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In which Enzo learns to smash food

Last week I steamed some vegetables and apples for Enzo. We have been feeding him purees and food pouches, and I want him to experience more textures and also to feed his own damn self.


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And after:

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Let me tell you that steamed broccoli florets are not fun to clean out of a yoga mat. He got some of it into his mouth, but mostly he wanted to smash it on his table and then into his crotch.

The carrots were sweet, pale yellow carrots from Quinciple, which he seemed to like.

This morning we went to the farmer’s market but there wasn’t much more than roots and mealy apples, which have been disappointing the past few weeks. I had some baby zucchini that I’d bought last week and some bananas:

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Again, these ended up mostly in his crotch and on the ground, but he did try to eat more. I also fed him some nori and put oolong tea in a sippy cup.

As far as food pouches go, he has certain ones that he really likes, so I’m going to try to recreate them in “real” food format. I also bought some 10-grain cereal to mix with pureed fruit/veggies to give him more protein.

Meanwhile, I made myself a farmer’s market salad for lunch.

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Trader Joe’s honey chevre topped with roasted scarlet turnips and some Japanese greens tossed in olive oil and rosé vinegar. Fuck you already, winter.

I don’t really have a recipe to post for this; if you can’t roast vegetables and assemble a salad, I can’t really help. It’s in the latest issue of Saveur, which has a lot of great recipes and articles in it.

Also, thanks so much to Le Gamin for giving Ryan food poisoning. Otherwise I’d be eating a heavier lunch.


Farm to Stomach Monsters

I heard about Quinciple on Grub Street and decided to check it out. Basically, each week you get a box delivered (or you pick it up in Brooklyn) of farmer’s market ingredients. The box comes with information on each ingredient, as well as recipe cards should you need some inspiration.

Ryan and I have just gotten our second box and we are loving it so far. Here are a few things we’ve made:

Pan seared pollock with dill potatoes,
Pollock with dill potatoes. Also on the side: roasted fennel and garlic scapes, with tomatoes.

Sugar snap peas, mint, lemon over ricotta
Sugar snap peas with lemon zest & juice, mint, parsley over ricotta.

White anchovies & North Sea Rye bread
White anchovies from Paisano’s and North Sea Rye bread – this is made with a few different kinds of flour, flax seeds, and wheat berries, which lend a nutty flavor and chewy texture. It’s dense and lasts a couple of days – I love it.

Baby rainbow beets
Baby rainbow beets, trimmed and washed…

Spigarello with baby rainbow beets, winter wheat berries, and toasted hazelnuts
Our veggie side tonight featuring those rainbow beets (roasted), spigarello (a cross between broccoli and kale?), toasted hazelnuts, and winter wheat berries. I cooked it in garlic, added some balsamic vinegar, and a drop of orange oil. Beets and oranges go really well together – I could’ve also had this as a salad, with shaved raw beets and sliced clementines. Yummy!

Summer zucchini with parsley, mint
Summer squash sliced thinly, with olive oil, salt, pepper, red wine vinegar, and lots of parsley and mint. Special ingredient: fish sauce!

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam, Rhubarb Syrup
Strawberry-rhubarb jam and rhubarb syrup. We got some really great, sweet wild strawberries but they are delicate and didn’t fare well on the trip home so I used most of them for the jam. The rhubarb is from last week’s box. I made the syrup to drizzle over yogurt or ice cream and also to make mimosas with. Rhumosas?

I realize this is pretty lazy since I live quite close to the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket. However the pick up location for our box is convenient, and it is nice to have a variety of things I might normally never buy. Wheat berries, spigarello, and different breads, to name a few. Also, having a ready-packed box takes some of the menu planning out of our hands which is a good thing. We cook at home A LOT and it is tiresome to try to put together a menu that agrees with both of us night after night. So this provides a basis for that. There are a lot of fruits and vegetables, as well as dry goods and meat. So it’s a well-balanced box.

It’s a pretty good deal at under $40, and with a few extra ingredients you’ve got dinner for two. You can cancel at any time, or skip a week or more if needed. I like this better than a CSA because you get different ingredients every week. I’m learning about new produce and products, as well as producers. I haven’t used any of the recipe cards yet but they are quite nice to have. If you’re in Manhattan or Brooklyn I highly recommend checking it out.