So seeing as I’m going to uni September 2019 my parents decided to buy me a student cookbook so that I can actually learn how to cook as somehow even though I took food tech for three years from Yr 7 to Yr 9 I don’t seem to know how to cook anything but pasta! Heck I was toasting waffles for breakfast this morning and I managed to burn three! How is that possible all I was doing was placing the waffles in the toaster and waiting until it popped…
Anyways, for the first time in a long time I cooked a meal for my family, thankfully I didn’t majorly burn anything or cut myself in the process of chopping the veg! The recipe I followed was from ‘Nosh for Students: A Fun Student Cookbook’. I decided to start easy and so made mini pizzas using English muffins as the pizza base.
To begin with I chopped up one onion and one clove of garlic and fried them in a pan, this was a lengthy process! It took me FOREVER to chop the onion and I dropped a bunch of it on the floor as it made it’s journey from the chopping board and into the frying pan. I also nearly burnt the oil before I had even put anything into the pan, I then nearly burnt the onion but managed to salvage it with the help of my mum!😂 Once the veg was fried I added in a table spoon of tomato puree and a tin of chopped tomatoes. I let that simmer for longer than it should of, it should have been for 3-5 mins it was more like 7-10 for me.😂 Once that had cooked I added some seasoning and bish bash bosh, bob’s ya uncle, I’d made tomato sauce. Slight problem tho, I don’t like tinned tomato or chunks of onion so I had to use the mini hand blender thing (I don’t know it’s official term) to wizz it up into a puree.
I then wondered off for a few hours as I had made the sauce wayyy in advance as I needed to prep tea that night as we had someone coming over.
Once tea time was on the horizon I returned to the kitchen. I sliced all 6 English muffins in half and spread them with the tomato sauce I made. Thankfully my mum had laid out a bunch of pizza toppings, so it was easy for me to decorate them. I put mozzarella, olives and herbs on all the pizzas. I then put chills on all the pizzas, except for mine. Finally I added pepperoni to my dad’s and brother’s pizzas. I was feeling inspired at that point and took it upon myself to cut the pepperoni with mini cookie cutters, it didn’t really work. I was rather difficult and the shape came out a bit dog eared but it’s the thought that counts.😂
Overall, the pizzas turned out great! I surprisingly enjoyed myself while cooking them, I normally loath cooking, food tech was one of my least favourite subject- to the point were sometimes I would deliberately go slow so that my teacher would do some of the cooking or washing up for me. 😂 Cheeky! The recipe however, did say prep would be about 20 mins, ha they obviously haven’t met me, I think that took about an hour! Hopefully, I speed up over time but I think the most time consuming part was the chopping of the veg which will come with practice. Nevertheless, I think for a first attempt at cooking a proper meal in a loooong ass time, I did a pretty good job they tasted good and they looked nice so i think that’s a success. Unfortunately, I never got a photo of them once they were cooked but I guess they just tasted so good I didn’t have time to take one, hahah!😂
Let me know if you enjoy cooking or not and what the last thing you cooked was, I’m curious??
Thanks so much for reading,
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