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Thursday, 13 August 2015

Baker day

Buy a packet of bread mix and get the children to bake their own lunch. Focaccia and ciabatta are especially satisfying to make as the olive oil in the dough makes it wonderfully slippery and stretchy - and gives a delicious end result too.

To go with the bread, try making this super-simple tomato soup together:

You'll need
1 onion, finely chopped (or use frozen diced onion)
1 clove of garlic, crushed (or use frozen or puréed garlic)
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Half a teaspoon of mild chilli powder
Half a teaspoon of ground cumin
2 tins of chopped tomatoes
1 tin of chickpeas (don't worry if your family aren't chickpea fans - they won't notice them in the finished soup)
1 dessertspoon of balsamic vinegar
1 dessertspoon of apple juice
1 dessertspoon of tomato purée
4 teaspoons of stock powder/bouillon (low-salt for young children)
A kettle-full (approx 1.7 litres) of boiling water
Ground black pepper

Sizzle the onion and garlic in the olive oil in a large saucepan for 3-5 minutes. When they become translucent, add the chilli and cumin, and then the tomatoes, chickpeas, balsamic vinegar, apple juice and tomato purée. Pour in the boiling water and add the stock/bouillon. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Add pepper to taste, then blend well until the soup is smooth and velvety.

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