I spent Saturday afternoon at Panera, just myself, a turkey-artichoke panini, a cup of french onion soup and the latest Body & Soul magazine. It was heaven. No children to clean up after, ask to sit down, or squabble with. I felt like I was on vacation.
I spent my lunch hour today with a Mediterranean sandwich (roasted red peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, a feta-olive spread and balsamic vinegar, that was heaven as well) and a new library book, The School of Essential Ingredients. I haven’t been able to pick up and stay with a book for awhile, but this book about a restauranteur who holds cooking classes in the evening has kept my attention.
I’m not sure where I am going with this post. Sometimes I think that food makes a pretty darn good replacement for love when made correctly. It satisfies a certain something in you that needs attention. But enough about me.
Last night I made a quiche for dinner. A crustless quiche. I sacrificed pastry for cream because I really wanted it made with cream. Boogirl helped me by cracking the eggs and pouring in the cream. She gathered up the onions, the spinach, the ham and brought them over in the bowl for me to saute. I think I found the perfect amount of cream versus egg and the perfect quantity of nutmeg. Don’t ask me about the recipe. It’s different every time. Rarely do I take the time to write it down. If you want recipes, and photos of amazing food go to Smitten Kitchen or visit Lisa at The Cutting Edge of Ordinary. These ladies make me drool. Besides I’ve never been able to take a good photo of a quiche, it’s just too neutral, but I bet Lisa could.
The girls made their own salads, to their own requirements.
Boo: spinach, lettuce, tomato, broccoli, carrot, celery, egg, cheese
Ems: spinach, tomato, broccoli, red onion, egg, cheese (Ems thought she hated salads until she discovered you can make them with spinach instead of lettuce).
It’s a shame really that there are so many complaints about children who won’t eat properly. Eat healthy foods. Because if you get them involved, if they become a part of the process, the preparation, they are so much more apt to try new things. When they get choices, they have choices, they will find what their preferences are.
I don’t know. I’m off on a tangent today.
Today it is raining, and very, very cold. A bone chilling damp kind of cold. Tonight I will make black bean soup with chorizo. I will take it with leftover quiche tomorrow for lunch. Tonight I will stop by the Italian place down the street, pick up a pizza, we will curl up on the couch with a quilt and eat pizza and watch television and pretend it is not a school night.