the pizza bases. Both parents and children got stuck into the fun of making the dough - sleeves were rolled up, and it was a real hands-on experience and lots of fun for the children! With rolling pins at the ready, there was some enthusiastic rolling into shapes and sizes of their choice. We even had a heart-shaped pizza base made by the youngest, aged three - what a lovely idea!

Next was the chopping of red onions and garlic to add to tinned tomatoes for the basic tomato sauce, which was left to cook on the stove top. This was followed by the slicing of red, green and yellow peppers, pineapple chunks, tomatoes and olives for the pizza toppings - lots of bright colours for everyone to choose from to make their own bespoke creation.

As the pizzas cooked in the oven, it was time to clear up including collecting the bits of vegetable waste in green bags to recycle for composting. The smell of cooking food was working its way from the kitchen and we waited with anticipation for the feast… Once ready, the pizzas were a big hit. It's always a joy to sit and eat what has been prepared by your own hands. 

Recipe sheets were given out with the ingredients and cooking instructions for everyone to try making pizzas again at home, and there was an added treat of a bag full of vegetables for each family to take away. On the back of the recipe sheet was a breakdown of the cost of ingredients today, and for tasty, homemade pizzas topped with tomato sauce, veg, mozzarella and cheddar, an individual pizza costs just 76p; so much cheaper (and healthier!) than shop-bought or takeaway.

There are more photos from this session on our Facebook page.

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