Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Summer Fun

I had a hard time waking up this morning and mostly oozed from the bed to the kitchen. My stomach was still roiling but I knew skipping two meals just wasn't going to work (ah, the joys of missing a gallbladder). I sliced off some of the roast from last night and cut up a tomato that was on its last legs:

After eating I started to feel a little better, at least I wasn't going to hurl in the next five seconds. After an hour I felt back to normal. Good ol steak to the rescue!

Munchkin asked for pizza for lunch so I combed through my small collection of cookbooks. I've had great success with Your Lighter Side's Original Cauliflower Pizza Crust but I was feeling really lazy and didn't want to drag out the food processor. Well Fed to the rescue! Melissa Joulwan's, (of The Clothes Make the Girl) Meatza recipe looked quick and easy-about what I felt like doing. Best of all, Munchkin was able to help smooth out the "dough" I used the original recipe from the book but there is a Mexican version available on her website (in case any of you are needing a pizza fix as well.)

We made the crust and then spent the morning in the garden waging war on the weeds. By lunchtime I was starving, and I hadn't given any thought to pizza toppings. I found a few slices of prosciutto in the back of the meat drawer, plus a can of pitted olives and some shredded Parmesan. What the heck, they couldn't taste BAD right? I tossed those on the crust along with a 1/4 cup of Mezzetta's Homemade Marinara and baked till everything was hot and bubbly.

Since I was so hungry I decided to throw together a tuna salad as a side. Why? 'Cause it sounded good and I had a spinach plant getting ready to bolt that needed eating. I mixed a can of Bumblebee Very Low Sodium Solid White Albacore (the only canned tuna I've found without soy-WHY do they put soy in with canned fish?? why???) with homemade mayo, a teaspoon of mustard powder, a dash of salt and pepper, a small stalk of celery, and half a canned peach (from last year's canning experiment). I love mixing sweet and savory items together and this salad was a perfect mix. It would have been better with a fresh peach though, the canned was pretty mushy. I spooned the salad onto the larger spinach leaves and wrapped them up (er...tried to, they didn't want to stay wrapped).

Munchkin pronounced everything as "YUM!" which is like getting a stellar New York review. I'll have to remember these items for later in the summer. I bet it wouldn't be hard to make up a bunch of pizza crusts and freeze them for quick pizzas later.

By mid-afternoon I was tired and cranky. I revolted and announced to everyone I was not cooking tonight. I may have said something along the lines of "you can all starve", or some variant. There may have been some cussing involved. I'm not sure where this mood swing came from but...yeah.

Hubby surprised me by not bringing home the ever-popular U-bake pizza but instead picked up some steaks and veggies. He and Munchkin chopped and grilled and here's the end result:

I'm going to bed. Hopefully a solid 8 hours will get rid of grumpy gardener. Good night everyone.

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