Quick Fix.

As you know, I am rather pernickety when it comes to DS’ diet. Pizza is not something I would usually allow, however when it is homemade you know exactly what goes in, and what stays out. I am not a big fan of pizza bases, so I use ready rolled puff pastry. You can also buy ready rolled pastry especially for pizzas if you prefer. These can generally be found in the same aisle as butter in the supermarket; it took me quite some time to figure this out.

Making a pizza only takes ten minutes and it is self-explanatory so I will avoid going into too much detail. The main parts are the base, tomato purée, toppings and cheese. I use this as a great opportunity to add healthy toppings DS would not normally eat; as it all fuses together into the melted cheese, DS is oblivious of what he is actually eating. It is not that he dislikes the taste of certain food, but he finds the colour or texture most peculiar. If he was a talking child and you asked him whether he liked red peppers, he would probably say no. Little does he know, he eats these on a regular basis. I am not convinced when children say they dislike particular foods. Fussy eaters start from an early age, especially when parents make a point of avoiding certain foods.

Before

After

I also made roast potatoes and peas to accompany the pizza. Depending on how you chop the potatoes, you can also make wedges. Once chopped boil until soft, then add a generous dash of olive oil, a pinch of salt and black pepper. I sometimes add herbs such as basil, sage or parsley, when it is fitting. When all the seasoning has added, put the lid on the pan and shake; this makes the potatoes fluffy once cooked. Place in the oven at gas mark 7 (200 degrees Celsius) for 30-40 minutes, or until golden.

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