I did something I haven’t done in a while (if ever). I joined the ‘mom-car-line’ and then entertained a 4-and 7-year old for an entire afternoon. Meet Nico and Nina, the delicious and very active children of my niece, Teri, and her husband, Chris.
After picking up Nina at her preK and the never-ending car line at Nico’s school, I brought them back to my house to entertain(babysit) for an afternoon. After snacks, I took them to the pool. That was a no brainer – but dinner was a horse of another color. We have distinctly different palates.
Yes I had to wear the hat Nina made for me.
They’re great kids but typical. One likes ice cream, the other Ramen noodles (“spaghetti soup”)…. and they both like chicken fingers and fries, none of which they were going to find in the FOODalogue kitchen. If I was going to try to entice them into eating real food, I thought I’d get them involved in the process so ‘they’d own it’. (BTW – in the how’d-that-work-for-you? category, the answer would be not-so-much.)
Make-your-own (and 2 for Dad) pizzas
Mini turkey meatballs
Broccoli (Nico’s favorite vegetable)
I pre-made a fresh tomato sauce using 16 compari tomatoes, 1 clove of garlic, a handful of basil and some dry seasonings. No spice or chile flakes for their tender palates though I did throw a piece of star anise in which I’d been wanting to try ever since I saw Chef Novelli talk about it on his short-lived TV program. I didn’t look at this link until after so I see I forgot the vanilla bean (which was also strangely intriguing) and sugar. Another time.
Nina decided her pizzas should feature the leftover cookies from snack time.
We (or was it just me, can’t remember) set the table waiting for Dad to arrive. Nico immediately took the opportunity to play with my phone.
But Nina never made it to the table.
A little father-son bonding (rough-housing) after dinner and they were gone.
Bye bye Nina Bambina. Come back soon and bring your brother again.