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Kindergarten visit: Mushroom and garden herb pizza

So the kindergarten came to visit us – after months of peering in the back door of the cottage and asking me if it was my home! And the whole term they had been cultivating some of the 30 boxes of mushrooms given to us by the Australian Mushroom Growers Association just in preparation for their very own pizza… served with a simple salad and loads of smiles… See you in the playground gorgeous kidlets!

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Fresh from the garden: mushrooms, fresh herbs, onion, garlic
Recipe source: Melissa
Makes: One large pizza

Equipment:

  • Bowls – 1 medium, 2 small
  • Salad spinner
  • Grater
  • 1 large oven tray
  • Wide egg lifter
  • Large wooden board
  • Pizza cutter
  • Tablespoon measure, scales
  • Kitchen towel
  • Tongs
  • Metal spoons
  • Serving plates
Ingredients:

For the pizza topping:

  • A small handful mushrooms
  • ½ tub bocconcini
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Small handful mixed herb sprigs to yield 1 cup
  • 20g parmesan
  • A small bowl of prepared tomato pizza sauce
  • Flaked salt and black pepper

ourkitchengarden.net What to do:

  • Preheat the oven to 220C. You can prepare the topping now while you wait for the oven to heat up.
  • Wipe the mushrooms and break into small pieces 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.
  • Tear each ball of bocconcini in half.
  • Grate the parmesan and reserve.

Assembling the pizza:

  • Scatter some flour on the table and roll the dough out to form an even rectangle to cover the baking tray.
  • Assemble the pizza directly onto the tray, flouring the tray 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 herbs over the pizza.
  • Drizzle the pizza with about a tablespoon of olive oil, then slide it into the oven.

Baking the pizza:

  • Bake the pizza for about 12 minutes or until the edges are very crusty and the cheese is bubbling.
  • 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 pizza is done, transfer it to the large wooden board using the wide egg lifter.
  • Cut the pizzas crossways into small squares, and lift onto serving plates.
  • Sprinkle the reserved parmesan cheese over the slices and then get ready to eat!

Notes: What other sort of vegetables could you use in a pizza? What sort of other pizza could we make?

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Pizza ai funghi e rucola

Why did the mushroom go to the party? ‘Cos he was a fun-gi to be with… boom tish! And this one has some peppery rocket sprinkled over, yum yum…

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

Equipment:

  • Chopping boards & knives
  • A frying pan
  • Bowls – large, med
  • Salad spinner
  • Measures – ¼ cup, tablespoons, teaspoons
  • Colander, grater
  • Scales
  • Paper towel
  • Wooden spoon
  • 2 pizza trays
  • Metal tablespoons
  • Wide egg lifter
  • Pizza cutting wheels
  • Serving plates
Ingredients:

For the pizza topping:

  • 1 handful mushrooms
  • 1 tub bocconcini
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 30g parmesan
  • A handful rocket
  • Aged balsamic vinegar

Tomato sauce:

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

What to do:

  • Preheat the oven to 220C.

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 and garlic until translucent but not brown.
  • 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 herbs. Roughly chop then add to the tomatoes.
  • Simmer gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until quite reduced.

For the topping: 

  • Wipe the mushrooms free of dirt using a piece of paper towel and finely slice. Drop them in to a big bowl, drizzle about a tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of olive oil and toss to combine.
  • Open the tub of bocconcini and cut each ball into 3 or 4 slices.
  • Wash and spin the rocket dry and then reserve in another large bowl.
  • Grate the parmesan and add it to the rocket with a tablespoon or two of olive oil and a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar. Gently toss to combine.

Assembling the pizza:

  • Scatter some flour on the workbench, divide the dough in two and roll to form two thin shapes about 26 cm in diameter.
  • Assemble the pizzas directly onto the trays, flouring the trays first.
  • Usingthe metal spoon, swirl a couple of spoonfuls of tomato sauce onto the pizza bases, spreading so that they become totally covered with a clean border.
  • Layer the bocconcini on top, spoon on the garlicky mushrooms, 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 in half first, and then each half into squares for each plate.
  • Lift onto serving plates and sprinkle with the rocket and parmesan.
  • Eat! 

Notes: Where does pizza come from? What other sort of vegetables could you use in a pizza? What sort of other pizza could we make? What other cheeses could we use?

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Mushroom and spinach omelette

This appears to be an easy recipe but many top chefs are judged by their ability to execute the perfect omelette! This recipe is almost a meal in itself…

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Fresh from the garden: eggs, spinach, mushrooms, garlic, chives, parsley, thyme
Recipe source: Melissa
Makes: 4 large omelettes (to feed about 24 people) 

Equipment:

  • Salad spinner
  • Bowls – large, 4 medium, small
  • Scissors
  • Fork, butter knife
  • 2 non-stick frying pans
  • A large wok
  • Wooden spoon
  • Garlic press
  • Tablespoon measure
  • Serving plates

Ingredients:

  • A large handful of mushrooms
  • A large bunch of spinach
  • A small handful: chives, parsley and thyme
  • 16 eggs
  • Flaked salt &black pepper
  • 50g butter
  • Olive oil

What to do:

  • Trim the mushrooms of any dirt and wipe clean with a damp piece of paper towel. Chop into thin slices and reserve in the medium bowl.
  • Peel the garlic clove and squeeze through the garlic press in to the mushrooms.
  • Wash the spinach in several changes of water, then shake dry. Roll up and chop into fine ribbons.
  • Wash and carefully dry the herbs, keeping then separate and picking off the leaves. Discard any stalks, and add the thyme to the mushrooms.Using the scissors, snip the chives and reserve in a small bowl. Finely chop the parsley and reserve in a separate bowl.
  • Break 4 of the eggs into each medium bowl, add a quarter of the chives and parsley to each, then whisk lightly with a fork and season with salt and pepper. 
  • Heat 25g butter and 2 tablespoons of olive oil in the wok over medium heat until foaming. Add in the mushrooms, thyme and garlic and carefully toss a few times to cover in the butter mixture. Sprinkle in a few pinches of salt, a grind of pepper, and then sauté until slippery.
  • Add a quarter of the chopped spinach to the wok and heat through until wilted and the liquid has cooked off.
  • Add a quarter of the remaining butter to each of the 2 frying pans and then when foaming, pour one of the bowls of whisked egg mixture to each and gently rotate the pan to distribute. Cook for 20 seconds or so, until it begins to bubble, then draw the egg into the centre with the wooden spoon and rotate the pan again to redistribute the uncooked egg.
  • The omelettes are cooked when the base is set, but is still slightly runny in the middle.
  • Slide a quarter of the mushroom and spinach mixture onto one half of one omelette, fold the other half over to form a half-moon and slice out on to your serving plate.
  • Repeat with the remaining 2 omelettes and the rest of the mushroomy spinach, and serve!

 Notes: In what other languages can you say omelette? Why do we leave the omelette slightly runny in the middle? Where does the word omelette come from?

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Omelettes aux champignons

This appears to be an easy recipe but many top chefs are judged by their ability to execute the perfect omelette! At home you can insert a little gruyere cheese or sliced ham, but we like it here with our garlicky, slippery mushrooms.

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Fresh from the garden: eggs, mushrooms, garlic, chives, parsley, marjoram
Recipe source: Melissa
Makes: 1 omelette

Equipment:

  • Salad spinner
  • Bowls – 1 large, 1 medium
  • Mezzaluna or scissors
  • Fork, butter knife
  • 1 x 23cm non-stick frying pan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Garlic press
  • Tablespoon measure
  • Serving plates
Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • A large handful mushrooms
  • A small handful mixed herbs: chives, parsley and marjoram
  • Flaked salt & black pepper
  • 25g butter
  • Olive oil

 What to do:

  • Trim the mushrooms of any dirt and wipe clean with a damp piece of paper towel. Chop into thin slices and reserve in the large bowl.
  • Wash and carefully dry the herbs, picking off the leaves and discarding the stalks.
  • Using the mezzaluna or scissors, gently & carefully chop the herbs without mashing them.
  • Break the eggs into the medium bowl and whisk lightly with a fork.
  • Add the chopped herbs and season with salt and pepper. Peel the garlic clove and squeeze through the garlic press.
  • Heat half the butter and 2 tablespoons of olive oil in the frying panover medium heat until foaming. Add in the mushrooms and carefully toss a few times to cover in the butter mixture. Sprinkle in a few pinches of salt, a grind of pepper and the garlic, and then sauté until slippery.
  • Wash and dry the large bowl and then scrape out the cooked mushrooms into it.
  • Add the rest of the butter to the pan and then when foaming, pour in the egg mixture and gently rotate the pan to distribute. Cook for 20 seconds or so, until it begins to bubble, then draw the egg into the centre with the wooden spoon and rotate the pan again to redistribute the uncooked egg.
  • The omelette is cooked when the base is set, but is still slightly runny in the middle.
  • Slide the mushrooms onto one half of the omelette, fold the other half over to form a half-moon and slice out on to your serving plate. Serve immediately!

Notes:In what other languages can you say mushrooms? Why do we leave the omelette slightly runny in the middle? Where does the word omelette come from?

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