None of the recipes we made was terrribly difficult, so why not have a go? It will be worth it to see the children's faces light up when they sit down to their tea.
Mini home-made pizzas make popular party food. You can set out bowls of all the various ingredients and then let the children choose their favourite toppings themselves. If they want to, they can decorate the pizzas by arranging the toppings to look like faces.
Makes 8 mini pizzas
250g/9oz plain flour
12 teaspoon salt
1 egg yolk
3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
3 tablespoons cold water
440g/14oz good quality tomato sauce
200g/7oz grated mozzarella
115g/4oz Cheddar, grated
canned sweetcorn, sliced button mushrooms, Pepperami, diced peppers ...
Place the flour, salt and butter in a bowl and rub with your fingertips until it looks like breadcrumbs. Add the egg yolk, Parmesan, parsley and water and knead the dough until smooth. Shape into a ball, wrap in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes. On a floured board roll out the dough until about 12cm (14in) thick and cut into eight mini pizzas using a 9cm (4in) plain pastry cutter.
Arrange the pizza bases on greased baking trays and spread each one with some tomato sauce. Divide the grated cheeses among the mini pizzas and add extra toppings of your choice. Drizzle over some olive oil and bake in an oven pre-heated to 400F/200C/Gas 6 for around 10 to 12 minutes or until the pastry is crisp and lightly golden.
Makes about 35 cookies
115g/4oz brown sugar
90g/3oz granulated sugar
15g/12oz white vegetable shortening
1 teaspoon pure vanilla essence
175g/6oz plain flour
12 teaspoon each of baking soda and salt
Heat the oven to 375F/190C/ Gas 5. Mix together the sugars, butter, shortening, vanilla and egg. Stir in all remaining ingredients. Drop heaped teaspoons of the dough, spaced well apart, on to ungreased baking sheets. Bake for about 10 minutes, until lightly golden. Allow to cool down a little before removing from the baking sheets.
Makes 16 boats
4 large oranges
2 135g packets of jelly
3 sheets rice paper
16 cocktail sticks
Make the jelly according to the instructions on the packet. Cut the oranges in half and remove the pulp without breaking the skin. Fill each orange half with jelly mixture, making sure they are filled to the top. Refrigerate until set. Cut the oranges in half again lengthwise (using a warm wet knife). Cut triangles out of the rice paper and secure with cocktail sticks to make the sails.