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Autumn pizza with herby mushrooms and rocket

Pizza – and making, rolling and stretching out dough – is a surefire winner with kids, and you get to put any number of cunning vegetables on the top, in the form of pizza sauce and artfully decorated toppings… and the smell from the oven as the pizza cooks! Devine…

Fresh from the garden: mushrooms, fresh herbs, onion, garlic, rocket
Recipe source: Melissa
Makes: 2 large or 4 small pizza


  • Bowls – 2 medium, 2 small
  • Salad spinner
  • Rolling pins
  • Grater
  • 2 large oven trays
  • Wide egg lifter
  • Large wooden board
  • Pizza cutter
  • Tablespoon measure, scales
  • Kitchen towel
  • Tongs
  • Metal spoons
  • Serving plates

Tomato sauce:

  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tin diced tomatoes
  • Flaked salt and black pepper

For the pizza topping:

  • A handful mushrooms
  • Small handful mixed herb sprigs
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tub bocconcini
  • 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 50g parmesan
  • Flaked salt and black pepper
  • A handful of rocket

What to do:

  • Preheat the oven to 220C. You can prepare the topping now while you wait for the oven to heat up.

For the tomato sauce:

  • Peel and finely chop the onion and garlic, reserving half of the garlic for the topping.
  • Heat the olive oil in the frying pan & gently cook the onion until translucent but not brown.
  • Add the garlic to the pan, then open the tin of tomato and add to the frying pan with a pinch of salt and a grind of pepper.
  • Wash, dry and pick the thyme and add to the tomatoes.
  • Simmer gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until quite reduced.

For the topping:

  • Wipe the mushrooms and break or slice into thin slices into a big bowl. Drizzle with a tablespoon or two of olive oil and a pinch of salt.
  • Wash and carefully dry the herb sprigs – pick the leaves, discarding the stalks – and add to the mushrooms. Peel the garlic and squeeze through the press into the mushrooms. Stir.
  • Tear each ball of bocconcini in half. Grate the parmesan.

Assembling the pizza:

  • Scatter some flour on the table and roll the dough out to form 2 even rectangles to cover the baking trays.
  • Assemble the 2 pizza directly onto the trays, flouring the trays well first.
  • Using the metal spoon, swirl a couple of spoonfuls of tomato sauce onto the pizza bases, spreading so that they become totally covered.
  • Layer the bocconcini on top and season well, then scatter the herby mushrooms over the pizza and then the parmesan.

Baking the pizza:

  • Bake the pizza for about 12 minutes or until the edges are very crusty and the cheese is bubbling.
  • Use this time to make the dough for the next class if needed.
  • You may want to slip the pizza off the tray onto the rack for the last few minutes, so that you get a really crusty base.
  • Meanwhile wash the rocket and spin dry. Leave the leaves whole.
  • Once the pizza is done, transfer it to a large wooden board using the wide egg lifter.
  • Cut the pizza crossways into small squares, and divide onto serving plates.
  • Sprinkle the rocket over the slices and then get ready to eat!

Notes: What other sort of vegetables could you use in a pizza? What other pizza is there?

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Spinach, mint and pinenut gozleme

Bill says, “These parcels can be made with ready-made pastry, but they do taste that bit more authentic if you go to the effort yourself. They remind me of weekend wanders around farmers’ markets.”

Fresh from the garden: spinach, lemon, mint
Recipe source: adapted from a recipe by Bill Granger in the SMH
Makes: 8 gozleme


  • Stand mixer
  • Measures: jug, cup, 1/3 cup, tablespoon, teaspoon, ½ & ¼ teaspoon
  • Scales
  • Bowls – big, med, small
  • 2 non-stick frying pans
  • Salad spinner, rolling pins
  • A large knife, scissors
  • Microplane zester
  • Paper towel, tea towels
  • 8 medium chopping boards
  • Tongs, egg slice
  • Serving plates

For the pastry:

  • 1 teaspoon instant dried yeast
  • ½ teaspoon caster sugar
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil, plus extra

For the filling:

  • 400g spinach leaves
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 200g feta cheese
  • 2 large branches mint
  • Black pepper

What to do:

  • For the pastry: Measure the yeast, sugar, flour and salt into the bowl of the stand mixer and mix lightly. Then add the olive oil and 180ml to 200ml lukewarm water and mix on low for 8 minutes to form a soft dough until smooth and elastic.
  • Turn the dough out on to a floured surface and knead for a minute or two and then place dough into a lightly oiled bowl, cover with cling film and leave in a warm place to double in size for an hour or two, or into the fridge if needed the next day.
  • For the filling: Wash the spinach in several changes of water and spin dry, and then slice handfuls into 2cm wide ribbons. Measure out the pine nuts and dry-toast carefully in one of the frying pans.
  • Wash the lemon, wipe it dry, then zest it into a small bowl before cutting it into wedges and reserving for garnish. Wash the mint and spin it dry. Pick the leaves and then using scissors, snip into thin ribbons. You will need about 3 tablespoons’ worth of mint.
  • When the pine nuts are toasted, reserve in a small bowl and then heat up a tablespoon of olive oil in the same frying pan, and when hot cook the spinach over a medium heat for a few minutes. Remove with tongs into a sieve and drain any excess liquid. Place in a big bowl and allow to cool for a minute before stirring in the lemon zest, pine nuts and mint. Crumble in the feta and then season with black pepper. Wipe the frying pan clean with paper towel.
  • Divide the dough into 8 small balls. Using a rolling pin, roll each ball into a circle about the size of a large dinner plate and lift each one onto a medium floured chopping board. Divide the filling equally between the circles, spooning over one half of the circle, leaving a 2cm border. Fold over the other half and press the edges together to secure.
  • Heat the frying pans with a tablespoon of olive oil in each and then carefully slide a gozleme into each and cook for about 3 minutes on medium. Brush the other side with a little more oil then flip over and cook for a further 2-3 minutes. Keep warm under a clean tea towel while you cook the remaining gozleme.
  • Cut into slices and divide among serving plates with the lemon wedges.

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Sean’s linguine with shredded rocket, lemon, chilli and parmesan

This dish has been a staple on Sean’s menu since he opened in 1993, and continues to be one of the most popular dishes… a simple dish; great produce being the most important thing!

From the garden: rocket, lemon, chillies, garlic
Recipe source: adapted from the recipe by Sean Moran at Sean’s Panaroma in ‘Let It Simmer’
Serves: 6 at home or 24 tastes


  • Large stockpot
  • 2 large bowls
  • Chopping board
  • Grater, citrus juicer
  • Measuring jug, tablespoon
  • Scales
  • Tongs
  • Serving bowls



  • 500g linguine
  • 5 generous handfuls rocket
  • 100g parmesan (preferably Parmigiano or grana padano)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon chilli oil (see separate recipe)
  • 100ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper

What to do:

  • Three-quarters fill the large stockpot with cold water and bring to the boil.
  • Wash and spin dry and then coarsely shred the rocket into ribbons with a sharp knife.
  • Weigh to measure then coarsely grate the parmesan.
  • Squeeze and strain the juice from the lemon, then squeeze the garlic through the press and combine with lemon juice, chilli oil and olive oil in a bowl large enough to toss the linguine (you may need 2 bowls, so then divide the mixture between them).
  • Throw a handful of salt into the boiling water and let it return to the boil. Cook pasta until al dente – fresh pasta should take about one minute – then lift it into the prepared bowl with tongs, draining it as you go yet taking a slight drizzle of the cooking water with the pasta (this will lubricate and combine dressing).
  • Add the shredded rocket and parmesan, then season and toss together just before serving.
  • Divide into your serving bowls and eat immediately!

Notes: What is rocket also known as? What does to shred mean? What does al dente mean?

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Pizzette dough

Russell writes, “In the restaurant we make pizzette, which are slightly smaller than pizza, about 20cm in diameter rather than 30cm. As well as being prettier, this size is also more convenient – you might get two or three pizzette on to your pizza stone rather than a single large one. We use fresh yeast, which you can find in health food shops, bakeries and even by asking at the bakery departments of some supermarkets. Otherwise use fast-action dried (instant) yeast.”

Recipe source: adapted from a recipe by Russell Norman in the book of his restaurant Polpo
Makes: 12 pizzette


  • Large bowl
  • Scales
  • Measures – jug, tablespoon, teaspoon
  • Clingfilm or plastic wrap



  • 500g strong white flour, Italian 00
  • 2 teaspoons fine salt
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 300ml tepid water

What to do:

  • In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt and dried yeast with the olive oil and the water and form the mixture into a ball.
  • Now knead the dough on a floured work surface. To do this, push the dough backwards and forwards simultaneously with your two hands so that you are stretching it and then pushing it back down into a ball. Repeat this, giving the dough a good working over. You shouldn’t break into a sweat but it should feel like a little workout for your hands and forearms, and you should be feeling the dough getting more and more springy.
  • After 10 minutes of kneading, push the dough back into a ball, flour the top, place in an oiled bowl and cover with clingfilm. Leave to rise in a warm place.
  • After at least 30 minutes, but ideally when doubled in size, your dough is ready.
  • If you want to use the dough later, place the balls of dough on a tray, cover with a damp cloth and leave in the fridge for up to 12 hours. Just remember to take them out 30 minutes before you’re ready to use them.

Notes: Why do we have to wait for the dough to rise? What is this process called? Do we have to make allowances for different sorts of weather?

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Handmade orecchiette

Orecchiette resemble little ears, which is where they get their name, and is the traditional pasta of Puglia. A perfect orecchietta is just under 2cm across and has a slightly domed shaped which enables it to hold pasta sauce well.

Recipe source: adapted from a recipe by Lara Scala Quinn on
Serves: 4 starter serves or enough tastes for 20


  • Large stockpot with lid
  • Measures: cup, ½ cup, ¼ cup, tablespoon
  • Chopping board and knife
  • Baking sheet
  • Tea towel
  • Large bowl
  • Serving bowls

  • 1 cup semolina flour, plus more for baking sheet
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup water, plus more if needed

What to do:

  • Fill the large pot with water and set to boil with the lid on.
  • Measure semolina, plain flour and salt into a large bowl.
  • Using your fingers, swirl ingredients together until combined then create a well in centre. Pour 1/4 cup water into well and gradually incorporate flour mixture into water using your fingers.
  • Once all the water is absorbed, continue adding water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until mixture begins to form a dough.
  • Turn out onto a large, clean work surface and start to gather and knead dough, working it until no dry flour remains on work surface.
  • Continue to knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.
  • Divide dough into 8 equal portions, and cover them with a clean, damp kitchen towel.
  • Roll 1 portion of dough into a 45-cm-long rope.
  • Use a knife to cut and drag a 1cm piece of dough from end of rope facing you — a grainy wooden cutting board helps grip the dough.
  • Holding knife at a 45-degree angle to work surface, press and roll dough toward you.
  • Unfurl each piece of dough over your thumb in the opposite direction to form a concave shape, and transfer to a baking sheet lightly sprinkled with semolina flour. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • When the pot of water is boiling add the orecchiette and a tablespoon of salt, stir and replace the lid. Cook for 2 or 3 minutes until the pasta bob to the top.
  • Using a slotted spoon, scoop out into a big bowl with a little of the cooking water and then toss in a tablespoon of olive oil before adding your sauce.
  • Orecchiette can be stored at room temperature in a single layer overnight: cover with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap. Any extra orecchiette can be frozen up to six weeks: First, freeze them in a single layer on a baking sheet, then transfer them to a resealable plastic bag and return them to the freezer. Boil directly from the freezer.

Notes: What does orecchiette mean? Name some other pasta shapes. What do they mean?

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Chicken and shiitake dumplings with chilli and black vinegar sauce

Jill says, “Black-rice vinegar and chilli oil are sold at Asian food stores (Lee Kum Kee’s Chiu Chow chilli oil is very good). Round wonton wrappers are often called gow gee wrappers.”

Fresh from the garden: spring onions, ginger, garlic, chilli, egg
Recipe source: adapted from a recipe by Jill Dupleix on 
Makes: 30 dumplings


  • Stockpot and lid
  • Bowls – large, small
  • Chopping boards and knives
  • Microplane grater, peeler
  • Measures – jug, tablespoon, teaspoon
  • Scales
  • Fork or whisk
  • Tea towels
  • Slotted spoon
  • Serving plates

  • 6 dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 250g minced chicken
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1 mild chilli
  • A thumb-sized knob of ginger
  • 1 egg
  • 150ml soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Sea salt and pepper
  • 30 round wonton wrappers
  • 1 tablespoon chilli oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons black-rice vinegar

What to do:

  • Soak the mushrooms in hot water for at least 30 minutes.
  • Set a large pot of water to boil & then turn it down to simmer.
  • Drain the mushrooms, discard stalks and finely dice.
  • To make the dumplings: Peel and microplane the ginger to yield 2 tablespoons. Wash and trim spring onions. Chop 2 finely and julienne the remaining spring onion.
  • Carefully slice the chilli in half, scrape out the seeds and membrane and julienne. Reserve the julienned chilli and spring onion for the garnish.
  • Combine chicken, mushrooms, chopped spring onion, ginger, one tablespoon soy sauce, sesame oil, salt and pepper in a bowl, then beat the egg and mix and mulch it in well into the chicken mixture with your hands until combined.
  • Clean down and dry your work space. Lay one wonton wrapper down per person, then place a teaspoon of filling in the centre of each wrapper (don’t overfill!) and brush edges with a clean finger dipped in a bowl of cold water.
  • Bring three sides of each wrapper up to meet the centre, then press together to seal the edges to form a tricorne. Press again at the ends of each point and in the centre. Continue until you finish the dumplings.
  • To make the dressing: peel and finely grate the garlic. Whisk the chilli oil, garlic, remaining soy sauce and black-rice vinegar in a medium bowl.
  • Cook dumplings a batch at a time for about two minutes in simmering water until they float to the surface.
  • Drain and divide among the serving plates. Spoon the dressing generously on top, scatter with the reserved chilli and spring onions and serve.
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Lavash crackers

We always need something to mop up our soups, sauces, dressings or dips – or simply a scrumptious blob of egg yolk!

Recipe source: adapted from a recipe in the book Home Made by Yvette Van Boven
Serves: 8 or 24 tastes


  • An eggcup
  • Scales
  • Stand mixer and dough hook
  • Measures: a jug, tablespoon, teaspoon
  • Pastry brush
  • Baking paper
  • 2 baking trays
  • Oven mitts
  • Serving plates

  • 2g yeast
  • 400g plain flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil plus extra to grease
  • Approx. 250ml lukewarm water


  • A small amount of poppy seeds or sesame seeds, caraway seeds, ground paprika, cumin seeds or flaked salt

What to do:

  • Measure the lukewarm water and then out of the that, pour out an eggcup full of water. Dissolve the yeast in the eggcupful of water and then combine all the ingredients – except for the rest of the water – in the bowl of the stand mixer and mix together with the dough hook.
  • Start to pour the rest of the water in, a little at a time, until a pliable dough ball is formed. Pay attention, sometimes you need a little less water.
  • Knead the dough for about 5 minutes and then finish off on a worktop lightly dusted with flour until smooth and silky.
  • Leave to rise for an hour.

 At the beginning of the lesson:

  • Preheat the oven to 175C. Using a teaspoon of vegetable oil and a pastry brush, grease the baking trays.
  • Roll the dough into a thin sheet (you may need to divide it into several pieces), place on a big sheet of baking paper and then onto the greased baking trays.
  • Lightly cover with water, flicking with your fingers, and sprinkle with your choice of garnish – doing this in nice strips for example.
  • Bake the dough in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes until the crackers turn an even golden brown. Use this time to make the dough for the next class, if needed, and then clean up.
  • When the crackers are ready, remove from the oven, leave to cool for a few minutes and then break into equal parts. Divide among plates and serve with something dippy or saucy 😉

Notes: Why do we leave to dough for an hour? What other spices or herbs could you use? How many verbs can you name in this recipe?

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Beetroot pasta

This is the basic recipe for the pasta dough mixture as well as instructions on how to use a pasta machine.

 Serves: 6 at home or 12 substantial tastes


  • Scales
  • Bowls
  • Pasta machines
  • Plastic wrap
  • Chopping board & knife
  • Pastry brush
  • Poles and somewhere to rest them

  • 500g typo ‘00’ plain flour
  • 4 free-range eggs
  • 70g pureed beetroot

What to do:

To make the pasta:

  • Place the large bowl on the scales, reset to zero then measure the flour in to it. Add the beetroot.
  • Crack the eggs carefully into the small bowl, discarding any shell, then add them to the flour. Mix thoroughly with the wooden spoon, then tip the dough onto a clean, dry workbench.
  • Knead the dough for a few minutes, then wrap it in plastic film and let it rest for 1 hour at room temperature.


  • Fix the pasta machine to a suitable bench or table – if the surface is not thick enough you may need to place a thick book under the machine. Screw the clamp very tightly.
  • Clear a large space on the workbench alongside the pasta machine. All surfaces must be clean and dry. Press or roll the dough into a rectangle about 8 cm wide.
  • Set the rollers on the pasta machine to the widest setting and pass the dough through. The dough will probably look quite ragged at this stage. Fold it in 3, turn it 90 degrees and roll it through again. Go to the next-thickest setting and pass the dough through 3-4 times.
  • Continue in this manner (changing the settings and passing the dough through) until the dough has passed through the second thinnest setting. Don’t use the very thinnest setting, as the dough gets too fine and is hard to manage. If the dough gets too long to handle comfortably, cut it into 2-3 pieces using the large knife, and roll each piece separately.
  • Lay the pasta strips on a lightly floured surface & dust with a little more flour.
  • Attach the pasta cutter to the machine and pass through the largest rollers for linguine or the thinnest rollers for angelhair pasta, draping it in your hands to catch.
  • Carefully separate each strip and hang over a pole to dry.
  • Clean the pasta machine by brushing it with a dry, wide pastry brush & putting back in its box.

To cook the pasta:

  • When the stockpot has started a fast boil, gather your drying pasta on a large baking tray. Add a tablespoon of cooking salt and then the pasta to the pot, stir once and quickly put the lid back on.
  • As soon as the pot begins to boil again, take the lid off. The pasta should only take 1 or 2 minutes to cook from boiling. Taste to check – it’s important that the pasta remains al dente and is not overcooked!

Notes: Never wash the pasta machine – it will rust! Just brush down with a strong brush to remove the leftover dough.

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Pizza bianca with smashed olives and rocket

Try this for something different then – a pizza with no tomato? Crayzee…

Fresh from the garden: olives, rocket, garlic
Recipe source: Melissa
Serves: 8 at home or 24 tastes


  • A wooden chopping board & knives
  • Bowls – large, med, small
  • Salad spinner
  • Measures – tablespoon
  • Colander, grater, garlic press
  • Scales
  • Rolling pins
  • 2 large baking trays
  • Wide egg lifter
  • Pizza cutting wheels
  • Serving plates

  • 1 amount Hugh’s magic dough recipe
  • 1 cup olives
  • 1 tub bocconcini
  • 30g parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • A large handful rocket

What to do:

  • Preheat the oven to 220C.

For the topping: 

  • Placing one olive at a time on the chopping board, smash down on it with the flat base of the smallest bowl to dislodge the pip. Discard the pip into compost and reserve the olives in a small bowl.
  • Open the tub of bocconcini and tear each ball in half.
  • Grate the parmesan. Squeeze the garlic cloves through the press.
  • Wash the rocket and spin it dry. Chop into thin ribbons.

Assembling the pizza:

  • Scatter some flour on the workbench, divide the dough into four and roll to form 4 thin ovals.
  • Once rolled, lightly flour the baking trays and place 2 ovals on each tray, side by side.
  • Layer the bocconcini and parmesan on top, spoon on the smashed olives and the squeezed garlic, then slide the pizzas into the oven.
  • Wash and dry the wooden chopping boards and set them out ready.

Baking the pizza:

  • Bake the pizzas for 12 minutes or until the edges are very crusty and the cheese is bubbling.
  • Use this time to make the dough for the next class if needed.
  • You may want to slip the pizza off the tray onto the rack for the last few minutes, so that you get a really crusty base.
  • Once the pizzas are done, transfer them to the wooden boards using the wide egg lifter.
  • Cut the pizzas into small squares, lift onto serving plates, sprinkle with the chopped rocket and eat!

Notes:Where does pizza come from? What sort of other pizza could we make?

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Kitchen News – 24th October 2013

Week 3 already and it’s hot, humid and very smoky… scary to think what the rest of these warm seasons’ weather holds in store? While the mountains burn, the garden here bursts with produce… For a while there I thought that this term would be quieter than the last’s multitude of activities and extravaganzas but I’ve been deluding myself!

We have been welcoming the Year 2 students into the Kitchen Garden program these last weeks, so they’ve been boning up on all the safety issues related to working in a busy kitchen, and also demonstrating knife skills (and Bear Paw: RAAAARRRR!) with flair and precision. Next lesson will include the formal ceremony of Presentation of the Knife Licences…! The children also got a taste of kitchen lessons to come and managed to whip up some snacky antipasto snacks too while they were at it, (clever little cooks that they are already!) so we feasted on Bruschetta with smashed broad beans and garlic; Danish feta with lemon and thyme; Roasted capsicum and garlic cloves with herbs; A simple salad with edible flowers; and rolled out some crispy Rosemary and thyme grissini. Tutto bene!

The biggest news is that we have a new Garden Specialist! Allison has jumped into the role with gusto, and has already started lessons with the children. (Thanks to Emma for all your support this week!) Please drop in to the garden and say hi if you have a moment – and PLEASE consider volunteering for one of our 10 weekly lessons if you have an hour or so to spare! Or even put your hand up for a bit of Stink Bug extermination?!

On the menu this week: the gorgeous-hued Beetroot linguine with landcress, lemon and aromatic herbs; a super-delicious Green lentil and spinach soup; the most fabulous crunchy and spicy Eurasian slaw; and also hand-rolled out some Rosemary and thyme grissini to dip into Yotam’s hummus. Veg-heavy and wonderful – and very little scraps left for the chooks!

For loads of great photos from the week and recipes updated fortnightly, check back here!

Cheers all x

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