Feed your children something that makes you feel a little guilty. Occasionally something they clamour for, something they love, and let them eat as much as they want. Make it a special occasion out of nothing. It’s part of childhood, it’s part of growing up and it will form the basis of a memories that they will hold dear for life. The rest of the time, feed them chickpeas, quinoa, organic fruits and vegetables, homemade meals, or whatever you believe gives them the best start at life. But don’t forget to satisfy the kids in them.
When we were kids, every summer we spent one week at Christina Lake at a friend’s house. During that week, we were allowed to eat anything we wanted – as long as we ate a good dinner and drank a glass of milk. I ate creamsicles, sugar cereal, cans of pop, potato chips, bugles, corn chips, cookies and anything else I could get my hands on. During the rest of the year, we didn’t have ready access to such abundances – it was carefully monitored and often not even purchased. Frankly, I spent so much time swimming in the lake and running around the beach that I probably burned all those calories anyways. And the joy it brought my brother and I!
I’ve told you of our wiener roasts before. Today we had another one. We gathered our new roasting sticks, fried onions and white hot dog buns and cooked them over an open flame. Yes, I know that hot dogs have terrible things in them, I know that white bread has little redeeming value and that marshmallows are sugar bombs. I don’t eat like this normally, and so I let myself savour the taste memories.
July 16th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary: Ordinary food made extraordinary with layered memories over time.
(Photo Credit Emile – no post processing)