my boy is very private. you wouldn't know it once you get to know him, but he doesn't like it when i talk about him. or write about him here. or share his photo. very private at the age of almost-nine. so i had to ask for permission before sharing this story. and he said it would be alright if i wrote here about how he made dinner on monday night.
Thursday, August 28, 2008 at 05:13PM
first, i ought to tell you that we cook together a lot. in our family, each child cooks one dish of their own choosing each week. they have some great kids cookbooks that they use for choosing, though often a dish comes from their imagination, or a meal they've eaten in a restaurant, or something they've read about in a book. it might be something for dinner or dessert or a weekend brunch, anything. they choose, they cook, i stay out of the way as much as i can manage. but since we've been remodeling the kitchen for most of the summer, we've been out of the routine, and we've all missed it, i think.
last week, the kids wanted to cook dinner. the whole meal. all by themselves. they asked and asked, but circumstances beyond my control forced me to say "no" day after day. sunday night they finally had the chance to prepare sesame noodles - the dish they were most eager to make (where they came up with this particular idea, i'm not certain) - in a hurry and with a lot of help from dad. it was a delicious side dish - the pasta with a sesame sauce, but all through dinner we came up with embellishments, "it would be great with a little bit of this." or, "maybe we should add a little bit of that."
so monday, after the first day of school, we made it again. and we made it supreme. or, rather, b. made it again, and b. made it supreme. he started with the same basic sauce as the night before, and the adjustments we had come up with at dinner, and then he added vegetables and added eggs and tofu until he had a whole meal in one bowl! i might have made a suggestion or two, and i scrambled the eggs and boiled the pasta and the rice, but that was about it. he even threw his vegetable scraps into the compost. i was so proud of him. he was so proud of himself. and dinner was delicious.
i couldn't resist sharing his recipe. (with permission, of course!)
sesame noodles supreme
10 ounces whole wheat linguini, boiled and drained
1 cup brown rice, cooked
3 T safflower oil
3 T sesame oil
2 T toasted sesame oil
3 garlic cloves, crushed
3 gigantic spoonfuls of crunchy peanut butter
4 T soy sauce
juice of one lemon (the recipe called for a lime, but we only had a lemon and it worked just fine)
3 T toasted sesame seeds
salt and pepper to taste
4 scallions, chopped
1/2 red pepper, diced
3 eggs, scrambled
1 block tofu, cubed
toss the noodles and rice together
add in the veggies, egg, and tofu
mix the sauce ingredients together and pour over the noodle mixture
toss together and enjoy warm or at room temperature or chilled from the fridge the next day