March 11, 2013
I feel like many of you think my kids love everything I make. Well, it's true that they do like an awful lot of what I cook for them, but there are plenty of times we go to battle over my creations. As I am generally testing new recipes daily in my kitchen, I sometimes wish I could video my kids' reactions to them -- believe me, there are plenty of responses and they're not always harmonious.
Today's recipe is a perfect example. Kenya walked in to the house last week and saw the cookie sheet covered with these flakey Spinach Cheddar Chive Scones. He's always famished when he comes home from school and so I offered him one. Here's how the rest of the scene played out:
Kenya: "Eeeeww! What are these? They're green!"
Me: (big smile on my face) "They're scones! You love scones! And they have cheddar cheese in them, too!"
Kenya: "But they're green."
There are few things cuter to me than watching my 6 year-old make a major culinary decision. Does he show a bit of weakness and give in to his mom -- which kids obviously hate to do -- or does he hold his ground and prove to me that anything green that shouldn't be green is inedible?
While Kenya pondered his decision, I quietly picked up a scone and took a bite. After a few minutes Kenya did the same. We both sat at the counter, eating in silence, until he couldn't stifle it anymore and said, "these are really good!" Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat I wanted to jump up and down and reply I told you so!, but instead I played the cool mom and simply smiled.
Sometimes just a bit of patience and not pushing your kids is all you need to make green food become good food.