My first impulse today was to post a picture of a slug, pointing out that that is what I have been in the last few days, but they are so repulsive looking I decided against it. My very best intentions have evaporated into full-on femme de mason mode with baby, so once again I apologize for being remiss in this space.
As you know Ella’s parents are on vacation, their first in three years and I’m in charge. They left me a veritable dossier of numbers, contacts, friends, insurance cards, signed documents giving me permission to make medical decisions, the car insurance papers, and cards for the AAA, the library and the gym where Ella has her Saturday morning swim classes and I can exercise in the pool. Their gym offers a meditation class tomorrow and I’m thinking, “That’s just what I need.”
Already, I have swung their car door open and hit myself in the face thus giving myself a swollen black and blue eye; then probably left the lights on in the car because it now doesn’t start; a friend and I were drinking a glass of red wine yesterday when Ella threw herself on to my lap leading to a huge stain on the living room sofa (her mother is going to kill me); and I inadvertently turned off the ringer on my phone — or Ella did — sending MRFLIF into panic mode because he couldn’t reach me.
As you can see, I’ve been busy. . .
Those are my feeble excuses.
Important change of subject: I thought it might be interesting for you to hear about Ella’s very French meal and snack routine.
She loves vegetables, is mad about avocado and prefers fish over red meat. She eats plain yogurt, with fresh fruit, but never sugar.
She has almond butter on the mornings she has whole wheat toast.
She doesn’t eat candy, her favorite dessert is raspberries.
She drinks water with meals and has whole, organic milk when she wakes up in the morning, with her afternoon snack and before she goes to bed. Then she brushes her teeth after breakfast and her evening milk.
This morning for breakfast she had: A kiwi and a half of a banana and mini shredded wheat with milk, no sugar.
Yesterday for lunch she had sweet potato, mixed vegetables and cheddar cheese. For dessert she had applesauce and blueberries.
Sunday dinner was: Chicken, broccoli, avocado and brown rice. Dessert was raspberries and pears.
Her afternoon snack was a glass of milk and little bunny cookies made with all natural ingredients.
Andrea continued to reintroduce foods in different ways until Ella started to like them, like cauliflower for example and tomatoes. Now she likes both of them, particularly a fresh tomato sauce on pasta but not spaghetti because of the shape. Go figure.
Ella’s parents have no illusions about her future experiences with candy and such when she is with friends, but the idea was to set up a good first example and a variety of flavourful, unadulterated food experiences.
As French parents have proved consistently, it is exciting and interesting to savour all nuances of flavours. Natural yogurt has an exciting taste with no sugar, maybe with fresh fruit.
The other day — and I’ll tell you more about this in a future post — I interviewed one of the world’s best pastry chefs (he’s French) for my next book, and we had a long conversation about family dinners, how American children (and adults) eat, and more.