Did you miss me? I certainly missed blogging here during the past few weeks! Though I had some fabulous guest bloggers help me out in the interim, it’s good to get back to work on my baby. I just have to keep reminding myself that I have to take it slowly at first.
As most of you know, I moved – rather unexpectedly – to a different apartment in my building (for those of you who really want to know all the details behind my decision, you can check out my post on my other blog). It was one of the best moves I’ve made in a long time, and I am quite happy settling into a place that feels brighter, happier, and safer than where I was before.
The only sucky part was that I had a really strict deadline and almost zero help or preparation to get said move accomplished, so it was probably the most difficult move I’ve ever had to do. One thing’s knowing that you’re going to move and having time to pack and get rid of excess junk; another is having to move all that crap with you in less than a week with no boxes or sweet friends to help you (and who can blame them, considering there was hardly any notice!).
So up & down the stairs I trudged, carrying whatever I could in my hands, making sure not to carry too much so I wouldn’t lose my balance and fall (which is something I’d probably do, I’m so darned accident-prone). Before and after work I’d do this, falling into bed exhausted at completely inexcusable hours, freaking out more & more each day as my move-out deadline approached. Gah.
And so, in a traditional form whenever stress levels get too high for me, my body shut down. Again, I won’t go into the details of what I’m dealing with, but let’s just say I’m in quite a bit of pain due to the neuralgia I’m experiencing, and have a few more weeks of recovery time before I’m back to normal. So as happy as I was to get everything moved in on time, my body decided that settling in was going to take a spot on the back burner because health was more important. I guess I can’t disagree with it; I just wished it would let me know in advance before it freaks out in major ways.
The good news is that I’m on the mend and have slowly gained enough strength to get some work done around here. I’ve created a small workspace so that I can blog again, and have learned to navigate my much tinier, but way cuter new kitchen. The bad news is that I have to rein in my lofty new recipe ideas for a while, so tonight’s recipe is super simple.
But as you all know, in my world, super simple can still = super delicious.
I was inspired to make the following recipe for a number of reasons, namely: A) I wanted a mushroom & olive pizza but didn’t want to spend $30+ on delivery, and B) I needed to do something with my big ol’ tube of polenta.
In the spirit of my dessert shots, which pack all the sweet joy of dessert into tiny little shot glasses to minimize the guilt factor, I decided to turn my pizza craving into something equally tiny & less evil. It’s not my usual made-completely-from-scratch work, but it does a great job at making a quick, tasty meal without too much effort.
Using a regular tube of prepared polenta, I simply grilled up small medallions of it in one of my trusty skillets, brushed some impromptu pizza sauce on top, added my favorite toppings, and voila! Tiny pizzas that are undoubtedly way less fattening than the delivery kind, and far less expensive. Served with a nice spinach salad, I had a great little meal for dinner tonight and plenty of polenta leftover for more nano-pizzas or something different! Let’s check out the recipe…