Did I ever tell you the story about when I moved my family across the country for a change in scenery? I mean, literally across the country. Toronto to Vancouver.
Well, it wasn’t just for a change in the landscape (our country is full of beautiful landscapes – mine now includes mountains and ocean!). Have you ever been stuck in a rut? Like you keep trying to make headway in your life, career or relationships and you just keep getting thrown into a wall? That was basically my life for the last 4 years. You get to the point where you don’t even know what your instinct is and have forgotten how to trust it.
All the signs were there for us to leave. First the signs were small like whispers in our ears just to get our attention. Our first apartment had a mouse infestation, my husband developed asthma to the cats that lived upstairs, the apartment above us was being renovated for months on end – so we figured we needed to move to a new apartment in Toronto. So we did. But the signs kept coming. This time more yelling then whispering.
The yelling came in forms like our basement apartment flooding three times, the discovery of black mold throughout the apartment, (one that I’ve talked about before) my husband becoming ill, unable to find reasonable daycare for our child and the final straw – I returned back to work after mat leave with a promotion offered to me, only to be told a week later the promotion and my current position were no longer available. It was time to listen to the yelling, too many signs to ignore.
We needed to reflect on our way of living, the type of lifestyle we wanted for our family and our long term goals. We were trying so hard to force things to work in Toronto that it was time to let go. It was a hard decision to make, trusting our gut instinct, but once the decision was made to move across the country, things started to fall into place. The truth is that when you trust yourself, your instinct and roll with it, a weight is lifted off your shoulders. If you are struggling with a similar situation let me remind you that you can do this. I know you’re scared but take a deep breath a delve into the world.
WOW – do I sound like Oprah Winfrey’s last sermon or what?!?! Let’s not get too serious here OK? Jeesh, all you want is to get a recipe, not a motivational speech! By now you might have even skipped right to it (the recipe, that is). Here is one that we enjoy with gluten free dough or a whole wheat dough. There are a few parts that take some prep work, but the mix of sweet and savory is totally worth it!
- 1 cup luke warm water (temp 120 degrees)
- 1 pkg yeast
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 tbpn extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
Mix together warm water, yeast and honey with 1 cup of the flour. Add olive oil, sea salt and the remaining flour. Mix this puppy up, get your hands dirty and kneed the dough, LOTS. Let rise for at least 30min. In the mean time, prepare the sauce and toppings.
Trusty Pesto Sauce! That was easy.
- organic free range chicken breast
- juice of half lemon
- salt & pepper
- 1 whole onion, sliced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp organic butter
- 1 tsp honey
- salt & pepper
- 10- 16 sun dried tomatoes in olive oil, sliced
- 8 oz goat cheese
- 4 oz mozzarella
1. Preheat oven or bbq to 425 degrees.
2. Divide dough in half, roll out nice and thin. Place on two 12″ pizza pans that have been oiled and dusted with flour. Take a fork and put holes in the dough to prevent it from getting too bubbly. Place each crust in oven/bbq for 7 – 10min. Set aside for toppings.
3. If you are a vegetarian, skip this part. Marinade chicken breast with lemon juice, salt and pepper. Cook on barbecue or oven until flesh is no longer pink. When cooked, take off heat to let meat rest for 5mins. Then cut into pieces and set aside.
4. While chicken is cooking, slice onion and place in small frying pan on medium low heat with olive oil and butter. Add honey, salt and pepper and let cook slowly until caramelized. Set aside.
5. Cut sun dried tomatoes into slices. Shred cheese.
Spread pesto on half cooked dough, cooked chicken, caramelized onions, sun dried tomatoes, sprinkle goat cheese and mozzarella. Bake in oven or on bbq (SO GOOD) for another 12 mins or until golden brown. Makes 2, 12″ round pizzas.