I've been waylaid. Today, I gave a presentation in my son's classroom on healthy foods. I brought in little tasting cups of cut-up kiwi, pomegranate, avocado, Meyer lemon, black beans, edamame and roasted kabocha squash. The kids had to guess what they were after trying each one. It was pretty hilarious to see their faces, especially when they bit into the diced lemons. I passed around some whole, uncut produce, too (persimmons, butternut squash, ruby red grapefruit) so they could handle and smell a variety of different fruits and vegetables.
Then the best part: a fellow mom (and veteran teacher) took the kids out to the little garden she'd planted with them earlier in the fall. The kids picked their own lettuces, smelled the freshly dug garlic, and admired the skinny roots on the ends of the radishes. When spring rolls around, they class will make a salad.
I don't want to get all touchy-feely, but there's something magical about watching children interact with nature.
I have cookies to bake for the contest, so I'm out of here. I'll post the next recipe soon.
Hungarian Horns are on deck.