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Byline: EMMA JENKINS

This week was half-term so like many mothers I have been busy in the kitchen with the kids.Other than making lots of mess we have made pizza, bread and bread sticks, Rice Crispies cakes, burgers and savoury drop scones.

MychildrenMollyandJake's stocksaying of theweekhasbeen: "My turn, my turn" and my stock saying seems to have been: "Keep it all in the bowl!" Whatever the recipe we attempted the sayings were just the same.Theyhave crackedeggs, stirred, whisked,added, squeezed, chopped, grated and nibbled "chefs' tips" straight off the board.

Molly added powdered ginger to her bread dough and then sneezed like a kitten for ages and Jake threwwater-filled J-cloths on the floor, but otherwise we have had fun with our basic recipes.

I dedicate these recipes to all the mothers and grandmothers at Peter Lea nursery and look forward to hearing about their half-term kitchen antics.

Pizza bread & bread sticks Ingredients 1lb 10oz of plain white strong flour 1 teaspoon of salt 1 sachet of yeast 1 tablespoon soft light brown sugar A good slug of olive oil 16floz warm water Method Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl, exact measures are not important. Add the olive oil and the warm water and mix into a dough, turn it out onto a floured work surface and knead. Kneading is just working the yeast so roll it around the work surface out with one hand to the heel and then back with the other hand to the heel. Do this for 5-8 mins and then leave in a warm place with a tea towel on top to rise for about an hour.

I cut this dough in half to make one small loaf and three small pizzas while the off cuts make skinny bread sticks.

In the past I have cut the dough into six and frozen it in small balls. Pull out a ball in the morning, it will defrost and rise during the day, ready for homemade pizza for tea. Roll out the dough, spread with tomato puree and top with almost anything. Cook in a hot oven for 10-15 mins Savoury drop scones This is my grandmother's recipe, apparently my mum was brought up on them!

Ingredients 6oz plain flour 1 teaspoon of baking powder Salt and pepper 1 egg Milk Method Combine all the dry ingredients and make a well in the middle, beat in the egg and enough milk to make a double cream constancy.

Add your flavouring, we used cooked sausage, spinach and cheese (I have never seen Jake eat spinach before!). Sweetcorn and ham or flaked salmon, pea and chive would both be nice.

In a heavy based, non-stick frying pan add a splash of oil and lightly fry tablespoons of the mixture, turning after a minute or so. Allow to cool a little and eat straight away with tomato ketchup. Every one's a winner!
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Article Type:Recipe
Date:Feb 26, 2011
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