When we started out with our unschooling journey, we felt a little like knights in shining armor freeing ourselves from our own self-imposed shackles. Hence the name of the blog.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Food for thought

I've been meaning to write about food and what it means to us these days. Its such an important part of my children's days and can cause them much happiness.

Raghu asked me to make this soup yesterday... i only added a tiny amount of molasses and some coriander-seed-powder besides his choices.

1. Cooked potato cubes (and the water they were cooked in)
2. Chopped onion
3. Chopped mushroom
4. Corn kernals.. fresh.
5. Diced green Bell Pepper/Capsicum
6. Grated fresh ginger
7. Pepper and salt to taste
8. tiny hint of molasses
9. pinch of coriander powder
10. Crushed Rosemary

Add water to make it as soupy as you want.
Stir fry the onions in a bit of olive oil till translucent, add the bell peppers and stir fry for a few minutes. Then add the mushroom and corn and ginger. Cook till the veggies are tender. Add the potato cubes and broth and all other ingredients.

I love trying out Raghu's recipes. He is not into cooking himself these days. But will come up with specific recipes and usually eats happily whatever he makes. Food eaten joyously is probably good for us :-)

Raghu and Zoya come up with wacko combinations. Raghu has had mustard and jam on bread and Zoya loves dipping chicken nuggets, fries etc in soy sauce. Raghu loves Sweet potato fries and will eat any roasted vegetable. He prefers things cooked. Very rarely will he eat raw veggies. But he will suck happily on raw garlic cloves and even eat them. he also sucks on Cinnamon sticks. Zoya is known to mix ketchup in her yogurt and rice. Yogurt and rice is a favorite around here. But only when its icecream weather.

Making new foods or old... but making them just so takes up a lot of time some days. Other days its easy. The main thing is to be able to get as close to what we each want as possible. Sometimes its perfect... sometimes a bit tweaked.

We don't get sour cream here and raghu loves the stuff... so he uses a lot of Mayo which we do get.

Zoya can go thru tons of chocolate in a day... dark crisp cocoa variety and also brownies and home-made choc cake. She loves icecream and prefers it to any other sweet.

THe odd choices for odd times are only part of my conditioning. My kids are healthy, aware of their body-needs, quite in tune with which foods suit them and are very clear in their food-requests. Its awesome to watch it and see how much they enjoy food.

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