I haven't shared a recipe with you guys in awhile. So I figured why not (kind of) share one with you today? Truth is it's been hard to get back into the kitchen since Kareem lost his battle with Anthony and had to be laid to rest in a beautiful ceremony that involved the garbage can.
And then there was the extensive mourning period.
I tried to move on. I brought other toys into my kitchen to help cook.
The kids and I have been reading this book Grow It Cook It. It's a beautiful book, full of colorful pictures and short text portions. Perfect for young kids. Now if you couldn't figure out from the title of the book the premise is that first you grow your veggies and then...wait for it... you cook them in the recipes provided in the book. Today we reached the first recipe in the book, and I decided that the kids and I should make it together.
The glitch with this plan is that we JUST planted our garden. It's nowhere near ready for the cooking process and waiting for the plants to mature isn't an option because Grow It Cook It is due back at the library in three weeks. So I did what any good green-thumb would do: I went to the store to pick up some magical miracle grow and came home with an already ripe eggplant and some tomatoes.
The kids and I roasted tomatoes, grilled eggplant and then stacked them together to create a tower. Once our tower's were created I let Anthony add the yogurt to the top. He loves yogurt and waited impatiently all day for this step.
I have to say that Mallory managed to choke down half of hers, but Anthony ate two bites and declared himself too full to finish.
I took one bite. Then I did the thing I never do to my kids: I lied to them. With my mouth full of what had to be a practical joke on the part of the author of Grow It Cook It, I smiled at them and said, "Mmm, that's so good." Then I turned my back to them and threw up in my mouth a little.
Matt refused to even try it. I feel confident that this makes me the better parent.