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Men’s Cooking Group – Easy Margherita Pizza

Delicious Margherita Pizza
Delicious Margherita Pizza

Easy Margherita Pizza

Ingredients

Base
300g strong bread flour
1 tsp instant yeast (from a sachet or a tub)
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling

Tomato sauce
100ml passata
Handful fresh basil or 1 tsp dried
1 garlic clove, crushed

Topping
125g ball mozzarella, sliced
Handful grated or shaved parmesan
Handful cherry tomatoes, halved

Garnish
Handful basil leaves (optional)

Method

Base
1. Put the flour into a large bowl, then stir in the yeast and salt.
2. Make a well, pour in 200ml warm water and the olive oil and bring together with a wooden spoon until you have a soft, fairly wet dough.
3. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 mins until smooth. Cover with a tea towel and set aside.
You can leave the dough to rise if you like, but it’s not essential for a thin crust.

Sauce
Mix the passata, basil and crushed garlic together, then season to taste. Leave to stand at room temperature while you get on with shaping the base.

Dough
1.If you’ve let the dough rise, give it a quick knead, then split into two balls.
2. On a floured surface, roll out the dough into large rounds, about 25cm across, using a rolling pin. The dough needs to be very thin as it will rise in the oven.
3. Lift the rounds onto two floured baking sheets.
4. Heat oven to 240C/fan 220C /Gas Mark 8. Put another baking sheet or an upturned baking tray in the oven on the top shelf.
5. Smooth sauce over bases with the back of a spoon.
6. Scatter with cheese and tomatoes, drizzle with olive oil and season.
7. Put one pizza, still on its baking sheet, on top of the preheated sheet or tray. Bake for 8-10 mins until crisp.

Serve with a little more olive oil, and basil leaves if using. Repeat step for remaining pizza.

Men’s Cooking Group – Moroccan spiced chicken (or halloumi) kebabs

The Men’s Cooking Group kicked off another enthusiastic season of learning,
chopping,
slicing,
stirring,
braising,
kneading,
baking
and making last week, with some Moroccan-inspired dishes packed with herbs, spices and a whole lot of taste!

The Men's Cooking Group at work
The Men’s Cooking Group at work

The group enjoyed a lively discussion about their favourite foods and recipes, and have devised a series of weekly menus that will take in both new and favourite cuisines including Scottish, English, Italian, Greek, American, Indian and Thai.

Delicious Chicken Kebabs! Our Blog Administrator is upset she does not work when the Men's Cooking Group are in...
Delicious Chicken Kebabs! Our Blog Administrator is upset she does not work when the Men’s Cooking Group are in…

Moroccan spiced chicken kebabs or (halloumi kebabs)

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large handful (15grams) flat leaf parsley
1⁄2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
4 skinless chicken breasts cut into bite size chunks ( or halloumi)

Method

If using wooden skewers soak them in water for 30 minutes

1. Put oil in blender and add the parsley, garlic, paprika, cumin, lemon zest and juice and whizz into a paste.
2. Put chicken or halloumi in a medium sized shallow dish and add the spice paste, then rub in, and leave to marinade for at least 20 minutes.
3. Preheat grill to high.
4. Thread the marinated chicken or halloumi onto skewers and grill for 10­-12 minutes, turning every now and then, until the meat is cooked. Serve with a squeeze of lemon.

Watch this space for more mouth-watering recipes, updates and cooking tips. The Hidden Gardens Men’s Cooking Group meets on Tuesdays from 12.30pm-2.30pm. The group is currently fully booked; if you are interested in future workshops please contact Natalie Davidson, Community Programme Manager, to find out more: natalie@thehiddengardens.org.uk / 0141 433 2722.

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Men’s Cooking Group – starts Tuesday 28th October

A group for men of all cultural backgrounds to meet, cook and eat together
A group for men of all cultural backgrounds to meet, cook and eat together

Update 23rd October 2014: The Men’s Cooking Group is now fully booked for this block. If you would like to be the first to hear about future blocks, please email Natalie – natalie@thehiddengardens.org.uk

Our Men’s Cooking Group returns for its second block on Tuesday 28th October. Running from 12.30pm-2.30pm for 8 weeks, it’s a group for local men to improve their cooking skills and share recipes. No experience needed.

In addition to a focus on supporting people to make healthier choices and improve their cooking skills, The Hidden Gardens has also been using food as a way to explore cultural heritage and identity, and to build bridges between different communities.

For more information, contact Alex Wilde – alex@thehiddengardens.org.uk

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