April 30, 2013 Leave a comment
… so… followers of my page on Facebook will know that I like to cook – I don’t profess to be a good cook – but I enjoy blending flavours and textures, and I love trying to get back to my local, seasonal roots.
It’s very important to me to include Bean in this process – I want her to know that the basics, to understand what is better for her, and the planet… to have a solid grounding in cooking, and now – gardening.
Again, we’re not professional gardeners… we just like getting dirty fingernails…
Anyhoo… in my arsenal of well-thumbed cookbooks – I now have a few children’s cookbooks and a couple of boxes of cooking cards (you know the ones, they’re in boxes, with dividers). We’ve often divided the menu planning between the 3 of us – but since The Balding One *always* chooses “Mince and tatties” I’ve started veto’ing his vote.
This week, I let Bean chose the entire menu. She chose some interesting breakfast items that we’ll save for the weekend (for the sake of time)…
… and for suppers, she chose:
Chicken stew in bread bowls
Shrimp and Pineapple kebabs
Shrimp stirfry in a bowl
Butternut squash soup
… and her favourite spinach salad.
I am crazy proud of this kid.
There were recipe cards for mac’n'cheese, hotdogs, etc etc… but I think that she chose really good choices. So proud.
… so she and TBO had the banana wraps last night as a snack after Blastball … and they loved them!!!
I’d recently tried our first non-peanut nut butter – Almond. And it was NOT well received. Too dry and “Bleugh-face” inducing.
I kept the jar festering in the back of the fridge, hoping to find something that would use it.
So… recipe called for melting some chocolate chips into the almond butter, spreading the goo onto a wrap (wholewheat) and then rolling up a banana inside of it.
… I then left it in the fridge to firm up, and then brought them with us to Blastball in Bean’s lunchbag with a icepack inside (was muggy last night).
… Bean took one for lunch today with an apple, strawberries, blueberries, and a yoghurt.
Tonight? We’re going to try the chicken stew in bowls.
Perhaps for dessert we’ll try these: