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We do!  Even though it wasn’t as much as we usually make, we have a lovely stock for the coming year, with fruit set aside in the freezer for various other good eats.  Plus our raspberry crop is just starting to take off, so we’ll have all of that to create good food with, and then the blueberries.  Oh–and we still have cherry picking to do!

Jam of 2010Pictured here: Strawberry Cherry, Strawberry Cherry Raspberry Blueberry, Strawberry Raspberry, and Strawberry Cherry Blueberry.

Other than the strawberries, the other fruits were still frozen from last year.  Sometimes things get lost or forgotten in the freezer.  We’re going to work to make sure that doesn’t happen again this year.  I suppose it won’t really be work, but you know what I mean, right?

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Dinner Bread

Our evening meal has so many intentions wrapped up in it. Creation, nourishment, togetherness, tastiness… all are in the back of my mind. Images of idyllic scenes of family camaraderie flit through my mind as I chop and mix, saute and bake. Sometimes we have a few moments of that. Most often, though, dinner is a raucous, disorganized experience once we’re at the table. Not bad, just not calm and quiet. But such is our family. My children’s passions run high, they love to make jokes and be silly (sometimes to my chagrin, I’ll admit!), exclaim loudly and grandly and show me simply everything, from making “fake teeth” out of food, to how many pieces are left on their dishes. In the end, this is my family.  That we can laugh and have moments of seriousness all in the same meal is something I am learning to cherish rather than wish for something other than.  If I think back, they are much like the family dinners of my childhood (ex: my mom tossing a tortilla shell at my brother across the table, frisbee style).

What are/were your evening meals like with your family?  Any stories you’d like to share?

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Measuring for dinner

Last semester I invited my students in my Psychology of Gender class to discuss the negative impact of stereotypical gender roles on us all.  One of the young men in the class commented that not learning how to do laundry or cook a meal made living my one’s self as an adult difficult because the requisite skills were lacking.  At the time I thought he made an excellent point, and thought, “Well at least L3 has L1 modeling those behaviors for him.”  It didn’t strike me until recently that we weren’t doing more than modeling those skills–L3 wasn’t having enough hands-on opportunities to gain these life skills.  In that vein, I’ve been having him help out with dinner lately.  He’s learning to read recipes and measure out ingredients. My feminist side has been squirming a bit realizing that I’ve been doing this with my daughter for quite some time, despite the fact that she is 4 years younger, and not my son. Another voice says, “Yes, but he was the first born.  You completely underestimated the abilities of a very young child when he was her age–you were more concerned with doing things for him.” But there, I’ve aired the issue and will hopefully move on now without more guilt about it.

L3 helped make this dinnerHere is the final product of one of the recent meals L3 has helped create.

When we’re all in the kitchen together, though it gets a bit crowded, I’m happy. It’s been such a good way to come together, especially in a season during which we aren’t outside as much together.

They were never still enough for a shot in focus!

Of course it isn’t all perfect.  it’s a messy job, creating food with young ones.  A good lesson in letting go for me, watching them make food instead of focusing on the cookie dough in chunks on the floor.  And it’s fun, like when I listen to L1 say to them multiple times, “We can’t make the cookies THAT big–they won’t cook all the way!”

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Seed to Harvest Awe

The work that I started last month continued in earnest today. Leaden skies and mushy snow aside, it’s planting time for me. Onions and celery, at least. In fact, I’m about half a week behind my planned schedule. But a visit to NH for some celebrating was worth the seed starting delay.

L4 and I prepared the seed soil this afternoon, and I pulled out the last of the 2009 onion harvest so that she and I both could marvel at how these tiny black specks could become something so very different in their maturity and something so good in so many of our meals, too.

Seed to Harvest  Exploring

This rhythm of planting, tending, harvesting, and eating is comforting to me. Admittedly it isn’t always peaceful–there are worries over lack of germination, dampening off, temperatures, too much rain, too little rain, critters wreaking havoc in the carefully tended beds…  the list could go on and on.  The point is that even with the knowledge that gardening is not perfect bliss, I keep at it.  It is intensely satisfying, connecting, grounding.

How are your garden plans going?  Or are you beginning to harvest where you live? What are you excited about for the upcoming season?

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Food, tents, garden delights, visits with family, and knitting–a full lovely weekend had we!

Heading toward Fall Food Mosaic

Weekend Doings Mosaic

What did you do this past weekend?

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