Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Shopping with Jonah
I want my kids to be good cooks. Well, at least competent cooks. My mom did a great job of teaching us. We cooked a lot from a young age. (Maybe that was necessity more than design). I take my children's culinary education seriously and have focused on teaching Roxcy kitchen stuff. Mostly because she's the oldest, but also (I know it sounds chauvinistic) because she's a girl. But, surprise, surprise, Jonah has become my little buddy in the kitchen. He LOVES food. His food tastes are like lots of kids, pizza, hot dogs, mac n' cheese, anything sweet but he also loves chocolate mousse and other rich chocolate things, lobster, and trout from Grandpa's pond. One time he asked me to buy brussel sprouts so he could try them. (He gave them a thumbs up). He always volunteers to help me cook and shop and likes to talk about food and cooking. He even likes to watch cooking shows with me and makes lots of great comments about what they are cooking and eating. His favorites: Iron Chef America and Barefoot Contessa. I love that he notices and is interested in the culinary world. He went shopping with me today and we talked about food.
Me: "What should we have for dinner tonight?"
J: "I think I'm in the mood for something kind of fancy."
Me: "Fancy? What kind of food is fancy?"
J: "Sweet things, like fruit salad."
J:"Do you know Kumkwats are a fruit? Do you know what they taste like? I'd really like to taste them." (Who would've guessed, but Trader Joe's actually carries kumkwats. Unfortunately they were sold out . . . )
J:"Mom, did you see they have some of that greek yogurt (Fage) with honey? You can put the honey in the yogurt."