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Get ready for 'Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day'

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On 13th September, it is Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day. Whilst this might sound like a nightmare, it is a day which really can be fun and is a healthy learning experience for your children. It may even result in a regular helper around the kitchen! 

The idea of the day is to teach children about nutrition and healthy eating habits by getting them involved in preparing each of the days meals. But not only does the day go some way towards fostering healthy eating habits in your children, it is also great if you work long hours and worry about spending enough time with your children.

Having a great set up with your kitchen furniture is important to enable your children to be able to help. A farmhouse kitchen table in your kitchen is the perfect spot to get your children involved, as it will be a better height than the kitchen work tops. Alternatively, draw up a chair to the worktop (a wooden dining chair is probably the best option so you can wipe off any sticky finger prints after use).

Then think about where you'll eat. A large wood dining table is great to get the whole family to spend time together. You may even be able to get your children to find what they need to set the table on your kitchen shelving and set the table while you do some of the cooking they're unable to help with.

In the kitchen, wood dining chairs are great as they are easy to maintain and clean. But if you have a separate dining area, fabric dining chairs provide a slightly more comfortable option so you can sit and chat or play some games with your family after dinner. 

When it comes to cooking, start with something simple and fun so your children will want to get involved again. If you decide to make cooking with the kids a more regular thing, you can always work your way up to something slightly more technical!

Pizza on Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day

We would suggest making homemade pizzas so your children can get creative building their own pizza by adding their favourite toppings.

Olive Oil Basil and Tomatoes

Ingredients 
For the dough (this recipe will make about 6 20cm pizzas)
500g strong white bread flour (plus a little extra for dusting)
Small pinch of sugar
7g sachet of fast-action dried yeast
2tbsp olive oil (plus extra for greasing)
300ml warm water
For the sauce
1 garlic clove
400ml chunky passata
1tbsp tomato purée
1 tsp dried oregano
Handful of basil leaves
Small pink of sugar
1 tsp red wine vinegar
Toppings
Ham, red peppers, olives, pineapple, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, cheddar cheese, pepperoni, sweetcorn (anything you like!)
Houmous and a simple green salad to serve 
Instructions
1. Make a sticky dough. Add the flour, sugar and yeast in a bowl and get your child to make a hole in the middle. Measure 300ml water which isn't too hot or cold and add it with the oil. Stir with a wooden spoon until you have a sticky dough. You can add a little more water if the dough needs it.
Pizza Dough on Kids Take over the Kitchen Day
2. Kneading. Scatter some flour over your work surface and tip the dough. To knead, stretch the dough and then make it back into a ball. Keep doing this for about 10 minutes (you might need to take over to make sure that the dough is smooth and elastic enough).
3. Leave the dough to grow. Brush a clean bowl with olive oil, put the dough in the bowl and cover with cling film. Leave it somewhere warm to let it grow (until it is about double the size).
4. Make the tomato sauce. Crush the garlic (either by grating or with a garlic press) and tip into a bowl and mix with the other ingredients. Stir until everything is mixed.
5. Roll out the doughHeat the oven to 220c/200c fan. Divide the dough into the amount of pizzas you want to make. Brush the trays with extra olive oil. Roll out the pizzas and then lift onto the trays. 
6. Finish the pizzas offSpoon onto the tomato sauce with the back of the spoon and then get your child to add their own toppings. 
7. Get cooking. Bake pizzas for 12 to 15 minutes until golden on the edges. Leave to cool and then cut up, before serving with salad and houmous (or whichever sides you might prefer). 

 Let us know how did your Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day went and what did you cook?

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