^^ It’s mesmerizing, isn’t it? Little hands rolling fresh pasta noodles. For nearly 45 minutes. What a fabulous activity! Just like Play Doh, only edible!
This week we didn’t have school on Monday so no Petits Chefs post to share. Instead, I thought it might be fun to show what my Cooking Basics boys got up to yesterday. This is the other cooking club I host each week, for the youngest boys in the school (Grades 3 and 4) and we’ve been working our way through Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution cookbook this term – I use it as a basic “textbook” for the younger boys because it really teaches excellent basic skills as well as recipes the boys love to make and eat. It’s still the cookbook I recommend to anyone looking for a beginner cookbook.
This week though, we ventured out into a recipe from Jamie’s recent book Super Food Family Classics (I reviewed it here and I’ve even cooked a couple of recipes with my older students’ cooking club – English breakfast frittata and the 7-veg tomato sauce) to make Jamie’s Spinach Pici Pasta hand rolled spinach pasta noodles that looked like a very fun way to pass an hour on Wednesday afternoon.
The dough is just “00” flour with spinach – the moisture from the spinach acts as water would in a regular pasta and also colours the pasta (and our hands!) bright green. It whips up quickly in a food processor and looks and feels a little bit like Play Doh. Then you get to the rolling part…
The boys spent nearly 45 minutes *just* rolling noodles and I decided (for once) to make life easy and we only made the noodles. We didn’t try to cook them, we didn’t make a sauce. Sometimes it’s better to do one thing really well than attempt too many things and not succeed (this is a lesson in life too!). The boys wondered “Is this all we’re going to do?” which I found amusing because, well, they’re making their own pasta. I’d say that’s definitely “something”, right?
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A Food Revolution Toronto contest!
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From now until Wednesday November 30th 2016, cook up a plate of Jamie Oliver’s Spinach Pici Pasta (recipe link below) from #FamilySuperFood for your chance to win one of five Jamie Oliver cookbooks thanks to Harper Collins Canada.
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Cook Jamie’s spinach pici pasta recipe with your family, snap a picture and share it on social media using the hashtag #CookwithFoodRevTO (and tag us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – @foodrevtoronto) and you’ll be entered to win a cookbook!
Eligibility and contest rules:
– Contest begins on Monday November 7th 2016 at 6pm EST on and closes Wednesday November 30th 2016 at 6pm EST.
– Prize consists of one (1) Jamie Oliver cookbook (various titles)
– There are five (5) prizes in total.
– Open to readers of the age of majority with a Canadian mailing address.
– No purchase of any product necessary for entry.
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– Winners will be required to answer a skill testing question.
Get the recipe for Jamie Oliver’s Spinach Pici Pasta here or in Super Food Family Classics.
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