Celebrate all over again :-)
I've just returned home from yet another birthday celebration for my son, but this time it was for his cousin, too. We had a combined party at my in-laws house.
Here is what is left of my raw cake. I actually had a curious taste-tester, who really liked the icing. It was leftover from my gingerbread house; I wasn't going to just let it go to waste.
So, I opted to make another "15-minute" (give or take) cake, enabling me to partake in the festivities. My mother-in-law hates it when I don't eat cake and ice cream with everyone else (despite this comment, we happen to get along rather well). She thinks I'm depriving myself or something.
But, there was no deprivation tonight; I helped myself to a more than sufficient slice. I am so full; good thing I just had raw soup again for dinner.
The rest of the crew had pizza, which I originally planned to make and eat alongside them. There have been a lot of recipes floating around lately, so it would have been easy to come up with a raw version.
On Gone Raw alone, you can find Sausage and Pepper Pizza (I am dying to try this one), Shazzies Pizza (it actually has banana in it), Mini Pizzas (to satisfy small cravings), Cashew Pesto Pizza (this one contains curry powder) and Tricia's Outrageous Raw Pizza (you'll need Tricia's Outrageous Raw Pizza Crust and Tricia's Outrageous Raw Pizza Sauce). There is also a recipe for BBQ "Chicken" Pizza, which caught my eye, but unfortunately it uses raw dairy. I would have to come up with my own "cheese."
My fellow raw bloggers also have posted their pizzas. Check out Derek and Sara's (this site has beautiful photography; it makes me want to take a class), Heidi and Justin's (if you haven't already seen their pizza post) and Jess Michael's (hers was published in a magazine). There are even forum topics dedicated to finding the best crusts and showing off photo-worthy results.
But, alas, I did not make any of these recipes for tonight. Since I made such a "heavy" cake for dessert, I decided to forgo the dense crust and nut-based cheese topped Italian treat and quickly whip up my lighter standby soup (which did have Italian seasonings, by the way).
It wasn't until after the fact that I recalled how I have thrown together a veggie-based (literally) "french bread"-style version in a hurry. In the future, I'll remember to use a long slice of zucchini or eggplant as my "crust" and replace the nut cheese with some raw Parmesan (ground sesame seeds and nutritional yeast). You should try it sometime.