Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Honey and Vinegar


We had a play date over a couple weeks ago. Let's just say, the other kid was having a rough night. As I went to serve dinner, he screamed "No! I don't want that!" at me, and growled. The rest of the evening went about the same. I felt really bad for his mom. Having a run through the Terrible Threes is no picnic, much less a peaceful weeknight dinner.

When it was inevitably time for time out, the kid would not go. To up the ante, the mom's tactic was to put a bit of vinegar on her finger and give him a taste. I guess like soap, but without all the chemicals? I dunno. This is the point where I had a quiet chuckle, "Ah, that would so not work around here." I thought.

Around here, the Kiddo will darn near drink any kind of vinegar. I blame it on that whole theory that kids like what they get exposed to in utero. I ate salad with balsamic vinaigrette nearly every day.

When I put this recipe together, my helper was in the kitchen with me. She likes to use the whisk to emulsify the dressing. Once she stuck a finger in and found out it was lemon, vinegar, and honey, it was all I could to keep her from drinking the stuff.

The rest of the ingredients are a great way to use the arugula, herbs and spring onions that are fresh right now. In late summer, the cukes and tomatoes will be available locally as well.

Lemony Couscous Salad
Looking for this recipe? It will be part of an upcoming book with Ali at Cleaner Plate Club.

7 comments:

Korinthe said...

I think you mean "in utero", unless your kid was exposed to balsamic vinaigrette in a test tube or petri dish :)

Umamimama said...

I, too, have a vinegar drinker. She definitely has a sour tooth. My pregnancy craving with her was...sauerkraut! I had NEVER eaten it before I was pregnant with her, but during those 9 months, I ate it straight from the jar every day.

I've always wondered if I made her love vinegar or if she made me want the sauerkraut. Maybe she was a vinegar-loving German in a former life?

Carina said...

Yum! I love a good couscous salad. We make a similar one with a more Mediterranean flair. My only complaint is the two year old can make an unbelievable mess with couscous!

Rachel said...

You've got to be kidding me. Are we seriously the same person in two cities? Jess loves nothing more than licking lemon slices. We use vinegar on insect stings, too (takes the sting out), and she'll go around licking her own arms to get at the sour.

katiez said...

I have been getting into lemon juice lately, instead of vinegar for dressings...This is prfect.
I'm with the kiddo - fingers are good for that!

Anonymous said...

Korinthe, read it again, she said in utero not in vetro.

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