Get outside, Family!

Get outside, Family!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

We did end up skipping swimming (the Chef has a bad cold), which took the pressure off. So we altered the plan a bit and made super simple soup, which was chopping carrots and celery and simmering in beef stock. All started off relaxed and under control. Then I started trying to help the Chef with his homework while cooking, and things got crazy. The broth boiled over and I forgot to add the pasta. Through it all, though, Baby Zi proved that he is way past the "baby" title and a full-fledged Chef Zi. We'll have to come up with a name for him soon. Anyway, he stood beside me on his chair sawing celery with a dulled steak knife, which was pretty helpful. He ate about half of it then. The kids always seem to snack on the veggies they cut. Raw potato, broccoli, green beans. They won't always eat them cooked, or even if I try to serve them raw at the table. But when they are working with them, they eat them. Interesting.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Back in the apron

We took a long coffee break here at Chef Zi and are glad to be back. Our silence didn't mean we had nothing to say. Just no time to say it, and also make dinner! But we've missed our blog. And I just got a new smart phone and figured out how to use it to blog while sitting in line waiting to pick up the Chef at school.So here we go... Tonight is one of those nights, where I have absolutely nothing planned and very limited time. Here are the calculations running through my head: We’re trying to use the Mediterranean diet as a model, so that means something with beans and veggies would be great. There’s swim practice tonight, so we have to eat dinner early. I’m working, and then I take the Chef from school to music class and then a doctor’s appointment. By the time we get home, we basically should be eating as soon as we walk in the door. Gee, I wish I would’ve thought this through five hours ago and gotten the slow cooker going. We had pizza last night, so I don’t really want to pay for and/or eat salty take- out tonight. The “healthy” gourmet take-out from a deli or Whole Foods isn’t usually a good option for us because of the risk of cross-contamination with nuts and the other things to which my son is allergic. I realize now we don’t even have time for frozen fish sticks or hotdogs. Panic is setting in. We may have to skip swimming tonight in order to eat…. We could do sandwiches (I did make bread this week). And fruit. And bean salad. Does that count as dinner?