I’ve written before about the particular lessons in kitchen economy I learned from my mother, who should have an honorary doctorate in this subject as far as I am concerned. This kind of knowledge is one of the blessings of growing up in a family colored by immigration, the Great Depression and World War II. Tough times teach valuable lessons.
Diced! - Echo - Pear and Goat Cheese Puffs With Sliced Almonds and Roasted Bell Pepper/Balsamic Glaze
Today we have an entrant for the first course of the Diced! competition. This round includes ingredients that are vegan friendly. Contestants were encouraged to add any additional ingredients they wished (even non-vegan ones). Contestants were instructed to create or find a recipe for an appetizer, soup or salad containing the following ingredients: Roasted Red Peppers, Puff Pastry, Sliced Almonds and Pears (their choice of variety).
I learned one thing, and that is that kids are set up visual. So i started with making there lunches in shapes. This one was the bomb. One mandarin, one kiwi, one banana. Two complete happy kids who finished there fruit with so much joy. I will me making more lovely fruit plates and I will show it on my blog.
I love the fact that my kids are open to new flavours in their food....well mostly anyway. We've always taken them to restaurants and exposed them to various cuisines since they were babies. They love curries and spicy foods. I know at home I can cook things with a bit of heat and they'll usually get eaten (kids can be fickle after all).
I’ve decided that happiness is a big Chocolate Cake! It greets you when you open the door, and is patiently waiting for you to get everything done so you have time for it. It doesn’t chastise you for being late and when at last you embrace it, it opens its arms and wraps itself around your soul. Ah! Such contentment.
Did someone say dessert?
I don't know about you, but I LOVE dessert. I'm that person that rushes through a meal just to get to dessert, unless of course I can eat dessert first.
In fact when I want to eat dessert was very hard on my friendship with Grace, at first. I can remember the first time she cooked and invited everyone over back in grad school.