1 slice bread
1 slice cheddar cheese
Toast the bread and cut it in half …
Spread on jam …
Put the cheese on. Close the sandwich and enjoy! …
Lucas created this sandwich some time ago and he suggested I post it. Here is a little interview I did with Lucas while he was chomping on his masterpiece:
Me: How did you come up with the idea?
L: I was first thinking I wanted a 3 sandwich (triple layer – three slices of bread and two spaces for toppings) but then I decided that I didn’t want to do that. I wanted to make a double sandwich and I wanted it to be different so I chose cheese and jam and bread.
(takes a bite … “very good!”) Continue reading
For weeks Lucas wrote dozens of letters. To me, his dad and Sofia…to his great-grandmother and just about anyone who came to visit. He experienced great contentment from this and so did we!
From Maria Montessori, Her Life and Her Work (words of E.M. Standing and Maria Montessori):
“The adult stops working when he has reached the end for which he set out – i.e., when his job is finished; or when he is too tired to go on. But, as we have seen, the child does not stop when the external end has been reached; he very often goes back to the beginning and repeats it, many times. But he does stop in the end – and that quite suddenly. Why does he stop just at that moment? It is because, unconsciously, he feels within himself that he has obtained what he needs from that particular activity – for the time being at any rate. While he has been repeating the exercises, there has been going on inside him a process of psychic maturation, which has now come full circle. A need has been satisfied; and he stops because the “cycle of work” has been completed.
The child does not stop working because he is fatigued. On the contrary, he issues from such a “cycle of work” as one strengthened and refreshed. His whole being manifests a characteristic calmness, almost a radiant serenity. He can be compared, on the psychic plane, “to a man who feels refreshed and content after a good meal.” The child who has come out of one of these prolonged periods of concentration feels “at peace with the world.” His soul is in a particularly sensitive state. He oversees many things in his surroundings that he did not observe before. He experiences a deepening of the social sentiment. ‘He becomes richer and more openhearted. This is just the moment when he may choose, quite spontaneously, to make some intimate communication, or demonstration of affection to his teacher, or to others; or even exeperience some new manifestation of the religious sentiment. The diner, who has dined well, will greet a friend affably whom before the dinner he might have passed without even a glance. This need not surprise us; before being able to expend our forces we must first collect them.‘ “
I should clarify that I am not taking sugar and refined flours completely out of my family’s diet. I adore seeing Sofia’s fat cheeks munching on a croissant when we’re shopping at the farmer’s market and I enjoy baking cookies with Lucas from time-to-time. I just have a vision of a food circle, instead of a pyramid, with sweets and refined foods being on the periphery. In the center are an abundance of greens, a rainbow of fruits, whole grains, farm-fresh eggs and humanely-raised meats. It’s when the periphery foods become central to our diets that a bit of thought and commitment may be required to push them back out.
That being said (and in true Natali fashion) I offer you a cookie recipe! Continue reading
Tonight the sun sets on my second sugar cleanse of the year and again I have been blessed with many helpful insights. Continue reading
(Update 5/11/13: This weekend I tweaked this recipe a bit – just upped the quinoa and added a cooking tip. I also tried it sprinkled with roasted sunflower seeds – it was a really good addition!)
Do you love quinoa? Not so much? Whatever the case, I dare to say you would love this salad. Love! And if you’ve never tried quinoa, this dish is a warm welcome into the world of this super psuedo-grain…pseudo because nutritionally, it resembles a grain, but it is actually a seed. And super because it is a complete protein, nutrient dense, low glycemic, gluten free and alkalinizing. Imagine if we all plopped down with a big bowl of this at the end of the day!
I just served this salad to a group of friends with widely differing palates. I was actually a little nervous. But it was a smash success. With everyone! “I can’t get wait to get this recipe!” “Can you, like, buy this somewhere?” Continue reading
We are big-time pizza lovers around here and I’m so glad I found a way to have it while doing the sugar/refined flour cleanse (we’ve been dying for it!) I got some whole-wheat tortillas made with basic ingredients, made a quick pizza sauce and let everyone choose their own toppings. They were delicious!
Tonight’s toppings were:
chopped yellow bell peppers
sliced Vidalia onions
arugula & spinach
Tomato-Herb Pizza Sauce:
This makes a lot of sauce so freeze the leftovers or use it for pasta the next day.
one cup onions, chopped small
one carton strained Pomi tomatoes (26.46 oz.)
herbs, chopped (this time I used 1t dried oregano, a bay leaf, and a big grab of herbs from the garden – fresh thyme, parsley and basil)
salt & pepper, to taste (Pomi tomatoes are unsalted so I start with 1/2t and go from there)
In a saucepan, saute the onions over medium-low until translucent. Add the sauce, bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and then reduce to low. While the sauce is simmering over low heat, add the herbs and s&p. Simmer, uncovered for about 20-30 min or more to let the flavors come together.
To make the pizzas: Continue reading
One perk of being a recovering hoarder is still having lots of whatzits for little hands to explore. I gathered a few (age appropriate for sharpness and risk of choking) and voila – The Invention Box.
At first Lucas wasn’t sure what to make.
Then one day he was drawing at the kitchen table while I was cooking. I heard some mumbling about “plans”…
A little while later he unveiled this lion. Spectacular, isn’t it?
I thought, how could he ever top this? And then he made a musical instrument! All by himself! … Continue reading