Pizza Dinner for #cookforfamily

pizza2 My husband’s favourite foods are pizza and baguette. Yes, he will survive very well in both France and Italy. Whenever the question of “what shall we eat today?” surfaces, his answer will likely be pizza. Our family may well be eating pizza every other day, if he has his way around things. Fortunately, he doesn’t.

So, he has been on a “I want to eat pizza” mood for a couple of weeks, and since the family wasn’t quite well (the flu bug has been going around), he hadn’t had his pizza fix. He signed up for cook for family event, I suggested to him to kill two birds with one stone – have his pizza fix AND cook for the family. He gamely took up my suggestion and we had fun making pizza!


We modified a Jamie Oliver’s basic pizza dough recipe and had enough dough for four medium size pizzas. One of the pizzas was made with a tomato base and the other with a pesto base. We even had a splitza! Half ham, mushroom and peppers and the other butter chicken.


It was all hands on deck for pizza night! Yes, even my two year old toddler had fun adding ingredients to the pizza. Here in this picture, she is adding her favourite mushrooms to the pizza. I love this candid shot!


I made the above pizza with a pesto base, using a good ready-made pesto sauce. Spread the pesto as a base, heap on the ingredients to your liking, sprinkle with mozzarella and in the oven it goes!


And this picture brings me to the discovery of the day: Butter chicken pizza. Ok, I know what you must be thinking. This gooey mess of red? Are you kidding me? Well, we did go overboard with the butter chicken sauce, but trust me, this is the most delicious combination we have had on a pizza in a long while. Perhaps, it would have looked prettier if we had remembered to spread butter chicken sauce on the base, heap on chunky pieces of butter chicken with added onions and peppers and topped it with mozzarella cheese. But no, I forgot to spread the pizza base with sauce so I decided to drizzle it most liberally on the pizza. The result? This messy looking pizza that tasted every bit delicious.

So are you sold yet? What is butter chicken, some of you may ask. It’s this tasty chicken dish that is sold at most tandoori food stalls and it is a fantastic accompaniment to naan. I say, it is even better on pizza.

The next time you are wondering what to do for dinner, consider making pizza and having fun with your family! Pizza making is one of the the things that is sure to engage everyone, from the oldest to the youngest. No real recipe, just your favourite ingredients mixed and matched the way you like it. After all, dinner together as a family is supposed to be fun!

Simple pizza crust
This simple pizza dough makes four medium size pizzas.
  • 500g bread flour
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • 7g dried yeast (not instant)
  • 1½ tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 325 ml warm water (43-46°C)
Pizza dough
  1. Sieve flour and salt onto a clean surface.
  2. In a large measuring jug, mix yeast, brown sugar, olive oil and warm water.
  3. Leave it to stand for about 5-7 minutes (the mixture should look foamy).
  4. Make a well in the centre of the flour.
  5. Add the liquid mixture into the well and slowly mix in flour from the sides.
  6. When the dough comes together, knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic (about 10 - 15 minutes).
  7. Shape dough into a ball and place it in a large flour-dusted bowl.
  8. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and leave it to rise until double in bulk.
  9. Remove dough from bowl and knead it gently to remove some air.
  10. Divide dough into four portions and cover dough with a piece of cling wrap for 10-15 minutes.
  11. Roll out each piece of dough till about 0.5cm thick.
  12. Use immediately or stack them up, cover with cling wrap and place them into the fridge.
Baking pizza
  1. Preheat oven to 205°C 20 minutes before pizza is to be baked.
  2. Place a baking stone (if using) in the oven while it is heating up.
  3. Place pizza on a baking sheet.
  4. Spread sauce on pizza and place toppings on top of the sauce base.
  5. Sprinkle liberally with mozzarella cheese.
  6. Place baking sheet on top of baking stone and bake for 15 minutes, or until pizza crust is golden brown.
  7. Serve hot.
Recipe is adapted from Jamie Oliver's pizza dough

Blueberry wholewheat pancakes for #cookforfamily

wholewheat pancakes

Yes it’s the Cook For Family event again and this time it’s for ONE WHOLE WEEK! It was planned to coincide intentionally with Singapore’s Eat With Your Family Day happening next Friday, 31 May. So, Cook For Family is encouraging everyone to join in the fun and cook a meal for your family this week!

I decided to kickstart this week’s cooking with these blueberry wholewheat pancakes. These are butter free (I used olive oil as a substitute) and made with whole wheat flour. The original recipe called for buttermilk but I used a buttermilk substitute instead. Simply add 1 tbsp of vinegar and top up with milk till it forms one cup. This gives 1 cup of buttermilk substitute.

little chef

I enlisted the help of my very young chef to make these pancakes. She’s running a slight temperature but she was very happy to help!

The resulting pancakes are fluffy and moist, but I want to try tweaking the recipe to reduce the amount of baking powder it called for. Somehow the amount that the recipe called for gave the pancakes a slightly metallic taste in my opinion. I happened to chat with a friend and she mentioned “aluminium-free baking powder”. It’s not easily available over here and I’ve never heard of it! Now I’ve got to go find it. Once I’ve tried it out, I will post the recipe.

If you wish to join the Cook For Family event, you still have time! You don’t have to be in Singapore, we have people participating from all over the world! Check out the facebook event link here.


Dishes of #CookForFamily Day 2012

I have finally found some time to put together a collage of some of the dishes cooked during #CookForFamily day 25 Nov 2012. It’s amazing when I see the variety of dishes put together, all for the purpose of sharing love and joy with our families. I am sure there were many smiles that were seen when the food was shared! It was also heartwarming to hear about brothers and sisters coming together to cook, parents and children cooking together, husband and wife putting a simple meal together. The togetherness, family bonding is truly the spirit behind #CookForFamily.

Everyday can be a day where we show our love for our family, through little things. Cooking is one of them. Continue to share your recipes, photographs and ideas on the #CookForFamily page here. Let’s encourage more and more people to cook for family! Cooking is fun! When you are doing it for your loved ones, it’s even better!

Share our page with your friends and we’ll see you at our next event!

Cook For Family Day

A couple of weeks back, I set about to organise a “Cook For Your Family” Day, an initiative to encourage more people to cook for their families by pledging to cook on 25 November. I found out through a fellow food blogger that Daniel from DanielFoodDiary had organised a similar initiative for food bloggers in July. I contacted Daniel and we have set up a facebook page – Cook For Family.

The event, Cook For Family Day is set to be on 25 November 2012 (Sunday), and we encourage everyone to pledge to cook for their family on that day by joining the event. It does not have to be an elaborate meal; a simple meal cooked from the heart goes a long way. It can be any meal of the day – breakfast, lunch, dinner maybe even supper! Thereafter, share on the facebook page your photos and experiences and encourage others to do likewise for their families!

A family that eats together, stays together.

Help us to spread the word by liking the facebook page – Cook For Family and joining the event Cook For Family Day! Anyone can join in!