Easy Peasy Ham and Cheesey Pizzas

G2 was reading a book in the car this morning when he decided he wanted pizza for dinner, so I obliged…

Ham and cheese pizzas

The dough recipe I used was from Kidspot – Crazy Dough. As far as pizza dough recipes go, this one’s pretty easy to make – there’s very little waiting time so you can prepare it on the same evening you’re planning to make your pizzas. I did have a few issues with the recipe though…

  • In step 3, they said: Mix until you have a soft, pliable dough. If your dough is a little dry, you can add some more milk or water. I actually found my dough too sticky and had to add extra flour to make it workable. Not exactly sure how much flour I ended up adding but I’m guessing about another 100-200g plus/minus. The next time I try this recipe, I’ll be sure to reduce the liquid.
  • This recipe makes a bread-like pizza base so if you’re into thin-crust pizzas then this is not for you.
  • I don’t know how much everyone else eats but I thought the quantity of dough from this recipe is a LOT! I could half the recipe and still have leftover pizza dough after making a family-size pizza.


  • Kidspot – Crazy Dough (I recommend halving the recipe unless you making pizzas for a party, and reducing the liquid, then if the dough is too dry, you can always top up on liquid)
    • 1 1/2 tbsp instant yeast
    • 100ml lukewarm milk
    • 500g plain flour (I used a combination of high protein white flour and wholemeal flour roughly in the ratio of 2:1)
    • 1 tsp white sugar
    • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 1 1/2 tsp salt
    • 150g plain yoghurt
    • 1 egg
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • grated cheese – tasty, parmesan and mozarella
  • ham
  • tomato paste (I used a ready-made bolognese base sauce)

The verdict:

We didn’t put it to a vote this time but I’m guessing it went down well since everyone ate decent amounts of it without complaint until Daddy’s steak came out. The only feedback came from DH who said:

  • it didn’t have enough “chew” – not quite sure what that means
  • it was too thick, too much bread
  • perhaps a thinner crust next time

Sigh… so hard to please.

Savoury Muffins – Ham and Cheese

G2 told me he was sick of having sandwiches for lunch, so I decided it was time to try making some savoury muffins. They were baking in the oven when G1 said they smelled like the chicken and ham pasta we ate a few weeks back. Perhaps it’s because the ingredients are pretty similar – cheese, ham, paprika, and a dairy base (buttermilk vs sour cream). Similar ingredients, different presentation, minus the broccoli – what could possibly go wrong? So I packed them in the boys’ lunch boxes and sent them to school. I figure they’ll eat them if they’re hungry enough.

Savory muffins - ham and cheese


  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp chicken stock powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 80g butter, melted
  • 130g ham, chopped
  • 185g coarsely grated cheese (I used a mix of parmesan, cheddar and mozzarella)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 250ml buttermilk


  • Add dry ingredients into a bowl.
  • Mix in ham and cheese, then egg and buttermilk.
  • Spoon mixture into some muffin cups.
  • Bake at 190C for 20 minutes.

Recipes: Spaghetti Bolognese

Not exactly my boys’ favourite recipe – although they did enjoy it until I ruined it when I used a different base sauce – but the hubs and I do enjoy a bolognese pasta every now and then… I don’t really know how authentic this flavour is but then they say the best flavours are the ones that remind you of your own mother’s cooking and this is about as close as I can get to my Mum’s Bolognese sauce – easy style, of course! I kid you not – it really doesn’t get easier than this.

I’m sorry I don’t have a picture – I’ll add one in the next time I cook this recipe – but it isn’t hard to imagine what Spaghetti Bolognese looks like so you aren’t really missing much anyway.


  • 1 can of tinned chicken soup – we use Campbell’s
  • 500g jar of Dolmio’s Tomato, Onion and Roast Garlic Pasta Sauce
  • 500g mince beef, or a mix of chicken and beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • spaghetti No. 5 pasta, cooked al dente


  • Heat up the oil in a pot.
  • Lightly stir fry the onions.
  • Add mince meat.
  • Pour in Dolmio pasta sauce.
  • Add chicken soup.
  • Pour over pasta and serve.


  • You can add a sprinkling of oregano on top of your pasta just before serving if you like – we usually omit it because DH doesn’t like oregano.
  • You can also add in some grated cheese (a nice blend of tasty and parmesan goes really well) just as you serve it so that the cheese melts in the heat of the pasta sauce.

Recipes: Chicken, Ham and Broccoli Pasta with Cream Sauce

It’s been a while since we tried a new recipe for dinner and I figured it was time to make another attempt to expand the palates of my fussy eaters. Fresh back from the land down under with favourable results eating a carbonara pasta, I was encouraged to try this simple cream-based pasta recipe…

Tried a #cream #sauce #pasta #recipe on the family tonight with a lot of trepidation. Wasn't sure if we were going to have hungry boys at bedtime...


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic puree
  • 200g mince chicken
  • 200g chicken, cubed
  • 1 slice of ham
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 cube of chicken stock
  • 1 cup of water
  • 250g sour cream
  • broccoli
  • cooked pasta of your choice (e.g. penne, fettucine, spaghetti, etc.)


  • Cut up the broccoli, wash it and cook it in the microwave for 2 minutes. Set aside.
  • Mix the garlic puree, chicken stock, paprika and water in a bowl. Set aside.
  • In a pan, add the olive oil and stir fry the chicken and ham.
  • Stir in the chicken stock mixture.
  • Stir in the sour cream.
  • Toss in the broccoli and mix everything well.
  • Mix in the pasta and serve.


  • I used galic puree because I find it convenient. You can mince garlic bulbs if you prefer.
  • I used penne in this recipe with disastrous results since I underestimated just how much my fussy boys would protest against a change in pasta form (you see they only eat spaghetti). Personally, I think the reason spaghetti works better is because it takes on the sauce more easily achieving a more optimum pasta/sauce blend.
  • You can add salt and pepper for flavouring but I felt it was fine without them.
  • You can also add cornflower to thicken the sauce if you prefer it that way.


  • G1 gave it an 8 out of 10. I think we lost marks because it was penne instead of spaghetti and because we had broccoli in it.
  • G2 gave it a 1 out of 10 and later a 0 when he realised he could go even lower.
  • Hubby said it was edible – definitely better than one of the carbonara pastas we ate in Melbourne. Either that carbonara pasta was really terrible or maybe this recipe was actually more than just edible…
  • Personally, I quite enjoyed it. I would happily make it again if the whole family would just eat it without protest…

Just in case you’re wondering why my verdicts are always favourable… that’s because I only write about the recipes I liked. The ones that I didn’t like never get published.

Going Green with Smoothies

G1 has discovered La Juiceria and, much to my surprise, he really loves it. I always thought the flavours were a little too out there for my fussy son but it turns out, I was wrong. He tried “Goodness Greens” – which is a combination of kale, spinach, celery, cucumber, parsley, apple and lemon – and he loved it so much, he even agreed to run laps if that was his reward. Really!?

We don’t have a juicer – not sure that I’m ready to invest in one either – so I did the next best thing… I made a really green smoothie:

  • a handful of organic baby spinach
  • 1 orange
  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 tbsp supersprout lemon powder
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 1/2 tbsp barley grass powder
  • 1/2 tbsp supersprout blueberry powder
  • 1/2 tbsp supersprout carrot powder
  • 1 cup ice
  • water for dilution

I wasn’t holding my breath but he drank it! And the best bit was that he said it was nice!

G2, of course, wouldn’t have any of it – not that I was ever hopeful – but at least I now know how to feed more greens to G1 without having to get into a battle over it at the dining table. I saved La Juiceria’s menu to get more ideas for future smoothie combos. Perhaps we can even try adding a little kale and parsley in our next smoothie…

La juiceria

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