This week in particular, has been pretty rough for us. We have just recovered from a bug that made our laundry basket look a bit like Mount Fuji, no, Mount Everest. Can I just say, viral tummy bugs are The. Worst. Especially when your husband is not with you mid way through the night, to tend to a vomiting almost 2 year old while you strip and re-do the bedsheets in silence for fear of waking the other ill child. I have gone to bed wishing my husband would just come home most nights this week. Surely the Universe is telling us something!
I have come to realise, that in moments of frustration, you need a gentle reminder, a little nudge to shake off those blues, those hard times and thoughts of helplessness that get you down. For me, that little ‘nudge’ happened today during a refreshing conversation with a dear friend of mine, in which I was reminded of the power of gratitude. My first thought was, that I am so grateful that we are now well and truly through the worst of it. My second, was that I am grateful for my parents who have been so supportive and helpful whilst we were sick. I then acknowledged my feelings of gratitude that I, unlike many other mothers, have a partner in crime, a significant other who is supportive, caring and carries me through the rough times, even when he cannot be there physically sometimes. My hat goes off to any single-mothers/fathers out there. AH-MA-ZING!
Gratitude is a great thing to be mindful of, especially for children. It should extend beyond a simple ‘thank you’, and should become an understanding. Tonight, we practiced a simple gratitude exercise shared by my aforementioned friend. Being grateful for the simple things that we often take for granted – our sight, our ability to walk, talk, move freely and our ability to think. As we lay in bed, we spoke about how thankful we were that our feet worked so hard today, walking, running and even dancing us around. Thankful that our hands were busy ALL day, playing and helping us prepare our pizza to eat for dinner. We took a moment to think about how grateful we are that our organs were working so hard all day and night to keep our bodies functioning, and that our brain worked so well today, helping us make good decisions and helping us to behave mindfully.
This little exercise spoke volumes to me today. My girls went to sleep understanding a little more about the uplifting feeling of being grateful. I learned, that the simplest of exercises can teach even a dishevelled and exhausted mother to never, ever take things for granted. Be grateful, be thankful, always be grateful!
“How does this have anything to do with Pizza?” I hear you say…
Well coincidentally, word on the street is, today is World Pizza Day. So I’ll be honest in saying that I am also very grateful for pizza days, and not just the internationally recognised one. These ‘pizza’ days usually occur on a Wednesday/Thursday for us, during the mid-week slump, and I can only speak for myself here, but I am sure some will resonate; being a busy mother of two, working a new contract job, and not having my husband around for moral or physical support has meant that mid-week slump days around here need a very healthy, kid-friendly and time-efficient meal idea on hand. Cue our family favourite, Gluten-free Fonio Pizzas.
Pizzas are great for so many things. They are a wonderful way of getting rid of those odd bits and pieces you find in the fridge (also a mid week pet-peev). They are usually a crowd favourite; I really don’t know anyone who does not/will not eat a slice of pizza. They are great the next day in packed lunches or as a mid-morning hunger buster. They are the perfect Kitchen Playdate meal to get the kids creative in the kitchen. And last but not least, they are made in so many different ways these days, that ANYONE, no matter what their preferred diet or specific needs are, can easily enjoy a slice. So yes, I am GRATEFUL for Pizza!
For those that are yet to come by my Fonio Banana Bread recipe, you will be glad to know that Farafena‘s Fonio is a highly nutritious grain, cultivated organically in Mali, West Africa. It is inherently gluten free and contains high amounts of natural fibre, iron and is protein rich. I love using it as a pizza base because of it’s light texture compared to whole-wheat. I don’t feel like I’ve eaten a sponge after a few pieces 😉
Here’s our family recipe for Gluten Free Fonio Pizza Dough. We topped ours with miso turkey, feta & cheddar cheese, Spanish onion, roasted peppers, tomato paste, black olives and basil.
- 1 ½ cups fonio flour
- 1 cup rice flour
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried tarragon
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 cups water
- Preheat oven to 180C/350F.
- Combine all the dry ingredients, followed by adding in the water 1 cup at a time.
- Stir together, it should form a paste like consistency.
- Place half the mixture in a circular cake tin / round baking tin lined with baking paper. Spread out with a spatula, forming a paste that is evenly spread at a depth of approx. 4mm. I find this thickness works best for cooking through.
- Repeat this for the second pizza with the remaining mixture.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, you will notice the crust drying out and there will be a few small cracks. See above photo.
- Remove from the oven when you can tell the middle of the pizza is no longer wet.
- Top with your favourite toppings, and place in the oven for a further 10 minutes or until you have your desired pizza.