This is my happy place. Well, okay, the couch I’m sitting on is maybe my bigger happy place at the current moment…. but the kitchen, when we’re all cooking? That’s my happy place too. I’m sure I’ve said it before, but Alex and I, our relationship was based on food (and cuddles) long before M. Days together were spent in markets and cooking. We don’t do much of that anymore. The markets are slim to none in West Palm (I miss you, Miami) and with him doing the chef gig now…. I mean, how much cooking does he really want to do on his day off? Not a whole lot. Either way, this sharing space that is our kitchen, we like it, I like it, and most importantly, M likes it.
I have a few posts lined up in my head, some are more on the personal side… but I’ve been procrastinating getting to them. I also have a few (food) links and things to share:
I’ve been cooking with M by my side for as long as she’s been able to. I wrote a post about a year and a half ago now—- cooking with a baby (tips and tricks on how to get it done by yourself). She’s older now and it’s easier (of course). The biggest difference between now and then? She can (and does) demand to help…. and why would I turn her away from that? (And man, she knows her stuff!) I’ll always hand her a toddler knife and give her something to cut. Mushrooms, cauliflowers, herbs, tomatoes, she’ll take care of it. And make guacamole? She’s a professional now. I think it’s really important to get your kids in the process of everything. Not only does it make them feel important and needed to boost their self-esteem, but sometimes it does actually help you out too (emptying the silverware in the dishwasher? check. grabbing ingredients from the fridge? check. licking the mashed potatoes off the whisk? check.), while teaching your kids some pretty valuable things. It makes me really happy to see all the things M has learned in the kitchen with Alex and I.I’ve been meaning to write more about raising a vegan kiddo. I wrote a post about my plans with raising a vegan kid, when M was just a few months old. She has had the occasional egg in something…. it’s rare, but it’s happened. Dairy and meat? Not so much. She knows the difference between her milk, daddy’s (and whoever’s) milk, and breast milk. She knows sometimes people drink soy milk, but she usually drinks almond milk. It gets tricky with the cheese, since we do sometimes eat fake cheese, but otherwise, it’s all been pretty straight-forward. She knows eggs come from chickens (more specifically, hens). She knows that some people eat cows, chickens, pigs, and fish, but she doesn’t… not now. I’m tempted to get her this book, but I don’t know.
I started up a vegan parenting community. I don’t have big plans or goals with this new space. I just wanted to create a place where we could all feel free to share links, ideas, and ask each other questions– maybe it’ll work out to be a really great resource for new parents or people striving to cook more at home, maybe not, I don’t know. You can, of course always email me or share things in the comments, many of you do, but after receiving an email last week, I realized that sometimes people fear being ‘spammy’ about that sort of thing. First of all, don’t. If anything is ever somewhat relevant, it’s not spam. Please, by all means, feel free to contribute your links. Second, feel free to share them in the community too. I want it to be a place for everyone who cares about food, feeding themselves, and feeding their kids.
I’d be lying if I didn’t say I feel a tad bit weird about starting up a vegan community. I don’t feel like I have the credentials to do so sometimes. I mean, yeah, I’m vegan and have a pretty obvious vegan section on the blog (that has helped cut down so many re-asked questions), but we’re not the strictest of strict… and we’re not the type of vegan that is anti-meat eaters (at this point I’m always pretty shocked when people are anti any personal choice). Sure, I think it would be awesome (and so much better for the earth) if we all gave up meat, but I’m not against eating meat (if it’s done properly and consciously). I think it’s okay, it’s just not something I would do. Speaking of eating meat, I think this video might be my new favorite TedTalks to date: How I Fell In Love With A Fish. If I could summarize into one post how I felt about our earth, it’s ecosystems, meat-eating, the power of real-food ingredients, and the changes I’d like to see in this world, into one (amusing) video, it would be that one. Really, watch it. (Strict vegans, be warned, you might not like it. It is about falling in love with eating a fish.)
If you have Netflix, I highly recommend checking out TedTalks Chew On This series. If you don’t, I’m sure you can youtube most of the videos, like that fish one^.
Not food related, my goal is to set up a shop my closet in the next few days, before our family trip. Don’t hold me to it, but I’m really going to try to get it up and things shipped out before we go.
Happy Friday, friends!