Upon returning from Asheville I immediately caught the flu and was laid up in bed for a few days. After recovering I began to get nasty rashes all over my body. Being the resourceful, independent, DIY doctor I am I hit up google to find out what I may be suffering from. The first suggestion was I could have ingested a parasite in my water. Not likely considering this particular parasite resides in Pennsylvania. I crossed that off my list. Next came scabies. I ruled that out because the pictures online did not match what my rashes looked like. I literally scratched that one off the list. I proceeded to rule out scarlet fever, lyme disease, dengue fever, carpal tunnel and psychosis. Dismayed I began entertaining thoughts of getting a real doctor involved. But then I hit the jackpot. One site suggested my symptoms matched Celiac’s Disease. I breathed a huge sigh of relief. It was only a gluten allergy, I could handle that. For a day and a half I ate a gluten free diet. That included a gluten free pizza with a crust made from cauliflower. I bookmarked a recipe for it from The Happy Go Lucky Vegan back in December but never felt the need to try it out. Then, as if reading my diseased body, she updated it during my gluten free phase. Hook, line and sinker. I bit. I made a few changes to her version. I added a ton of basil to the crust as I had a lot on my porch. I also topped it with a non-vegan cheese as that was all that sat in my fridge. I also used tomato sauce (rather than pesto) and put onions and artichokes on for toppings.
This pizza, while good, will not confuse anyone with a real pizza. First and foremost it can be cut with a knife, no pizza cutter required. Second it fell apart easily at some places. Still, I was impressed by the taste of it. I liked that it wasn’t so dense and heavy as the thick crust pizza I love. It was a nice change of pace. I plan to keep this dish in my repertoire, playing around with it as I see fit. Thankfully I can keep real pizza in my rotation as well. Come to find out it wasn’t a gluten allergy that had me itching. Just something called dermatographia (aka I can make cool art on my skin).
Cauliflower crust pizza and dermatographia are all about being cool and getting the girl. So too is the new video from Mind Fish “Can’t Control it All.” Shot in an Andy Warhol type color scheme, the video is very simple opting to allow the adrenaline rush of the song to be the focal point. In that sense it reminds me of Live’s “I Alone” video that when shown on MTV had people either hating or loving its simplicity. Wonder what the MTV of today would think of Mind Fish? Probably give it the thumbs down because nobody from the Hills appears in it.
The bandcamp version of the song:
Also going well with cauliflower crust pizza is the new single from the Lyke Giants (here). “I’m Home” is as cavernous and low key as its predecessors. What stands out about this song versus their previous ones is how much more emphasis seems to have been placed on James Brewer’s voice. It seems that the vocals guide the music rather than the other way around. “I’m Home” is the first single from the Lyke Giants new album which was recently recorded in the US with Sylvia Massey. If it all sounds like this, I can’t wait for more.
The video for the song: