Many of you have found the posting of our menus very helpful, so I will work at posting them more regularly, even if it's a shorter post with just the menu (This is our menu from last week actually).
I thought I'd start a "tip of the week" series. Something that has helped our family in the food journey. Here's this week's:
Talk about and marvel at seasonal produce with your children, the same way you would point out a beautiful flower or landscape.
I get excited about vegetables like you wouldn't believe. Especially with summer produce, marvel at the beauty of an heirloom tomato, or peach or apricot. This is something we do often because I photograph a lot of our food. But it also happens every time we go to the farmer's market, or receive our CSA delivery, and certainly while watching our vegetable garden grow.
It can be as simple as sitting down with a child for a couple of minutes, just looking at, touching, smelling, and eventually tasting a produce, a piece of fruit, peas in a pod, colorful chards, anything on hand. Bringing children and ourselves to direct our attention at the beauty of real food through our excitement and sense of awe and gratitude, goes a long way in engaging them. Making time for these moments is part of creating positive associations with food (real, good food).
When I was in Seattle recently, I brought back these wild ramps which were so gorgeous and delicate and ever so flavorful. They provided our family with an opportunity for connection, fun, discovery, and pleasure of the senses.
Onto the menu...
Cheeses of the week: Following French tradition, I always offer a little bit of cheese at the end of every meal, between the main course and dessert. Rotation this week: Goat gouda, Petit Basque (sheep's milk), Camembert.
Desserts: At lunch and dinner, I offer a piece of seasonal fresh fruit (sometimes with yogurt). For younger children or those especially sensitive to sugar, at night, I recommend sticking to plain yogurt (regular homemade* whole milk, sheep’s milk, goat's milk and Greek yogurt for extra protein) to avoid too much sugar before bedtime. (Offering fruit for the first three meals of the day is plenty.)MONDAY
Greek salad, cold roasted duck (with mustard), green beans, Petit Basque sheep's milk cheese, tangerine
Goûter (4pm snack) – Apricot
Appetizer / Finger Foods: Herbed asparagus & potato salad
Main course: Ham wrapped endives au gratin, quinoa béchamel
Asparagus, potato & smoked salmon salad, tofu, Goat gouda, strawberries
Goûter - Peach
Appetizer / Finger Foods: Cucumber salad, yogurt tarragon dressing
Main course: Dover sole filets, coconut rice
Appetizer / Finger Foods: 1/2 avocado with vinaigrette
Main course: Smoked salmon green bean rolls
Goûter – Chocolate pudding
Dinner at the Farmer's Market
(Last week, we had oysters to start, Japanese onigiri, Spanish paella, lavender sauerkraut, and peaches and apricots)
Appetizer / Finger Foods: Authentic Greek salad
Main course: Sardines and lavender sauerkraut (awesome from Brassica and Brine)
Goûter - Nectarine
Appetizer / Finger Foods: Raw kale salad from Food Loves Writing
Main course: Oven roasted pork ribs, thyme potatoes
Goûter - Donut peach
Appetizer / Finger Foods: Lentil shallot salad
Main course: Braised fennel tomato rice casserole from Green Kitchen Stories
Appetizer / Finger Foods: Peach burrata salad*
Main course: Chards Spanish tortilla
Goûter - Chocolate pudding
Appetizer / Finger Foods: Cold pea soup from TasteFood
Main course: Lentil & vegetable coconut milk dahl* + this incredible tomato cobbler by Food Loves Writing
(It's a dinner party, so making strawberry rhubarb mascarpone tarte* for dessert)