Apr. 27th, 2009

eleneariel: (listing to port)
This is especially for [livejournal.com profile] franciscanorder, although I am sorry to say that the skirt is less paisley than I remembered.

I went for a walk in the rain this morning. :)

Day 116 )
eleneariel: (pratchett (question))
Hey, mom? (Since I am walking out the door and you are gone and I will forget to tell you otherwise.)

I just found my library card, voter ID, personal business cards, and movie rental cards, all of which had been lost since last November.

They were in the pocket of the blue purse, which I guess I hadn't used since then.

eleneariel: (cooking)
If you are a foodie and you haven't read Reichl's trilogy of food memoirs, do so. And that's all I have to say about that, except that she wasn't the resturant critic for the New York Times for no reason.

She's also the editor in chief of Gourmet magazine, and I always look forward to reading her editorials. From the March 2007 issue, an editorial called "Teach Your Children Well":

...I recently read a laudatory article about the opening of a new shop in New York City dedicated to children's food, and the very notion drives me so crazy I simply can't keep quiet.

On the surface it seems like a rather charming idea: a shop dedicated to food that children will eat. But the more I thought about it, the more I began to feel that this epitomizes everything that's wrong with the way we eat today.

For starters, the notion that children are a separate species who require a different diet from the rest of us pretty much does away with the concept of the family meal. The point of eating together, it seems to me, is not just that we all sit down around the same table but also that we share the food. The same food.

Children study their parents - that is their primary job in life - and one of the things they absorb is the way the grown-ups eat. [...] But if little Suzy and Sam get applesauce instead of salad and naked pasta in place of meat sauce, the lesson is quite different. What we are really telling our children is "You won't like what we are eating."
[...] No conscious parent would really want to tell his children, night after night, that they are going to dislike the food that the grown-ups are eating.

[...] Sitting down to dinner, at any age, should be an invitation to the fabulous banquet that is life. The most important lesson we learn at the table is that great rewards await those who take chances. Do we really want to be telling our children, "Just eat your nice chicken nuggets"? It would make so much more sense to say, "Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.

This is a good blog post about the subject - and this paragraph, though not directly related to the kid food issue, made me laugh:

I'm going to preface this rant by stating that I really love Bon Appetite Magazine. They have informative and dynamic articles about food issues, nice photography and some lovely, super simple recipes that I've used myself. They even got me loving beets, which the Virgin Mary could not have accomplished even if she had been holding hands with Bobby Flay in a prayer circle.

If I'm someday given the opportunity to raise children, the two things I look forward to most are teaching them to love reading and learning, and teaching them to appreciate food.

... although we will still sometimes eat kid food, because corndogs are just plain yummy.

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