Thursday, February 26, 2009

Entertaining for Vagabonds

I am on the road as many of you know, traveling about for work, training, racing, and hopefully somewhere in there pleasure (of course). One of the first things to go when on the road is the ability or moreso, the stability to throw down in the kitchen on a regular basis. Life seems to unbalance itself more when you are living out of a suitcase and not necessarily in a bad way. It is just hard to have a routine and find a rhythm to life when you have more life factors going on than the usual day to day (which is the case for me right now). I am not complaining, heck no! It keeps me on my toes and even better, gives me perspective. As I left Seattle this trip, I realized that something had fundamentally changed in me. I was no longer a wandering spirit, I am no longer someone who craves to be up and gone to the next biggest thing or after the next shiny object like I have been for a few years. I was worried for a while that I was forever going to be a malcontent who couldn't stand to stay in one place for a long time. But as I drove out of Seattle, I realized that things were different this time. Instead of relishing my vagabond status, which mind you I do appreciate the luxury of having, I realized that I am ready for something more in life. I am moving into a different stage of life. I have been on the cusp for a very long time, but this was the tipping point. I am ready to dig down and grow roots. I thought I was ready to do that when I moved to Seattle, but I realize now that I wasn't quite there and my experience in Seattle has illustrated that. But something changed and now my priorities are shifting. Instead of the next big short lived adventure or soul searching endeavour, I am looking forward to roots, routine, community and life building. Alot of the things that slip in my life on the road like blogging, writing, cooking, journaling, music and art, I want to find a place for and I tend to do those things more when my life is stable. Its a funny thing, but I like it.

But in the meantime, what I can do is thrive in the situation I have and work to change things where I can. It is not overnight. And in the meantime, I have to insert my passions into the fray where I can. One such occasion was two nights ago when I cooked dinner for my sister and our friend Robyn. I had to take a page out of the Sandra Lee Semi-homemade school since I was short on time, kitchen space, etc. I threw together a homemade pizza, salad and a side of brussel sprouts (for good measure). The pizza was a hit and Robyn was keen to take the recipe and use it for entertaining later in the week! When it comes down to it, homecooking is not that hard no matter where you are or what you are up to. I lived for 6 months in London where all I had was a hot plate and I never missed a beat on the homecooking. No excuses!


Vagabond Pizza


1 store bought ready made Organic pizza crust

Marinara Sauce

turkey pepperoni

Sauteed / roast veggies ( I used a combination of caramelized onions, garlic, mushrooms, bell pepper, squash, zucchini)

Parmesan

To construct:

Put a healthy layer of marinara sauce on the bottom, then the turkey pepperoni and a sprinkling of cheese. Artfully arrange the sauteed veggies and top with more cheese. Bake for 8-12 minutes, or whatever your crust insists. See easy. Throw together a quick green salad and you have a whole meal in no time flat.

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