South Africa Pt. 1: Cooking With Kids & Pizza Bread Recipe
The main reason for my trip to Cape Town was to volunteer in a surf/swim outreach program with underprivileged kids from the local townships. In the mornings, we taught computer classes at a local school. Then, in the afternoons, we taught the kids how to swim so that they can eventually go to the beach and learn to surf with future volunteers. On our days off we got surf lessons and had time to site-see.
Being around these kids was an amazing experience and has left me wondering how soon I can go back to volunteer again. They were full of energy and helped me see a different perspective of their culture and lives.
Since it is currently fall in South Africa and their pools are not heated, we couldn’t always swim with the kids. On days that it was too cold to swim we would bring them into the nicer side of town to play sports or cook. Of course, I was excited on the days we couldn’t swim because I got to teach them how to cook!
One day the girls baked chocolate brownies. They were so excited and all wanted to help, which was awesome. They also got a kick out of how small I am and kept giggling because they were taller than me. =)
Pizza bread is a fun snack to make if you are cooking with children. It is easy to make and doesn’t take too long. It is also a good appetizer for a party or sporting event if you don’t have kids to cook with! I also really like how the French bread curls up when it bakes, it makes it much easier and less messy to eat.
- 3 loaves French bread
- 4 cups marinara sauce
- toppings of your choice pepperoni, sausage, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, etc.
- 6 cups cheddar cheese mozzarella also works
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- Slice each loaf in half to create two long slices.
- Spread sauce over each slice of bread.
- Top with your favorite pizza toppings.
- Cover each piece with cheese.
- Bake at 400F until cheese is melted and bread has folded together (about 5-10 minutes).