Sunday, May 15, 2011
Have you noticed that the cost of groceries is skyrocketing?
If you haven't, please tell us where you shop!
I have changed my eating habits to increase fruits and grains consumption and to reduce salt (a lot) and sugar (a little bit) over the past year. Mike is not so into what he calls "depression era" foods and "third world country" cuisine. He likes what he likes and is not so inclined to venture into new territory. I have been steadily building my stock of herbs and spices and increasing my variety of fresh vegetables. Mike views these efforts with suspicion so we are ending up spending more time cooking separate meals together.
However, his daughter is a kick-a** good cook. If she cooks something and does not make a major deal about full disclosure of all the ingredients in a big way, he will eat it and declare whatever she serves, "the best meal" he has ever eaten. In turn, this gives just a little bit of license to try something she has served or use a recipe "kind of like what Renee made that time."
Friday night, I made barbecued country-style spareribs--because the meat was on sale and his daughter had made ribs the last time we visited--and he helped me grill them. Had I ever, ever before asked if he would want that for supper, he would have said no, but he really did enjoy them and, while I had just one rib, there were no leftovers. There were no leftover sweet potatoes either, but I had only roasted one and ate that myself.
Should I get that book by Jerry Seinfeld's wife about how to trick your children into eating vegetables, or should I just give it up?
Full disclosure: Mike does eat lots of fresh fruit, tossed green salad, and raw vegetables. Also, I totally understand that I will not change him, and I don't really want to, anyway.
P.S I hit spell check and nothing happened. Since I have never failed to get some yellow high lights before, I assume spell check was a casualty of the recent blogger breakdown.