Henry has been very excited to help in the garden this spring. Last month, we pulled weeds, prepped the soil, and plantedpeas and potatoes. This week at the garden center, we chose three vegetable starts that we have planted before: tomatoes, summer squash and peppers. We also selected three types of veggies we have not grown before. I picked out
cauliflower starts. Daddy asked for cucumbers. And Henry wanted tatsoi -- I don't think I have ever seen tatsoi before, but Henry insisted that it come home with us.
When I asked Henry to help select nasturtium seeds, he chose the red and orange varieties. He really enjoyed poking holes in the dirt to plant the seeds.
On Thursday, we enjoyed a lovely picnic on the grass at the Tacoma Broadway Market. This midday market features plenty of lunch vendors for downtown workers, but many families attend as well. Henry and I shared a combo meal from Gateway to India. Henry's favorite is definitely the chickpea curry; he ate his portion, and then devoured mine too. Yesterday, we met up with friends at the 6th Avenue Market for dinner. After more Indian food, we headed over to the produce stalls where we found purple asparagus and apples. Our favorite vendors here are the fish mongers. We are very lucky to have an array of farmers markets in Tacoma -- daytime, evening and weekend options can fit almost any family's schedule.
Are your local markets open for the season? Who are your favorite vendors?
Warm weather is on the way, so here is a new grilling recipe for you to try. Cauliflower does not have much of a reputation as a food to grill outdoors, but I think you will be impressed by this delicious dish. Since Henry is in an "I don't like it" phase, I cannot say that he approved this dish. He was, however, willing to take two taste test bites. And he very much enjoyed painting the cauliflower with olive oil and spices.
You’ll probably be able
to use about half of the cauliflower head as large steaks for this recipe; you can reserve the remaining small
florets for another recipe (I used ours to make New York Cauliflower for the next evening’s dinner).
One of Henry's current favorite sayings is "I don't like it." He started using it a few weeks ago for all sort of situations, everything from naptime to visiting the walruses at the zoo. Mealtimes are no exception.
Henry uses "I don't like it" when he does not want to eat the food on his plate, often before he has even given it a try. Frequently, he will want to eat one dish exclusively at a meal without tasting the others. Since Henry can now understand simple when/then statements, Daddy and I decided it was time to implement the taste test rule for Henry. Here is our take on how to encourage Henry to continue to try a variety of foods using the taste test rule. Some families call this strategy "no thank you bites," "green eggs & ham bites" or "the one bite rule."
We start by putting a small portion of each dish on Henry's plate. If he wants extra helpings of any of the foods, then we ask him to first taste each of t…
I love having Henry help me in the garden. We are working together, getting dirty and discovering nature.
Gardening also teaches patience -- Henry has already been asking when the strawberries, raspberries and blueberries will be ready to eat. We'll have to wait for the flowers, bees and sunshine to do their work first.