Friday, March 18, 2011

Green Eggs & Ham

To continue with our March Break Cooking Bonanza we decided to keep our Green Eggs & Ham dinner for St. Patrick's Day. Being about 1/16th Irish, this seemed a fitting time to try our hand at this culinary delight. I had ordered the Green Eggs & Ham Cookbook online but alas it still hasn't arrived so we had to wing it. 

For the kids I added green food colouring to the eggs before I scrambled them. I also mixed a little green food colouring into the butter before I spread it on their toast. And, last but not least, a little green food colouring on the ham. It all looked pretty scary to me but the kids LOVED it. With all that food colouring, this isn't an 'everyday' meal but it was a fun treat and activity with the kids.

Green Eggs & Ham (with Green toast and cucumber), a HIT! 

For the adults we went a little more gourmet. Instead of slapping food colouring on all our meals, I did a take on Huevos Rancheros. A tortilla topped with ham, fried eggs and a good dollop of salsa verde. Served with some avacado and spinich salad, it was Green Eggs & Ham but a little less scary looking (and as the kids pointed out, not as fun).

So, this ends our March Break Cooking Bonanza. It really was fun to do and the kids ate even better than they normally do because it was something they had worked on too. Lots of great memories!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

March Break Madness - Pizza for dessert?

If you remember, one of my plans for March Break was to have a March Break Cooking Bonanza. The kids and I were going to try out new recipes and have a little fun in the kitchen.

Well, we started the week with Pizza Pizza day. I'm not talking take-out here, I'm talking homemade pizza for dinner with a dessert pizza to follow. We had our friends over to share in the fun.

The boys spreading the cookie dough for the crust of the dessert pizza.

To make life a little simpler (and to give us time to play at the park), I bought a roll of pre-made cookie dough. The kids spread it out (between stealing bites of cookie dough) on a round tray. They seemed skeptical but when it came out of the oven, they were converts. 

The decorating of the dessert pizza was a HIT!

We melted the red chocolate disks used for candy making and spread it on the cookie for icing. Then the kids had free reign to decorate their quarter of the pizza with candies we'd bought from a bulk store. I have to admit, I was AMAZED at how many candies those kids could fit on each slice but hey, that's what being a kid is about.

Next it was time to make the real pizza. We divided the dough into 4 rounds and the kids were able to dress their own. A little sauce here, a lot of cheese there, a little pineapple on top and voila, we had 4 gourmet pizzas. 

Voila, a Pizza Pizza Extravaganza!

It really is true, if you include your kids in the process of making a meal, they do eat better. There was nary a crumb left on the plates and lots of smiles and laughter all around. It was a great day!

Next on the menu....Green Eggs & Ham. I'll keep you posted.

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