I think I’ve figured it out. It’s difficult to plan “extras” into your day, like baking muffins or making your own pickles. Looking at our hopelessly overloaded schedules, we never seem able to afford the time.
It’s all about stealing the moment. This afternoon as I put my second little boy down for his nap, I called Hubby to check in and discuss dinner plans. “Pizza?” He suggested. I looked at the clock. I had a good 20 minutes before one of the boys would stir. “Sure,” I said, and opened the cupboard for the flour.
It would have been easy and quick to order in pizza or pull out a frozen back-up, but what better way to spend 20 minutes than making my own pizza dough? And I mean that question seriously. Twenty minutes isn’t really enough time to do anything substantial (including a proper relax), so really, my choices were to return a few emails, attend to the dishes in the sink, or mix some dough for dinner.
I did the dough.
Less than fifteen minutes later, my soon-to-be-home-made-pizza was proving cheerfully on the kitchen counter, and I was puffing with pride.
Come dinner time, all it will need is a can of chopped tomatoes, some oregano out the garden, a dash of S&P, and a sprinkling of cheese. Maybe some mushrooms if I send Hubby past the shops on his way home. Delish!
Not only will this tickle our taste-buds, but homemade pizza is guaranteed preservative- and additive-free, it’s cheaper than store-bought, and its carbon footprint is lower because it’s less well-traveled and comes with no superfluous packaging. A perfect Veggietots meal!
But today’s lesson isn’t just about the pizza. It’s about an attitude. Call it a Veggiet-attitude. It’s about seizing the moment to do things that add meaning, value, and pleasure to your life. I couldn’t have planned to make pizza for dinner tonight; my day was just too hectic. But when I found myself with an unexpected moment I decided to seize it by the proverbials. So, I say, Carpe de Pizza!
If you, too, want to know How To Be A Domestic Goddess, follow the recipe for Nigella Lawson’s Pizza Casareccia: page 315 of the book by the same name, or follow the link http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/recipes/nigella-lawsons-pizza-casareccia-604018.html
All toppings are optional and can be substituted with whatever you fancy (or whatever’s in the fridge). A pretty apron is non-essential but it does help you to feel the part!