My Week in Food
As always, this time of year puts me into a tailspin, abundant as it is with gearing up and winding down. My youngest turned into a teenager, my oldest is about to graduate high school. My head is spinning. And so, I retreat to the kitchen to make scones with Virginia for a school breakfast party. We did a spin off on the recipe in the Clinton Street Baking Book, using whole grain flour and chopped dark chocolate. Hopefully coming to your inbox soon.
Memorial Day Weekend was all about celebrating my brother’s birthday. Lucky for everyone, his buddies at his restaurant cooked up a crazy feast of Asian-inspired eats, the highlight of which was crispy soft shell crab with carrot/green papaya slaw. I’ve never had the urge to cook soft shell crab myself, but this has me rethinking things.
Confession: I didn’t quite get it together to do a cake for Virginia’s birthday (portrait of a third child). Instead of baking, I assembled (curated?) assorted mini cupcakes, tiny macaroons (sold in the frozen section of Whole Foods, who knew!), and fresh strawberries. This may be my new fallback to homemade.
These arrived in the mail, a gift from the folks at Ekobo, a company that makes sustainable kid- (and clumsy grown-up) friendly dish ware made from bamboo. I wish I knew about Ekobo when my kids were tiny, since it beats plastic in my book any day.
The last of the harvest from our artichoke plants, I took the babies, peeled off the outer leaves, sliced them in half, boiled until just tender, brushed with olive oil, and threw them on the grill. Yum. I’m eyeing this recipe from Cooking Light for next year.
Mr. Mom’s Kitchen and I binge watched our way through the so-good-BBC-spy-series Night Manager. Luckily, I have something else to look forward to on TV, Ellie Krieger’s terrific new PBS show, Ellie’s Real Good Food. Her first show in the series is titled, “Busy Mom Seeks Help.” Sound familiar? Find out more here.
In addition to all the birthdays and end-of-year events, this is one more reason to celebrate: the new Nutrition Facts Label. The FDA stepped up and made some genuine improvements,such as using more realistic serving sizes, bigger type for calories and servings, and best of all, including ADDED sugars. My friend Robin Plotkin wrote about it all in her local paper if you want to learn more.
Since summer is nearly here (when it is easier than ever to eat plenty of produce) I thought I’d share Real Mom Nutrition’s post, packed with visuals, about what a day’s worth of fruits and veggies look like. Head on over to see how your crew stacks up.
Lots happening this coming week in my world. Mom’s Kitchen Handbook is (finally) unveiling a blog makeover, I’ll be celebrating my birthday, AND (deep breath) graduating a child from high school. Follow along on Instagram and keep your eyes on your inbox!