Parker has a weekly pizza day at school and even the other kids who bring their lunch from home usually buy lunch on pizza day. I remember pizza day from my school days and it wasn't ordered from Papa Johns or some other chain like the schools do today. I don't know where it was made, but what I do remember is it had seeds. I remember coming home and telling my mom about them. She didn't believe me at first and we finally figured out they were fennel seeds (I am thankful my kids know what fennel seeds are and they aren't some exotic ingredient). Anyway, I like to mix it up and send different pizzas each week so he doesn't get bored. This week I sent pizza with our old standby Vicolo cornmeal pizza crusts. See here for an example, but we (meaning Rob) usually make our own crust these days so this was a treat. I made a batch of Herbed Breakfast Sausage Patties from Vegan Diner early in the week, but I made it as a loaf instead of patties to use in all sorts of different ways for Parker's lunches. I crumbed some onto his pizza and it reminded me of the fennel seeds I used to find in my school cafeteria pizza. He requested kalamata olives, carrots, and mushrooms as toppings too. The pizza sauce was slow cooked earlier in the week from fresh tomatoes. He can eat an entire pizza on his own so I packed everything except a couple slices he ate with his breakfast (I had everything ready the night before and cooked it while he was eating oatmeal and getting ready for school).
Josie's party that turned into a little afternoon tea and I needed to use it up. The lunch was easy to eat, since school doesn't allow much time for eating this is key, Parker loved it and it with a little forethought it was easy to make that morning. Dema and Josie were happy to have pizza and Curried Puff Pastry Nibbles for breakfast (I was going to save the second crust and nibbles for lunch, but when they smelled it cooking they couldn't wait) so it all worked well. I want to try these with pizza dough sometime for a healthier take.
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