Bake It! Pizza Rolls
If you follow me on Twitter then you know that you can expect to see a tweet from me each weekday morning bemoaning the fact that it’s time to go and get Rich’s packed lunch ready. I’ll happily admit that I hate making packed lunches, I have no idea what I’m going to do when Miss P starts school.
Please don’t ask why Rich doesn’t make it himself. I’m likely to start ranting but let’s say the answer is because I can’t stand my kitchen looking like a bomb has gone off first thing in the morning. I also can’t face daily rows as to why it requires every single knife we have, just to make a sandwich. But there you go: he makes a mess, I can’t stand it and get annoyed so I find myself on packed lunch duty every morning.
I may love food and enjoy pottering about in the kitchen but I’m afraid I’m the most unimaginative person in the world when it comes to lunch boxes. Every day it was a sandwich (usually ham but changes occasionally rung with ham and cheese - see, I’m a rebel at heart), crisps, fruit, whatever cake I’ve baked the day before and a bar of chocolate.
He wanted a change, I wanted a change (preferably to not making packed lunches but something different from a sandwich would suffice) but I seemed to lack the drive to do anything about it. Then *bing* along comes April’s Bake It! recipe from Amy. Pizza rolls!
I already make something similar but I have no idea why I’d never thought of doing that kind of thing for Rich’s lunch box. I slung them in his box the day after baking them (oh joy, no sandwiches, no slicing cheese and cutting bread – must be into triangles, apparently they taste ‘better’ than when cut into squares) and waited. A rapturous phone call at lunchtime. Success, 2 happy people and (did I mention it before?) no sandwiches.
Since then I think I’ve made him sandwiches about 4 times. I resurrected my recipes for spring rolls, tarts galore, salads and yes, more pizza rolls. Now it’s just a case of throwing stuff in his lunchbox each morning and off he goes.
Amy’s recipe for pizza rolls is great, if a little messy at the rolling up stage but that may just be me. I’ve varied the filling several times now and they’ve always been successful. The ones in the photo are just basic ham, cheese and tomato as that was all there was in my fridge before shop day.
I have to make my dough by hand as my bread-maker is on (permanent?) loan to my Mum, but I’ve never minded doing it, there is something quite stress relieving about kneading by hand. Imagine something (or someone) that has annoyed you recently and off you go.
So, Amy, my thanks go to you for giving me the kick up the bum I needed to get me out of the dreaded packed lunch rut!