I remember seeing a recipe for pitta bread ages ago, which claimed that once you had made your own, you would NEVER buy it from the supermarket again…. Then a few days ago this recipe popped up in my Facebook Feed, so I thought I’d better give it a go!
It was really easy to make & I managed to schedule the making of the dough & the leaving to rise bit around my work calls #lockdown2020. The recipe makes 4 pitta breads, but I split the dough into 5 so we could have one each. Everyone loved them & have demanded that we have them again very soon.
We *love* flatbread & for years we have been buying it pre-made from the supermarket. However, in my quest to reduce the amount of plastic waste we generate I looked into making it ourselves & it is SO very easy to make, we haven’t looked back & I get the kids (5, 8 & 11) to make it whenever possible! 🙂
Here’s a link to the original recipe – we slightly reduce the salt & omit the herbs because the children prefer it plain. The recipe makes three flatbreads which is perfect for us (2 adults, 3 kids). I did get greedy once & made more, but it was just too much for us. I did then discover that if I baked it in the oven again for a few minutes, it made tasty nacho chips for snacking on the following day.
I’m always looking for quick & easy meals for the kids, especially ones which can be prepped ahead. I spotted these spicy bean wraps while having a nose around on the Vegetarian Society’s Website & thought the kids would love them. For a bit of variety I also made some carrot & hummus, and cream cheese & tomato ones too.
Strangely, neither DC1(5) or DC2 (3) were that keen on the bean ones, but luckily loved the other ones. I’ll definately be making them again though as DH & I really liked them all!
I just realised that I forgot to post a piccy of DC2’s birthday cake (it was ^only^ 5 months ago!)
DC2 adores Mini Mouse, so it seemed the obvious choice. DH did his usual thing of googling for an apropriate image, and making a couple of easy chocolate cakes.
After forming the right shape from the cakes, he cut out a piece of greaseproof paper the same size & shape as the cake, and copied the picture of Mini onto it. Using this as a guide, he rolled out and cut up the various coloured packs of ready-made icing he’d bought and then decorated the cake with them.
It always sounds so simple, but I seriously doubt I could do such a good job. Why not check out his efforts from previous years?
Extra chopped basil and grated Parmesan for serving
Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water and cook as per instructions on the packet.
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large pan. Add the garlic to the oil and cook over medium heat for 30 seconds. Be careful not to burn it!
Add the tomatoes, basil, parsley, thyme, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for five to seven minutes, tossing occasionally, until the tomatoes begin to soften but don’t break up.
Drain the pasta, reserving some of the pasta water.
Place the pasta in a large serving bowl, add the tomatoes and Parmesan, and toss well. Add some of the pasta water if the pasta seems too dry. Serve large bowls of pasta with extra basil sprinkled on top and a big bowl of extra Parmesan on the side.