Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Peace of pizza

I've been feeling ridiculously busy lately, and also a bit lonely at my empty house. The first two days of the week saw some easy fixes for both problems, though!

Monday started quite stressful, and even involved some tears, but all my stress was literally wiped away by a gorgeous (and free!) massage. A friend of mine is a registered masseuse and she had a free hour so I started with a foot spa, then a scalp massage, a back, arm and leg massage, and then ended with a foot massage. It was fantastic and relaxing, and if massages weren't so expensive I think I would have one every day! It left me feeling so peaceful.

Then last night I went to a human rights group meeting and there were only four of us. My masseuse friend said "Can we go somewhere a bit warmer, maybe someplace with soup?" I didn't want to end up at some crappy restaurant with no vegan food so I very quickly offered up my house. I quickly threw together some veggie soup (literally a tin of diced tomatoes, a tin of chickpeas, two potatoes, a carrot and a capsicum, with some veggie stock and thyme) and we ate soup and wrote up a few documents to bring into an upcoming meeting with our state politicians. Everyone ooh-ed and ahh-ed over how quick it was to cook healthy, vegan food that was tasty. There's nothing like sharing a meal with friends!

But I was in a rush and thinking about politicians, so forgot to get a photo! So I'll leave you with a different take on pizza from a week ago, a combination of two recipes from Ultimate Uncheese. The base is the 'Quick Chickpea Flour Pizza', which is really more of a very thin pancake than a pizza. The recipe indicates that it be served plain, as far as I can tell, but I was bored with that idea so I topped it with 'Broccoli Pesto' and olives which was very, very good. The pesto recipe makes a ton, too, so I've got some in the freezer for future uses. This pizza was completely different from my normal idea of pizza, but it was good.

12 comments:

Lovliebutterfly said...

I'm curious to try that pizza!

kristy said...

Sorry to hear you haven't been having a good time lately. It must be difficult after living with Andy for a while too.

I keep meaning to say that I think you alone manage to make better meals than T and I together.

Maybe you focus on a trip to Melb or something else positive in the meantime :-)

VeggieGirl said...

Hang in there, Theresa!! Sometimes life CAN get busy and lonely - but you seem to be keeping busy, so that's good. Keep it up!

Oooh, I LOVE that you topped the pizza with broccoli-pesto (how enticing!) and olives - yum! I must admit though, that before I read the post, I thought that the pizza was a giant chocolate chip cookie-type dessert pizza, haha ;0)

Anonymous said...

Mmmmmm. I love Pesto! For more great recipes, check out http://iheartpesto.blogspot.com

Alice (in Veganland) said...

Arghhh, I hate stressful days that involve tears! they're the worst! but afterwards it can only get better.
The pizza looks SO amazing, that I think I'm going to buy that book next. So good.

Bianca said...

Wow, broccoli pesto?! How awesome! I can't imagine why anyone would want to eat an empty pizza crust, though...good thing you jazzed it up!

Vaala said...

Your soup sounds wonderful...it always surprises me how surprised people are at how quick and easy it can be to make good, satisfying vegan food!

the little one said...

A massage is good for so many things! Wiping away tears is definitely one of them!

Lisa J. said...

Hi! I just stumbled on your blog & oh boy does all this food look fantastic! I'll be adding you to my favorites list for sure & checking back to see what else you're cooking up.

Also, i'm interested to see your review on 'Making a Killing'

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

It must be something in the air that has us all craving pizza.

And thank you so much for the recommendation of Doctors without Borders. I’m definitely going to look into giving to that organization. (I’ve been wary about giving to Red Cross ever since I heard it paid Elizabeth Dole a salary of over $300,000/year.)

Vegan_Noodle said...

Nothing like a good massage to release stress and make you feel better!

I love showing non-vegans how easy it can be to throw together a quick vegan meal! Sounds like you are doing some great work with your human rights group.

Groover said...

Tears are cleansing.

I came home the other night and there was nothing left in the fridge except a couple of soy sausages and I found a large potatoe, an onion as well as a tin of lentils and veggie stock in the pantry so I cooked a "German Lentil Soup". Took me less than 20 minutes and Alberto was very impressed and asked me why I hadn't cooked this dish before. Truth was: I had made it up there and then. Now he keeps asking me to cook this yummy "German Lentil Soup" again ... :-)