Wednesday, July 25, 2007

No, really, it's yucky! You won't like it!

Cora found two new things yesterday that she thought tasted really good. One was my iced coffee. She kept trying to get hold of my cup and I kept telling her it was coffee, yucky, not for babies, and she wouldn't like it. Finally, I gave her a little with the straw. And she smacked her lips, laughed, and signed for more. Yikes. And I actually gave her another sip. Hey - if you hand me that shovel, I'd be happy to dig it myself!

The other new thing was actually new to all of us - I tried a new recipe for dinner last night - grilled tofu and red peppers with soba noodles in a sauce/marinade. As the Twin Cities approached 80% humidity and a heat index of 98 degrees, it seemed time for a cold noodle dinner...especially since my chances of getting take-out Thai seemed slim. (That rotting deck? The one that also turns out not to be up to code anyway? About $5000 to replace. At least that includes demolishing and hauling away the old one!) The sauce: hoisin, rice wine (really cooking sherry as I remembered the contents of my cupboard incorrectly), soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, tomato paste, ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes (Deborah Madison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, p178). You marinate the tofu in this sauce first.

When we were at the grocery store Monday, I broke a knob of ginger off a larger piece and held the broken end out to Cora to smell. She tried to lick it. I should have known then, especially after last week's lime slice sucking episode.

After I made the sauce I tasted it (yummy! spicy!) and Cora saw me and started making her "I want some" noises. So, I let her lick a little off my finger. She wrinkled up her face, shook her head, and then signed for more. So, I gave her a little more. Of course. And she signed for more again. And when dinnertime finally rolled around, she also liked the peppers and soba noodles. I mean, come on, Daddy didn't even like the soba noodles!

Thank goodness the little epicure happily ate her waffle and omelet this morning and didn't make me whip up a steak-and-kidney pie. Though she did insist on the really good Vermont cheddar.

Cora dictates her review of last night's dinner for the next issue of BabyGourmet.

1 comment:

Beck said...

What a cutie!
My oldest daughter took a big sip of my iced cappuccino and announced that it tasted like molasses, which caused my brother to tell me that I'm raising my kids funny.