Thursday, November 16, 2017

Homemade Pizza.

Homemade Pizza
Learning intentions

High grade versus standard flour, Using yeast (activating and growing), Dough making and kneading, Rising the dough, Topping prep, Setting up the pizza, Baking and slicing, Students can compare a slice of their pizza combo with the others in the class.

Small bowl
Large bowl
Measuring cup/spoons
Rolling pin
Oven tray, oiled
Sharp knife and chopping board

Base Ingredients (per pair)
Dried yeast, 2 tsp
Lukewarm water, ½ cup
High grade flour, 1 ½ cups
Sugar, 1 tsp
Olive oil, 1 tsp
Salt, 1/2 tsp

Tomato paste, 1 Tbsp
Onions, ½, sliced fine
Garlic, 1 clove, crushed and chopped
Cheese, Mozzarella, half cup grated
Plus toppings of your own choice (meats, sauces, vegetables)
Oven on to 2000C.
1.    Mix yeast with warm water and sugar in a small bowl. Leave for 5-10 minutes to activate on warm stove top.
2.    Sieve the dry ingredients (flour and salt) in a large bowl and make a well in the middle.
3.    Pour activated yeast and oil into the dry ingredients and mix to form a dough.
4.    Knead the dough on a clean, floured bench until smooth and elastic (10 minutes solid).
5.    Place back in an oiled bowl and let rise on stove top for 20 minutes.
6.    Prepare the toppings while you wait.
7.    After 20 minutes, remove the dough from the bowl and knock back.
8.    Using a floured rolling pin, roll out the dough to a circular shape.
9.    Place the pizza dough on the oiled oven tray.
10.  Smear the tomato paste on the base.
11. Arrange the toppings and cheese.
12. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the base is brown and crispy.
13. Slide off the oven tray onto a chopping board and slice up.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Chocolate Weetbix slice.

Energy (Chocolate Weetbix) Slice
Learning intentions
No demo: students read the recipe and do it themselves. Judging the best presented.
Making a slice, Icing the slice, Cutting the slice. Cooking Assessment check.
Small pot
Wooden spoon
Measuring cups/spoons
Loaf tin and cooling rack
Baking paper
Large Bowl
Ingredients (per pair)
Butter, 100g
Sugar, ¼ cup
Flour, 3/4 cup
Weetbix, 2, crushed
Baking powder, 1/2 tsp
Cocoa, 2 tsp
Coconut, 1/4 cup
Hot water, 3 Tbsp
Icing sugar, ½ cup
Cocoa, 1 tsp
2 knobs of butter, melted
Hot water, 3 tsp
Oven on to 1800C.
1.    Melt the butter and sugar in a small pot. Don’t burn the butter!
2.    Sieve the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa, baking powder) into a large bowl.
3.    Add the crushed weetbix and coconut.
4.    Pour over the melted butter and sugar and mix together well. Add the water too.
5.    Lay the baking paper in the bottom of the loaf tin.
6.    Scrape the slice mix into the tin and press down to compact it.
7.    Bake for 15-20 minutes.
8.    Make the chocolate icing.
9.    Remove the slice from the oven and let cool down in the tin for a bit before removing.

10.  Place on a plate and ice with chocolate icing.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Macaroni Cheese.

Macaroni (Maccheroni) Cheese

Learning Intentions
How to cook pasta without being killed by the mafia,  Making a roux (white sauce) successfully, Discussing the energy found in pasta (carbohydrates).

Small fry pan
Wooden spoon
Wooden board
Sharp knife
Measuring cup/spoons
Large bowl
Ingredients (per pair)
Maccheroni pasta, 1 cup
Salt, pinch
Butter, 25g
Onion,1/2, finely diced
Flour, 2 Tbsp
Bacon, 3 rashers or 1 ramekin bacon pieces, diced
Mustard powder, 1/4 tsp
Milk, 1 cup
Cheese, tasty, 1/4 cup
Salt & Pepper for seasoning
Parsley, 1 tsp, finely chopped
1.    Fill the pot ¾ full of hot water and bring to the boil (high heat)
2.    Add a pinch of salt.
3.    Add the pasta when the water is rapidly boiling. Stir to stop the pasta sticking.
4.    Boil until the pasta is “al dente” (soft but firm). Taste to check.
5.    Drain through sieve and place in large bowl
6.    Heat up the fry pan (moderate heat).
7.    Add the butter and melt.
8.    Add the diced onion and bacon and cook until onion goes clear and soft.
9.    Add the flour and stir in until it goes frothy (making a roux)
10. Add mustard powder.
11. Take the pan off the heat and add the milk gradually, a bit at a time. Stir constantly.
12. Place back on the heat and bring to the boil, stirring all the time. The sauce should thicken up.
13.  Add the cheese and stir through.
14. Take of the heat and season with salt and pepper. Add chopped parsley.
15. Pour the sauce into the bowl with the pasta and mix through.
16. Serve and eat.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Anzac Biscuits.

Anzac Biscuits
Learning Intentions
The history of ANZAC’s in WW1 (Western front and Gallipoli), The amazing oat biscuit which could survive the 3 months without refrigeration. What is golden syrup?, Getting the right consistency of the biscuit dough and cooking to right colour.

Measuring cup/spoons
Baking tray
Baking paper
small pot
Wooden spoon
Large bowl
1 cup plain flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
50g butter
75ml boiling water
1 Tbsp golden syrup
1/2 tsp baking soda
1.   Preheat oven to 180ÂșC and line baking tray with paper.
2.   In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients.
3.   In a small saucepan over a medium heat, combine the butter and golden syrup until the butter has melted.
4.   In a small jug, combine the boiling water and bicarbonate of soda.
5.   Add the baking soda and water mixture with the melted butter and golden syrup.
6.   Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly.
7.   Roll the mixture in your hands to make balls then flatten onto the greased baking tray, leaving room for them to spread.
8.   Bake for 12 minutes, or until golden brown.
9.   Remove from oven and allow to cool and harden.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Chicken and Potato curry.

Chicken Curry and Rice

Learning Intentions
Hygienic work practices with chicken,  Washing the rice to remove the starch, Process of curry making (flavour rich onions), Seasoning (Garam Masala), Warning on levels of spice heat

Chopping boards (wooden for vegetables and white plastic for chicken)
Sharp Knife and peeler
Small Pot
Small fry pan
Measuring cups/spoons
Wooden spoon
Microwave bowl (for potatoes)
Ingredients (per pair)
White rice, long grain, 1 cup (to 3 cups of hot water)
Salt pinch
Onion, sliced, 1/2
Garlic, 1 clove, crushed and diced
Oil for frying
Curry powder, 1 tsp
Chicken stock, 1/2 oxo cube
Chicken, ½ breast diced
Potato, 1 medium, peeled, diced and microwaved for 2 minutes
Tomato puree, 3 tsp in 1 cup of hot water
Garam Masala, 1/4 tsp
Chilli powder, ¼ tsp (optional)
Salt for seasoning

1.    Place small fry pan on medium heat (4 on the dial).
2.    Add a little oil
3.    Fry the onions until soft, then add the garlic.
4.    Mix the curry powder and chicken stock together and pour over the onions and garlic. Don’t burn it, take it off the heat if it is.
5.    Add the chopped chicken and fry with the onion for 2 minutes.
6.    Then add the microwaved diced potato.
7.    Mix up the tomato paste with the hot water and add to the fry pan.
8.    Bring to boil (on 4) then simmer (turn the heat to low) for 15-20 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.
9.    Turn off heat and add Garam masala and Chilli powder if needed, stirring through.
10. Season to taste with salt.
11. Serve on white rice.
1.    Bring 3 cups of hot water to the boil.
2.    Wash 1 cup of rice in a sieve/pot until the water runs clear.
3.    Slowly stir in the rice to the boiling water (Be careful!) and add a pinch of salt.
4.    Bring back to the boil and boil uncovered for 10-15 minutes. Try the rice to check if it is cooked.
5.    Drain through sieve and leave in pot until ready to serve.