Get outside, Family!

Get outside, Family!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Recipe #1 Getting Zesty

Chef Zi loves to zest. He has zested watermelon rind, potatoes, tomatoes as well as the major citrus fruits. Some things zest better than others. Mama Zi loves to use zest to boost stir fry and fruit salad. Here we then used the orange halves for orange juice, and later filled them with bird goodies and hung them in the trees. Warning here: The Chef has on occasion accidentally zested his fingers -- doesn't feel good, and doesn't taste so good either. Definitely watch the little ones with a sharp zester.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Welcome to Chef Zi!

Our family likes to cook our own food. That means no take out, and we rarely get dinner from the microwave (except for leftovers.) While we keep it pretty simple most nights, even a steak on the grill with a couple of steamed vegetables can be tough to pull off when a young child wants your attention and knows how to get it. Should I save the steak or catch my child as he leaps from the top of couch into the brick fire place? So around the time my eldest was 2 years old, I started getting him involved right beside me – first water games in the sink, later suggesting he pull a variety of condiments and other ingredients from the fridge to make a “special” drink. Little did I know that in a few short years, that toddler would grow into Chef Zi , an elementary school aged-dynamo who selects seasoning for his favorite pork tenderloin rub and has crafted several (non-alcoholic) cocktails that are pretty tasty.

Kitchen time has become our play time, and also a way for me -- with the help of cookbooks, measuring cups, moldy food and food coloring – to squeeze in a little reading, math, science and art. Real cooking takes time, and our commitment to it defines our family lifestyle. Please join us at our virtual table!

Mama Zi