Monday, August 3, 2009
I have been reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and in the first chapter the author takes you through a typical 1912 Saturday for 9 year old Francie. It is fascinating. One of my favorite parts of that chapter is when the author describes what the family eats each week. And reading that inspired me to record what we've been eating lately.
Food seems to be something that is always changing. Progress, trends, seasons, weather...all kinds of things change the food we eat. Therefore it seems like what we typically eat now will not be what we typically eat in 5 or 10 years. And that makes me want to document the contents of our plates. It will be one of those "oh yeah!" kinds of things. And I like documenting "oh yeah!" kinds of things.
I love cooking for our family, and honestly, we eat really well. I’m serious. You guys have got it made.
For breakfast this summer we have been having yogurt (organic, whole milk, vanilla yogurt!) with granola (homemade with coconut, walnuts and maple syrup!) or scrambled eggs (local eggs from our weekly egg share!) with some sort of baked goodie (a scone, or muffin, or slice of bread…all homemade!!!). And we always have fresh fruit with breakfast (often local fruit from our weekly fruit share!).
For lunch we often have BLT’s on homemade bread or homemade chicken salad on homemade bread. Andrew and Isaac usually have pickles and grape tomatoes with their sandwiches.
Since Dad is a vegetarian, we always have vegetable based dinners (often with local veggies from our veggie share!) such as Cuban Black Bean Fajitas, Margarita Pizza (with homemade pizza dough!), Cannelloni Beans with Sautéed Greens (kale or chard or spinach), and sometimes for fun I’ll make breakfast for dinner (like pancakes or quiche).
Don’t be fooled though. We are not total health nuts. We have one large and immobile obstacle keeping us from eating too healthy. Sugar! I love to bake. I bake several times a week, and we always have cakes, cookies, pies, and other temptations around to satisfy our very sweet teeth.
All in all, the eating around here is pretty good. And I just wanted to point that out.