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.