I have just updated my about page, lots has happened since starting this blog and it was time I did. Not wishing to go into unnecessary and possibly boring details, it suffices to say I went from working as a part-time professional, to a manager and now an entrepreneur both looking for and working towards a new adventure. It isn't an easy situation and as I write this post a few quotes come to mind. One of them starts with the phrase 'when life throws you a curveball...'. I am not a baseball fan, by all means, and I don't even know who penned the quote, or how the next part goes. But I am drawn to its meaning as I find myself being pitched my own unexpected curveball.
I don't know where this adventure will take me and the feelings I go through each day vary. There are the moments where both courage and resilience take the lead, but then there are the days when fear and vulnerability win the race. How do I get through it?, people may ask themselves in the same situation. I take it one day at a time and each day I try not forget that this is the time to invest in what is most important to me and to target the beautiful possibilities that can become my life. I rejoice in the days fuelled by resilience and embrace the slower vulnerable ones. Determined to take my place in the front seat of that which is my life, I am rolling up my sleeves, adjusting my rear view mirror and grabbing hold of the wheel.
And now let's focus on pizza and a cookbook! Why pizza? Because pizza is one of my answers to my curveball. I felt like pizza this week, and rather than order in or head to the pizzeria I thought, why not make it? Making pizza from scratch in the middle of the week is a true luxury, for me that is, because normally I would never have had the time. Time for now is in abundance. Flour, water, yeast, honey and olive oil are common ingredients I always have on hand and it is pretty much all you need to make a basic pizza dough. As for the toppings, I used what was in my fridge and pantry and added the ingredients that we love. The result was good, but my technique still needs work...oh and I got to get myself a pizza stone..no way around it to get the best possible crust. But all that really didn't matter because just making it, right in the middle of the week, from scratch made me just so happy! I felt so accomplished and so resourceful! I will pick a day in the week and dedicate it as pizza night always.
And now for the cookbook! I love cookbooks but don't often cook from them. Read them mostly, drool over the mouth-watering photos and make a mental plan of which day I will actually try the recipes I have bookmarked. I recently added a few new ones to my ever growing collection, and have (thanks to all the extra time on my hands) tried out different recipes from one book in particular - Dennis the Prescott's book Eat Delicious. Its a great little book, I have the e-book and so everything is little when viewed from an iPad! His book offers great tips on how to unleash your inner photographer and all of the recipes I have tried have turned out beautifully! His recipe actually inspired my pizza night and led me to discover the best ever pizza sauce 😍! Who would have thought you could blend tomato sauce, I sure never did and I am Italian! But one thing is for sure, I will from now on....
Stay tuned for more photos of recipes I have always wanted to try and challenging ones that expand my cooking repertoire. When I am thoroughly satisfied with the final result, I will add the recipe as well.
Happy cooking and happy eating, whichever activity you enjoy best!!
Book Description for Bossy Flossy:
Flossy is the bossiest girl around. She's bossy at home and she's bossy in school. She's bossy to her friends and she's bossy to her cat. Sometimes she's even bossy to her teacher! Flossy doesn't understand why no one will listen to her. One day, Flossy meets Edward, a boy who may be just as bossy as she is. Has Flossy finally met her match?
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Paulette Bogan admits she was bossy as a child. She is the author and illustrator ofVirgil & Owen, which was chosen as one of Bank Street Best Children's books of the Year 2016, Virgil & Owen Stick Together, which won a Mom's Choice Award Gold Medal for Picture Books, and Lulu The Big Little Chick, which won a Children's Choice Book Award. She lives in New York City with her husband, three daughters, and two dogs. They ALL think she is STILL bossy. But they've never told her to go to her room!