Create the ultimate summer fun on the patio with home-made pizza made with home-grown vegetables. It just couldn′t be better!
Pizza is always a hit with the modern family, and when made with the right ingredients, it can be both healthy and delicious.
Many consumers have become more aware of what they put in their mouths, as reflected amongst other things in the rising interest in ′grow-your-own′ or urban gardening culture. On the surface it's about being self-sufficient and growing your own vegetables at home, in the garden or on a balcony or terrace, while on a deeper level it′s about closeness, authenticity and care for the environment.
The vegetable patch - healthy and fun work for kids
These are positive and healthy values to pass on to the next generation, and if you make use of a specific dish such as pizza made from scratch, and get the youngest involved, they will practically play their way to climate awareness and quality consciousness.
The preparatory work of laying out the vegetable patch and looking after the herbs and vegetables as they grow is itself a big part of the fun. It creates both excitement and sense of responsibility for children to be involved throughout the process, and as soon as you start to harvest the crop, their attitude to eating greens will often change quite radically.
If you don′t have a greenhouse or the time to do it all from scratch, you can buy herbs and vegetables ready to plant out in pots or flower beds, and experience for yourself the joy of seeing how tomatoes, peppers and chili plants respond to care.
A pizzeria in the garden
With fresh vegetables and herbs at your fingertips, it′s a simple matter to make your own pizza with home-made tomato sauce and home-grown herbs.
Pick the fresh tomatoes and prepare an enchanting tomato sauce with fresh oregano and garlic - the smell alone is redolent of sunshine and summer. Let the children help to decorate the pizza with fresh basil and peppers, and you can be sure that they will scrape their plates clean that day!
Caption: Home-made pizza is a fun and healthy project for the whole family
Round off your dinner with lovely refreshing cup of iced tea with fresh mint:
Mix a handful of fresh mint with 500 g sugar, four organic halved lemons and three litres of boiling water in a large pot or bowl. Adjust to taste. Allow to steep for 1-2 hours, then strain out the herbs and lemons. Pour into clean, scalded bottles. Dilute in the proportion 4:1. The tea will keep for up to four days in the refrigerator, and you can vary the taste with one of the many different kinds of mints available, such as strawberry or chocolate.
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25 g yeast
200 ml water
1 tbsp. oil
½ tsp. salt
330 g flour
Dissolve the yeast in lukewarm water. Mix the remaining ingredients and knead the dough well. Allow to rise for half an hour. Roll out and cover with the topping. Allow to rise again for 20 minutes. Bake at 220 degrees for 25 minutes.
Tip for busy people!
Make the pizza dough the day before with half the amount of yeast, and let it rise overnight. This saves time, and is also good for the digestion.
Make a double portion of tomato sauce and freeze half of it, so that half the job is done next time.