Well hello, and a Happy New Year.
We ended last year with my daughter, who is ten, wanting to learn how to cook.
I thought an easy thing to do would be pizza - fully from scratch.
I found the recipe for Jim Lahey's No Knead Pizza on epicurous and decided that this would be one of the perfect starter recipes for her to tackle.
It is, without a doubt, the easiest pizza dough that I have ever made. Relying on fermentation rather than lots of kneading, the dough takes around 20 hours to create from scratch. It also costs around 36p for 6 very decently-sized bases; awesome!
The pizza below is topped with some cooked chicken breast, sliced mushrooms, sliced green peppers, sweetcorn, some slices of serrano ham and a sprinkling of mozzarella.
We have also decided that we are going to give her a budget each week for her to plan, budget for and prepare her own packed lunches for school. I am hoping that this will teach her not only how to be able to feed herself, and to a budget, but it will also help her mental arithmetic. It will also provide a creative outlet that will allow her to learn how to cook easy to prepare meals.