Thursday, April 7, 2011

Early Autumn

The signs of Autumn are now all around us.

The things I'm feeling especially grateful for

:: my parents visiting and freeing up my time so I can do previously unimaginable tasks like clearing the side board of the accumulated detritus of our lives.

Autumnal salads

:: The smell of quinces as I walk through the front door

:: A sudden broccoli glut that helped me discover a new recipe

:: The final zucchini harvest (if I go & pull the rest of the plants out this afternoon)

:: A much smaller pumpkin harvest

:: Our conker collection

:: Evenings warm enough to still eat outside

:: Ripening tomatoes to rest my eyes upon while doing the dishes

And now I'm off to have lunch with Tim sans children!

This is quite possibly a first for us since Max arrived 5 years ago.

My folks have whisked them all away camping for the next three days.



Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Purple food - is good

I seem to be getting better and better at hiding the foods my children will not eat in such a way that they unknowingly eat them. Sometimes it is pureeing them and adding them to soups or sauces (hello zucchini!), some just need to be frozen or grated and they then seem happy to eat them.

While my kids happily eat certain vegetables it can be difficult to get them to branch out and try new things. Mostly they eat their vegetables separate & raw which is fine by me as it is less work. In fact often the more effort I make the less likely they are to eat the meals I have prepared. The most popular meals usually look more like a plate of ingredients rather than the final product. When I make something like nicoise salad, their version is a plate with raw beans, salad leaves, a boiled egg, some tuna and a potato. No dressing, no tomatoes (I'm the only one in the house who eats raw tomatoes...I know.....I live with freaks) and no MIXING. This they will happily eat, if you discount Adelaide's initial response to every meal I serve her

"this is awful"

or my other favourite

"this is really disgusting"

This year I grew several purple things in the garden, including

borlotti beans

and purple beans (they are in there somewhere...poking out of the hat)

One of these days I'll find the perfect garden-produce-collecting-basket and leave our hats, colanders, old nappy bucket and serving bowls alone.

The sheer purple-ness of these veggies inspired much eating from my fussiest eater and inspired me to buy some purple carrots (they look fairly black actually and when eaten raw leave their teeth looking rather added bonus for Max). These were a colourful addition to my small and finally (after many failed/dismal attempts) successful carrot crop this summer

This purple-food-frenzy even extends to purple cabbage so I'm off to look for some purple carrot seeds and other purple goodness online, ignoring the autumn produce that is accumulating on the front porch....quinces, apples, yet more zucchinis chook food, walnuts and ripening tomatoes.


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