April 23, 2008
This weekend we found ourselves (grabbing a much-needed bite) at the cafeteria at the incredible Kidspace Museum and munching away at sub-par food. Looking around the tables, all I saw were parents desperately trying to feed their little ones while they simultaneously attempted to shovel food into their own mouths. Out of the corner of my eye I saw this lovely Japanese woman quietly feeding her baby. For the life of me I couldn't figure out what she was giving him, but it looked like some sort of white ball in Saran wrap. I shyly walked up to her and asked what she was feeding him. She said, "Oh, it's Onigiri". I was still confused. She told me she takes steamed white rice and adds tiny pieces of vegetables and fish for calcium. What a genius idea. All she had to do after making them was wrap them up and it was the perfect meal to travel with for an outing.
I made them for Kenya's dinner tonight. You should have seen his eyes light up when I put one on his tray. By cooking the rice to make it sticky, he was able to hold it, bite into it and eat the little pieces of rice that stuck to his fingers. I even had a little remaining fish and vegetables in the food processor that he wanted to eat off the spoon. Later my husband came down looking for a snack, popped one in his mouth, and grinned from ear to ear. They're awfully delicious. He asked me to make him a batch!