Monday, March 10, 2014

Five Good Things

Poor goats! We have a lot of beets in our garden bed, and sometimes I use the greens in our smoothies, but most days I feed them to the goats. The goats love them, but hey! Now I know better. Maria was in her after-school Foodie club, where she had a wonderful lesson in seasoning fresh school garden veggies with infused olive oils and amazing balsamic vinegars. And now that we've had a taste of what can be simply and deliciously prepared with beet greens, spinach, beets, potatoes, broccoli and even popcorn... our poor goats will have to stand in line for any more beet tops!

I was there, too, taking pictures and taking notes. I wanted every recipe! Cookbooks are good and fine, but watching twenty-four grade school students cleaning their plates and asking for more... that was all the convincing and inspiration I needed. Last night we grilled chicken, baked potatoes, and fixed asparagus, and a salad. The asparagus were tossed with walnut oil, and Violet Balsamic vinegar, then grilled. Our beet tops and spinach were sprinkled with Eureka lemon evoo, and some Raspberry balsamic. Dinner was a big hit all around.

Back at school, watching Maria love the broccoli was pleasant enough, but the most stunning moment came when she decided to try the popcorn. My daughter doesn't like popcorn?? Shocking, I know. Stove-top popped, then tossed with a butter infused evoo, sprinkled with salt... that popcorn disappeared in a snap! Even Maria had a handful.

As for last night's dinner... Bambi and Alex prepared recipes from Culinary Arts. Both, Max and Bambi are in this class, and learning loads of recipes. We enjoyed veggie lasagna, and Key lime cupcakes! Maria and I were happy to whip up another salad to bring to the feast. I hope this will become a regular Sunday tradition!

Good Things...

1. School gardens + local businesses.

2. Many cooks in the kitchen.

3. Geoff's diligence in the fight against computer hackers.

4. FIRST 2102 Team Paradox, and everyone supporting Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math education.

5. Watching goats and chickens and bunnies running around the yard.

Have you been enjoying some good things? I hope you will share with us.


Anna Banana said...

1. Big apple bites.
2. Break from reality - sorely needed.
3. Cat sitter reports seeing cat.
4. Passport located within 5 min.
5. Pi day is coming. My Pi day resolution: Pick one place for passports; cookie jar, under the bed, behind the cat treats - doesn't matter as long as they live there no matter what.

warren said...

Hackers suck...yeah Geoff!