Food Motherhood

MTT: A Pizza Party

September 5, 2012

 

Living in London our weekends were mostly spent eating, drinking or hungover. I dread to think how many days I wasted sleeping away my fuzzy head, but at the time we had no other pressures or worries and the biggest decision to be made was which pub we’d eat lunch in that day. I could take as much time relaxing as needed, as long as my brain was half way engaged on Monday mornings.

These days we like to fill our weekends up. They feel like they last longer for Will if we do, and for me they detract from the occasional monotony of childrearing and housework. But finding activities to suit all four of us is becoming harder and harder and inevitably leads us to the shops, which is not good because a) it’s busy,  b) I end up spending money and c) Elfie doesn’t particularly like it. Our other favourite past time is eating out but again this activity doesn’t exactly thrill the younger members of our family.

 

 

We really haven’t got out much as a family this summer, thanks in part to the crappy weather and the fact I’m rubbish at making decisions about what the hell to do but also because of Will’s hectic weekend schedules, so our time together is always really precious.

I had a bit of a brainwave for the last miserable Bank Holiday Monday: as it was tipping it down outside I put together a pizza party. Food + stuff you can roll out = fun for everyone.

 

 

I really struggle for family activities sometimes, especially on a budget, and get so bored with walking round the park countless times. I’d love to hear of any of your lifesaving child-and-parent entertaining activities.

Back to the Pizza. Elfie did end up eating most of her ham off her pizza before it was cooked, but it’s games like this that have helped her understand that food is made, it goes in the oven and then comes out cooked. Voila!

 

 

This is the simplest activity. All you need is the ingredients for pizza dough/bread (the ready packs of this are great, though I just made mine in my bread maker), a couple of cloves of garlic, a tin of chopped tomatoes, mozzarella and toppings of your choice. Finely chop the garlic and cook in some oil for a couple of minutes before adding the tomatoes. Simmer for about 20 minutes with some dried herbs (I use thyme and oregano).

I like to roll out the pizza dough on Polenta to give it a bit of somethin somethin, and I use polenta to stop the bases sticking to the baking trays. Cover in the tomato sauce then add your toppings. My favourites include:
– Anchovies, capers and red onion
– Ham, pineapple and mushroom
– Garlic mushroom and cheddar
– Anything with a bit of added pesto

You can literally stick anything on top of these pizzas, bake for 30 mins at 190 degrees C and BOOM. Dinner and an afternoon entertainment activity, all in one.

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16 Comments

  • Reply Nat - Tea, cake and make September 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Yummmmm! What a fun activity. I’ve found through the years working with children and my experience with nieces and nephews that they love to cook, and the pizzas look delish too.

    • Reply alice September 9, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      We’ll definitely be doing this activity again… next up, cakes!

  • Reply Kateq September 5, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Me and my husband have a pizza party frequently, we don’t have any children! (although one on the way). So if our activities equate to good kids activities we also like food on sticks parties (surprising the variety of food you can eat on a stick) and picnics (even if just in the garden/lounge).

    But pizza parties are the best!

    • Reply alice September 9, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      AHH food on sticks – I SWEAR it tastes better!

  • Reply Alex September 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I love this idea. Ramona absolutely LOVES eating out. (I quote: “We’re going to a resh’trant! Exciting exciting!”). However, it’s a bit hard on the old bank balance. I really have to let go of the control freakery in the kitchen and let her get more involved.

    I do find that whenever she gets involved with a household activity, she’ll end up acting it out with her toys as well. Living a learning!

    • Reply alice September 9, 2012 at 7:48 pm

      Ooh I’m jealous! Elfie is pretty good in restaurants but she gets a bit restless (thank god for stickers, pens and iPads!)

  • Reply HRynne September 5, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Love this idea, The other day I bought a load of felt squares and cut them into bread shapes and various sandwich filling shapes, cue 2 hours of absolute silence, playing and building us different sandwiches. It is so hard not to spend money doing activities. Red ted art and imagination tree sites are fab for rainy day ideas x

    • Reply alice September 10, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      Ohh that’s such a good idea! And thank you for the blog suggestions x

  • Reply Alice September 5, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    I know that half the fun is probably rolling out the dough but have you ever tried using naan breads as a pizza base? Really yummy and simple – only need popped in the oven for about 5 minutes

    xx

    • Reply alice September 10, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      Amazing – will try this, thanks! x

  • Reply Katie September 6, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    We do this a lot as well, Mads loves pizza and loves preparing them too. x

    • Reply alice September 10, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      It’s sooo delicious homemade! x

  • Reply Metropolitan Mum September 7, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    L loves anything to do with baking. Painting comes a close second. Other than that, we just do the usual things – park, playground, coffee shop, kids friendly restaurants, having friends over for meals or crashing their places.
    Don’t make yourself crazy about not creating ‘perfect family moments’. Kids are happiest when spending time with us, and I am sure yours aren’t an exception in that sense. Dxx

    • Reply alice September 10, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      We REALLY need to make more friends but they’re a bit ‘yummy mummy’ round there if you see what I mean ;)

  • Reply Janet September 11, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    We already make our own pizza (although I still haven’t mastered bread, despite the breadmaker) and I am so looking forward to Becca being old enough to join in like this. At the minute it just gets screwed up and thrown on the floor, and then she wants to get down by the time anything is cooked.

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