I met a Montessori mama on the weekend who has 2 sons (almost 6 & 7) who make dinner for the family one night a week each. I thought that was pretty cool & told Hug & he was thrilled at the idea...
I already had plans to make pizza that night but he said he had to start right away! We got a fun pizza book out of our collection & Hug chose a Toadstool Pizza! Pizza happens to be a great choice for a 5 year old - not only do they love to eat it but it's rather easy :)
I was on hand to help chop & light the oven & keep things happening in a sensible time-frame ;) but it was a success & I look forward to helping him become self-sufficient in the kitchen.
To make a toadstool pizza:
+ prepare the dough or store-bought wholemeal lebanese bread bases (which we did)
+ brush the bases with olive oil
+ layer sliced vegies onto the top half (only) - we used zuchini & yellow capsicum & mushrooms for T.
+ sprinkle the whole pizza with grated cheese
+ cover the vegies (top half of pizza only) with red sauce (we used a bottle of organic pasta sauce)
+ add spots to the toadstool (we used circles of feta cheese with sliced olive on top)
+ bake it! Hmmm... now I'm not good with temperatures or times so you might have to wing this part. If you really need me to I can look in the book but I'm pretty sure it was quite hot & just cooked until the bases went crispy. Yes, people, that's what kinda cook I am ;)
+ When you get the pizza's out of the oven you use kitchen scissors to cut 2 triangular shapes from the bottom half of the pizza which leaves a toadstool 'stem'.
+ Voila! Serve with grass made from chives - as in the book - or sliced green beans like us.