Archive for February, 2011

The beginning of Woo-hoo, tofu!

I’ve been considering starting a blog for sometime, devoted mostly to food and my children. Seems like if I’m not thinking about food, I’m thinking about my boys. Or what I’m going to feed my boys. I’ve always been a somewhat selfish cook when it comes to feeding my kids. I make what I crave, and my family eats what I make. More often than not, someone complains about the meal, but our rule is that although you have to try it, you don’t have to like it.

I have been meaning to expose my boys, who are 8, 5, and 1, to new foods every week. I hadn’t truly planned it out yet, but this blog was born as a result of last night’s meal.  I decided to make a Friday night dinner, inspired by “take-out” items.  When I told my 8-year old about the soup I was making, I told him it was a little like miso soup and it had tofu in it.  His response?  “Woo-hoo! Tofu!” His response made me feel great. I did it! My kids like food that doesn’t come in a box with a toy (although we aren’t one of those never eat fast food families).

Our meal consisted of asian chicken soup, which I modified a bit from an America’s Test Kitchen recipe and was loved by the whole family. I was worried that the ginger and sriracha would be overpowering, but the boys loved the broth. The one-year old just ate the chicken, noodles, tofu and spinach from the soup.  I paired it with some store bought egg rolls and tea. I let the boys use my teacups I bought in Tokyo, and told them to be gentle, as they were special to me. The meal was a hit, and I’m already planning our next food adventure. When I asked the boys what they wanted next, they said “African food”.  Perhaps a Moroccan meal next week?

A photo of our meal, complete with our yummy soup (with tofu), egg rolls and tea.

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