Son: “Dad, what’s for dinner?”
Me: “Pork chops in a pineapple-glazed honey sauce with jasmine rice and edamame .”
Son: “AWWWWWW!!! NOOOO Dad!!! Aw come-on!! Can’t we have pizza?”
And that’s how our nights begin these days.
The kids love rice. They love honey. They love pineapple. And if you put a bowl of edamame in the middle of a room and unleash the little bastards they’ll literally fight to the death until it’s all gone.
Feeding edamame to them is like tying down a small child and throwing it into a room full of zombies. Yeah…like that.
But when you lovingly toss it all together on a plate, gleefully place it in front of the troops, stand back and wait for the overwhelming cheers…all we get is the kid’s version of Chef Ramsay.
“Dad! What the fuck is this you donkey? Come here…taste this! It’s crap dad! Crap!”
I absolutely love cooking. There’s nothing better than cranking the radio, pouring a full glass of red wine and knocking out a killer meal. But with the birth of two little rug-rats we’ve fallen victim to the lure of eating out.
Sitting at a table, having beer brought to you on demand without having to lift a finger while plates of goodness are brought is such a wonderful thing. But damn that’s expensive.
And sushi is…make that “was”…our weakness. We LOVE sushi!!! But damn it’s expensive.
The boy has to learn to eat food that costs less than $50 to create. The girl…well, she would eat chicken nuggets and chicken noodle soup until the world ended.
So, we’ve taken the old school “we used to walk to school uphill both ways” philosophy of parenting.
Last night we fed them pork chops. They tried it. They hated it. They went to bed with empty stomachs. And, yes…I showed them the trash can with their food in it and said, “daddy listened to a story on the radio today where a lady who struggles for food said a good day for her is when she gets half a glass of goat milk and cornmeal soup for the day.”
To help the message sink in further, maybe weekend we’ll take the boy to a soup kitchen.
I won’t categorize the experience as learning through guilt. Instead, I chalk it up as teaching through reality.
I’ll know I’m successful when he cleans his plate and then says, “dad, can we volunteer at the soup kitchen again this weekend?”
OK, now I’m dreaming. So I’ll lower my goals and just shoot for the clean plate.