Laura and I have been thinking a lot lately about the school year and the particular challenges it presents to parents. Because, let's be honest, it's not just our kids who have to tackle school, it's the whole family. There are so many moving parts: the school run, or in our case, the school bus, getting kids, lunches, homework, gym shoes and that freaking science project, all to school along with the child, the after school period of classes, team practices, home work supervision and, yep, dinner and lunch making so you can do it all again tomorrow. Frankly, it's bonkers. And even though we all signed up for bonkers we can still use some help, right?
This recipe is some help. I think this may be my new quiche. Long time readers of SPC know that I had a good, long run with making quiche for my kids' lunches but their affections are waning. Never mind, now we've got broccoli cheese patties to take their place. These are a great vitamin, carb, protein combo that you make ahead, freeze and pull out as you need them. One or two patties, along with some fruits and veggies and you've got a really great school lunch.
Oh, and here's that video we made about lunches again! More coming soon, I promise.
Ceri makes me laugh all the time. It's probably why we work so well together. When you collaborate for a small business, you often find yourself in the weeds, and if you can't laugh while you're in the weeds then you're just, you know, in the damn weeds. Recently, while working on a document we were passing back and forth by e-mail, Ceri wrote the line "Remember that aversion you had to leftovers when you were single? Wasn't that cute?" in a section about dinners that double as lunches. It wasn't just a funny line, it was so me! I used to be blasé about leftovers. (Oh, that stuff in the take-out container, sure I'll bring it with me. Maybe I'll eat it, maybe not.) I grew up in a family who believed in the importance of good food and definitely didn't believe in waste. In fact, we have this inside joke with my parents that they'll eat anything, even if it's long (and I mean looooong) past its expiration date, because they can't bear to throw anything out. There's also the fact they have stomaches of steel. So it's pretty incongruent that I used to turn my nose up to leftovers as if they were a box full of bile.
What do you hear about your kid's day at school? Does the dinner table Q & A about everyone's day get you very far? I used to feel like I knew everything about Esme's day as she was such a detailed reporter on the daily events at kindergarten. In fact, I would let other parents know the scoop based on her accounts. But until recently, I never heard a lot about what other kids got in their lunches (even though I asked ALL THE TIME — have I mentioned I'm competitive?).
**We interrupt this post to ask if you've seen our latest video? It's all about adding fruits and vegetables to school lunch recipes!**
With Julian it's a whole other story. Right out of the gate I was hearing everything about every other lunch at his little senior kindergarten lunch table. Along with a healthy does of incredulity, I might add. "Pudding!" he yelled at me, the other day, "Sam gets pudding!" I hear about the big pieces of bread, the juice boxes, the candy (not sure I quite believe that one), the cookies, etc. What can I do? I've got to play my own game, that's all I can do. I'm trying to add some new recipes to my roster, like this amazing, sweet and salty frittata. It makes a great, light dinner and then it packs really well into a lunch the next day. Who knows, maybe one of Julian's classmates will yell over dinner, "Frittata! Julian had frittata!" Read more
It's not just a convenient snack, apples are a great addition to a long list of recipes for any meal. And, if you've recently gone apple picking, you need to deal with a whole lot of apples. Stop giving them out to passer-by's and pushing them on your neighbours, we've got an apple recipe for any meal you need to throw down. Except dessert. For God's sake, if you want a dessert idea, just eat a damn apple. Read more
I made a lot of crumbles this summer with various fruit combinations including blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and peaches. It was my go-to dessert whenever I entertained at the cottage. Since I entertained more than usual this year, we ate a lot of crumble, probably too much. Oddly, we're not sick of it yet. Scarlett couldn't wait to make one when we got a basket of apples from a friend. I actually couldn't wait either. After spending the first few weeks of the new school year running around like I was on fire, it felt good to slow down and just make a crumble. As I slowly moved about my kitchen mixing ingredients, for a moment, I could have sworn it was a lazy warm summer afternoon but I was jogged from my daydream when Scarlett demanded that I spell the word "Wednesday." Daydream over, homework on.