Wednesday night, I started heating up dinner to the usual chorus of can I have… instead. My son takes it a step further by pronouncing, “I’m done,” and starting to push his chair away from the table. This time, I calmly told him he needed to sit at the table with us. After being informed that he didn’t want what I was serving, I let him know that was ok. I proceeded to serve my daughter and myself, placed an empty bowl in front of my son, and started eating. His pouty face emerged, and he started crying. I calmly asked him what was wrong, and he answered that he did want dinner. At that point, I took his bowl, filled it with food, heated it up, and put it in front of him. He ate the whole serving without complaining. Yay.
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Recently when I give my kids peppers to eat, and we are going to miss those amazing peppers from the farm, I cut off the top, scoop out the seeds and innards, and fill the peppers with water for a refreshing drink out of a pepper cup. I did it once as a silly inspiration, and now it is a sought after commodity. Sunday’s lunch featured two tall and skinny pepper cups made from the sweet peppers from the farm. When fully tilted back to drink the last dregs, these peppers were the perfect Halloween noses!
Tuesday’s dinner was pretty simple. I made eggs. I cut up apples. The kids ate eggs, and then they ate apples. Of course the apples were from my daughter’s apple picking trip, so she was excited as was my son who repeatedly giggled, “Apple picking.” At least it wasn’t another meal of peanut butter sandwiches.
Sunday was kid cooking day. No, I didn’t cook the kids; they helped me prepare for a week of locusts. We seem to be eating ourselves out of food by mid week, so I decided to cook up a storm on Sunday in hopes of having enough food to last the week through. Of course, this will depend on whether or not my meals are palatable. The lasagna will be fine, but my soybeans, summer squash, and red onions topped by mashed potatoes and squash is a mystery. And there is a lot of it. Either we will eat it, or it will become something else. I also made bread pudding from the three plus bags of heels and brown bananas stored in the freezer. That did turn out well.
One thing is clear at this point. My ability to whip up a dinner that is nutritious and filling at the end of a work day leaves something to be desired. Wednesday was rice with sauce. I think I may have to get back in the habit of cooking a few meals on the weekend for use as lunches and dinners through the week.
The volunteer tomato plants that have grown to city devouring size are now bearing ripe fruit. The red peaks out from beneath the ample greenery, and we finally were able to taste the fruits of our non-labor.
So what do you do when you buy a huge hunk of salmon and a package of three cantaloupes? I made cantaloupe salmon. Add a little balsamic vinegar and cover for 25 minutes at 350. Then uncover and sprinkle brown sugar for five minutes more. On a part of it, I added some salt, pepper, and onion for the adults to eat. I was toying with using a hot spice, but I ate a really hot pepper yesterday. I was not eager to blow out my spicy senses today. It is a dish even the kids will eat with no fuss.