12000 pounds of chocolate – Uh, yes please!

Nablopomo – Something I want

12000 pound chocolate bar for Think Big Eat Smart campaign for portion control for kids - guiness world record for largest chocolate bar

Twelve thousand pounds of chocolate? Yes please! Do you realize how many years months weeks days hours that would last me?? :P

Not sure if you can see that video…..if not, here’s the link.

12000 pound chocolate bar for Think Big Eat Smart campaign for portion control for kids - guiness world record for largest chocolate bar

Om nom nom.

Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold – Pease porridge under the princess’ bed?

books, cookbooks, food, kids, picky eaters | November 14, 2011 | By

Nablopomo – Fairytale

The Fairy Tale Cookbook by Carol MacgregorThe Fairy Tale Cookbook by Sandre Moore

I went to find a link for the first book when I discovered the second book instead. I guess more than one person thought it’d be cool to publish a cookbook using fairytale foods, huh? Actually, if you keep looking, there are several cookbooks along the same idea.

Between the two of those right there, though, here are some of the recipes and tales covered:

~The Pancake (a big blueberry pancake)
~Hansel and Gretel (bread trail, gingerbread house,etc,)
~Goldilocks and the Three Bears (porridge)
~Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (poisoned apple)
~The Three Billy Goats Gruff (wild vegetables and grass)
~The Princess and the Pea (the pea)
~Puss in Boots (a wild rabbit for the king)
~Strega Nona (pasta)
~Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp (fruit)
~A Story, a Story (yams)
~The Bremen Town Musicians (baked beans and frankfurters)
~East of the Sun and West of the Moon (a fine meal, and fish)
~Sleeping Beauty (a feast of chicken)
~Little Red Riding Hood (the basket of goodies)
~Tom Thumb (pudding)
~The Twelve Months (strawberries, apples)
~Cinderella (oranges and lemons)
~The Nutcracker (pecans)
~The Ugly Duckling (bread and grain)
~The Gingerbread Man 
~Three Little Kittens (pie)
~Jack and the Beanstalk 
~Paul Bunyan (pancakes)
~The Three Bears (porridge) 
~Stone Soup

Yum.  Involve the kids in making their favorite fairy tale’s recipes and you may have an easier time with your pickiest eaters. Or hey, at least have some food maybe you’ll enjoy after you give in to their PB&J requests instead. :P

Cooking Indian foods – Could we use a few more spices?

indian, picky eaters, spices, tomatoes | October 27, 2011 | By

13 bottles of spices…and the end one is Garam Masala, which is a blend of several more spices on its own….yikes!)

I would say I’m fairly minimalistic when it comes to spices. I use more than salt and pepper, but I like to stick with a few key ones in a dish, each one packing a punch or bringing an important taste.

When it comes to cooking Indian cuisine, though, the recipes seem to be so spice-heavy that it’s hard not to use a ton.

A couple years ago, I decided to have an Indian night where I introduced the style to the girls. I made fresh naan, rice, and 3 different main dishes.

I like going this route with new styles of dishes (especially for picky eaters) so there’s a higher chance of every person finding at least one variety they really like (or are at least able to eat, hehe). On the flip side, I could’ve only fixed one dish, had 2/3rds of the family dislike it and hungry, and thinking “ew, Indian food, I had that once and didn’t like it.” No thanks.

Seeing as how these pictures are from 2+ years ago, I actually don’t remember what exactly I fixed, much less which recipes I used. It appears to be an Indian daal  made with green lentils on the left and an aloo gobi featuring cauliflower and chickpeas on the right. Third dish? No idea what it was and I wasn’t taking pictures for the site at the time, so I didn’t make sure to have shots of everything, oops.

All I do know is that not all the spices got put up after dinner and I think I was still finding stray bottles days later. :P And yes, everyone found something they liked (even if it was mostly the naan flat bread that hit the spot, hehe).