Just a small sampling of what we’re reading over the weekend.
Are you a vegetarian or vegan, but miss bacon? Give this eggplant bacon from The First Mess a shot. It’s not exactly the same, but it’s a lot better than I ever would have expected.
These Mexi Cauliflower Stuffed Peppers from Sprouted Kitchen look so delicious that I’m actually angry that I’m not eating them right now.
Finally, a couple of recipes that are all about countering food waste. One of our own anti-food waste recipes is our no-waste curry, which is super tasty. But for real, food waste costs real people real money, and puts extra strain on our food system. Where you can, try to cut food waste out of your life.
We like to try to introduce the kids to new, fun activities when we can. Over the summer they did soccer and had a great time with it. We also did swimming lessons at the Y. They enjoy doing yoga with mommy. This time we wanted to mix it up, so we asked them if they wanted to do karate.
It was only after a few days of them going absolutely nuts at the prospect that we realized they had no idea what karate actually was. Parenting includes some unforeseen pitfalls, like presuming your kids know what they’re talking about.
This week they had their second class together, and Google is also telling me it’s actually Tae Kwon Do. I mean, I guess at their age it’s not technically anything other than barely controlled chaos, but they have a lot of fun doing it.
Watson takes a little while to warm up, and then once he does, he gets really into everything and doesn’t want to leave. Vivian wants to hold my hand through everything, even exercises where she’s supposed to use the hand I’m holding to punch something. And poor Freddy’s just along for the ride, grumbling as I lug him around while helping the older two with their class.
It’s a challenge to wrangle three young kids at a martial arts class by myself, but the instructors are really helpful, and Watson’s friend’s parents help out too, and the kids make it really a joy even when it’s frustrating and hard.
We like to take a nice picture of our Hungry Harvest vegetable spread each week, and this week’s was beautiful. Cherry tomatoes, cauliflower, iceberg lettuce, Anaheim peppers, endives, cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash, spring greens, green beans, broccolini, and eggplant (including the biggest eggplant we’ve ever seen!
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Sometimes you have grand plans to feed your kids some nice healthy vegan shepherds’ pie when you get home. You’ll let the kids play together and then put them down for a peaceful bedtime, and relax for a few minutes, proud of the parenting you’ve done.
But then sometimes your car breaks down before you get home and you just have to thank your lucky stars that you’re right next to a pizza place.
We’re not natives to Baltimore (actually, our kids are, which is sort of weird to think about), but we’ve fallen in love with a lot about it. It’s a scrappy city with a lot of character and a lot of great food. We like to eat local when we can, and Baltimore gives us a lot of great healthy options.
First up is Zeke’s Coffee, a small batch Baltimore coffee roaster. Zeke’s is everywhere here, and it’s not just because they’re local. They roast a mean bean, they source sustainably, and they make a whole bunch of different varieties to cater to individual tastes. This week we were feeling like the world needed some peace, love, and understanding, so we went with the Hippie Blend. Neither of us knows enough to speak super knowledgeably about taste, but we can say with confidence that Twin Peaks‘s Agent Dale Cooper would think it was a damn fine cup of coffee.
Next up, Michele’s Granola. In keeping with the hippie theme, we went with Ginger Hemp flavor. Michele’s is a local granola maker based in Timonium, just north of Baltimore. Their products are eco-friendly and healthy delicious, and come in a pretty wide variety of flavors. Every one we’ve had has been a crunchy bit of delight to add to some yogurt in the morning, or even just on its own as a snack.
Any local food that you enjoy, either local to Baltimore or wherever you are? Let us know!
Our Hungry Harvest arrived at our door this morning bright and early, and we had a charged camera battery and a little boy eager to help us stage the healthy fruits and vegetables for pictures. He had also just watched a couple of episodes of Bob’s Burgers, so he was eager to wear bunny ears like Louise (parenting win!).
Since it’s Friday we thought we’d share a couple links to what healthy food we’re cooking up this weekend, a fun article, and a recipe for a favorite cocktail!
This looks like the perfect Saturday breakfast as we head towards fall and start to see more fresh apples headed our way.
We saw these tacos and knew that they had to happen.
We’ve been struggling with too much zucchini this summer and this seems like the ideal solution.
As a fruitcake lover, this kind of delights me.
As for the cocktail, we did sort of a cross between a Bee’s Knees and a Sidecar, so maybe we could call it…Motorcycle Hornet? We’ll work on it. Anyway, we wanted to use some of our local Baltimore liquors for this one, and it turned out pretty well!
1.5 oz Shot Tower Gin
1.5 oz Sloop Betty Honey Vodka
1.5 oz Triple Sec
Juice of 1 lemon
Full shaker halfway with ice. Combine ingredients and shake well. Strain into martini glasses rimmed with superfine sugar. Treat yo’self.
Both of us hated dating and neither of us was very good at it. It’s awkward, exhausting, and you constantly feel like you’re trying to impress people. We were so glad to find each other and never have to date again.
We were wrong.
Arranging play dates with other parents is just like dating. Our kids love the other kids at daycare, and we want them to be able to have some one on one time with their friends on the weekends. Kind of like how you see a person at work all week, but you never really talk until you grab coffee or brunch on Saturday.
We see other parents at school events and birthday parties, but first you have to figure out which kids your kids really like and which ones your kid only tolerates. Then you start talking to the other parents, and you have to figure out a way to bring it up, and that’s exactly like asking someone on a date, right down to the butterflies in the stomach. If the other parent tells you they’re just really busy all the time or they’ll get back to you eventually, it’s just the worst. It’s rejection.
This doesn’t even get into the land mines of conversation once a play date is arranged! Do you bring up current events? Can you be sure they won’t say something you find abhorrent politically? What if, God forbid, their taste in films and television leaves something to be desired?
It’s something of a minefield, but we’ve gotten lucky and we’ve gotten a bit more used to it. Now we just need to figure out how to escape the nagging guilt about not play dating exclusively.
We’ve been trying as hard as we can to put money into our local economy with our purchases. Sometimes financial concerns make that hard, but it’s something we believe in. The Farmers’ Market is a great way to get healthy local food, and Baltimore has got a really great one. This weekend we stopped by to get some great fresh, local food, and we used it all to make ourselves a healthy, tasty vegan meal. We’ll put the recipe up tomorrow. For now, here’s a preview of the beautiful food we used to assemble our meal.
Heirloom tomatoes, Italian basil, local semolina bread, bell peppers, lobster mushrooms, olive oil, nuts, and wine. If you’ve got a guess as to what we made with all this, let us know. Tune back in tomorrow for the recipe!
At our local library’s play area this weekend, Watson played in the kitchen for a bit. After a bit, he found a jar, put some toy salad ingredients in it, and presented it to us, saying, “This is for you to take to work.”
We must be doing something right, letting him watch us make delicious, healthy vegan food, even if often he’s too stubborn to eat it himself. Parenting is weird, y’all.