This Moment – Showing Off

A Friday ritual . A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week.

A simple, special, extraordinary moment.

A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.John with banana leaf wrapped pork shoulder

French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billon

I’m not saying that I read this book, had a huge epiphany and now my kids eat everything.

Not- even- close.

Recently, the current six year old has chewed her food, spit it back out and then told me she couldn’t possibly eat any more because she didn’t like the parts she had already chewed on… French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billon

But, I will say that my kids are eating slightly more of everything – and that’s not bad.

Would I recommend it?  It’s a parenting book, I don’t recommend them on principle. My kids are not your kids, my style is not yours.

That said, I am glad I read it. While there were things about the book a didn’t like, I have attempted to be mindful of her “10 simple rules” and my kids did eat “yummy chard pie” for dinner tonight. Something that I doubt was coincidence!

Make The Bread, Buy the Butter by Jennifer Reese

I think the full title says it all:

The Tipsy Baker

What it doesn’t say is that the stories of the efforts that went into this book are entertaining enough to be a book by themselves!

Make it or buy it? Do you know how to make a book? Me neither. Buy it.

Hassle: Minimal. In fact here is a to link help you out: http://www.amazon.com/Make-Bread-Buy-Butter-Shouldnt/dp/1451605889/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1353794791&sr=8-1&keywords=make+the+bread+buy+the+butter

Cost Comparison: The cost of the ingredients required to replicate these recipes alone would certainly make buying the book cheaper. Once you factor in goats and chickens it’s a no brainer.

Would I recommend it? Yes, we’ve happily made a handful of the recipes and it’s been the only cookbook we’ve read out loud together!

Next Time I’m Making Hotdogs.

Tonight John and I spent close to two hours making dinner.

Hamburgers with cheese sauce and, get this, buns.

We used ingredients from three different grocery stores.

I raised a duck for it’s eggs.

John shot a deer for the burger.

It turned out great.

First hamburgers we’ve eaten in ages.

Clara friendly hamburgers.

Clara ate two bites.

I gotta tell you, I love the girl, but two is not a good age.

How We Make A Pizza

How we make a pizza in twenty easy steps:

1)Raise a pig.

2) Send the pig to the butcher and get back tasty packages of meat including ground pork.

3) Shoot a deer.

4) Butcher the deer ourselves wrap meat in tasty packages including ground venison.

5) Mix the ground venison and pork with a bunch of seasonings and smoke it for awhile.  Call it pepperoni, store it in the freezer.

6) Make a crust – a yeast free, dairy free crust.

  • Mix together: 2 cups of flour, 1 tsp salt, 2 tsp baking powder, 2/3 cup rice milk, 1/4 cup olive oil. Press out onto cookie sheet, coat with olive oil and pre-cook at 425.

7) Create another crust – a yeast free, mostly dairy free, wheat free crust that Clara can eat, hope that that whatever you come up with turns out better than the crumbly cardboard you made last time.

  •  It did! Today’s Clara crust was my best effort so far, it went like this: mix 1 & 1/2 c barley flour, 1/2 c soy flour, 1 tsp salt 2 t special corn free baking powder, 1/3 c coconut milk, 1/3 c yogurt, 1/4 c olive oil. Press out onto cookie sheet, coat with olive oil and pre-cook at 425.

8) Get distracted by laundry and over flowing garbage and burn the edges of the crusts while setting off all the smoke detectors in the house.

9)Cut up Pepperoni that you made in step 5.

10) Realize you don’t have enough pepperoni and thaw out ground pork from step 2.

11) Mix ground pork with pizza spices from Penzeys and brown.

12) Grate a large pile of goat cheese for those who can’t have cow’s milk.

13) Grate a large pile of cow cheese for every one else.

14) Combine plain tomato sauce with more pizza spice from Penzeys.

15) Cut up pineapple.

16) Assemble pizzas to the direction of a five year old with the help of a two year old.

17) Put in oven to bake until toppings are browned.

28) Get impatient, turn on the broiler.

19) Quick take pizza out as it will be starting to burn because you forgot about it again.

20) Eat.

It’s a good twenty step process right? Fairly healthy result, made with partly local ingredients, minimal food additives, cooking kids… blah, blah, blah. After I look at my kitchen full of pineapple juice, sauce splatters, spilled flours and cheeses, dirty pans, bowls, spoons and baking sheets all I can think is that I really miss the days of the three step pizza.

1) Dial.

2) Open Door.

3) Eat.

Searching for Recipes

Eating on a diet without wheat, corn, rice, oats, lamb, green beans, chicken…. it gets boring.

Really boring.

Fortunately we are starting to successfully add foods back into Clara’s diet (Hooray for tomatoes and cane sugar!) but it’s a slow process.

As exciting as tomatoes are the food we are eating is still pretty boring. Venison roast with vegetables sounds great, unless you eat it at least once a week. Poor Ivy has been begging, for pizza, noodles and dessert and so I’ve been looking and sleuthing online trying to come up with something different. Trying to do a regular Google search for recipes was frustrating. Even using different cooking websites and their recipe sorters was hard, lists of recipe names that I then had to open and double check ingredients seemed like a great idea but was tedious to carry out. Then I found Pinterest. While I’m still a little sketchy on the point of the whole thing and have no plans of creating my own Pinterest account (because what would I do with it?) I discovered you can look at things just from the Food and Drink category. There you can see pages and pages of good looking pictures of food. The brilliant part?  I can glance at a picture and make a much better quick guess if it will work than looking at a recipe name. So as long as I can avoid drooling over the oodles of lovely looking food we can’t have I have been able to sort through and find some new ideas.

We’ve tried Honey Chipotle Turkey Meatballs, which were excellent though next time we’ll be making the sauce separate on more of them, it was “too spicy” according to Ivy. Then I found Chocolate-Covered Katie and Clara friendly dessert made a more regular appearance and life was good.

Previously making dessert was more of an ordeal, we had found a good chocolate cake recipe and a few good cookie recipes, but very few quick desserts or easy snacks. Last week we made Chocolate-Covered Katie’s Cookie Dough Dip with just a few differences to make it Clara friendly.  Clara and Ivy helped me dump the ingredients into the food processor and blend it up. I opened the top, told Clara that yes she could taste it and turned to get a bowl. When I turned back she had two handfuls of it.

Needless to say the Cookie Dough Dip was a hit!

I feel I should also mention that this dip has a base of chickpeas.

I have never willingly ate more than a single bite of a chickpea containing food before.

Of course I also never had them with chocolate chips.

Chocolate, it makes everything better!