Last weekend, my parents had a little gathering with friends and a riotously great card game we call “Pounce,” and everyone brought something to eat or drink. I had mostly settled on bringing lime, onion, and caramelized corn quesadillas, but flipping through a cookbook aimed at kids (and found at Ikea!), I found this little number. I altered it a little bit, but the results are close to the original. But first, let me tell you about the cookbook—because it makes me smile.
It’s true that Ikea has a whole lotta good that I love, that I covet their design, eco-sensibility, and these curtains. But cookbooks? Who knew! I picked up the Kids cookbook (published in Düsseldorf by NGV publishers…sorry, I couldn’t find an image online for it) on a whim, but it actually has plenty of good in it. It’s written tailored to the Western European sensibility, including a few ingredients I’d never heard of nor would have any idea where to get (quark, anyone?). But the recipes are fresh and although they’re geared toward kids, this kid-at-heart can see many things that the adults would like, too. The recipes are very simple, too–“Fine Cream of Carrot Soup” has seven ingredients, counting salt and pepper as one ingredient each. I also love cookbooks from or geared to other countries besides the U.S., because I guess I hope I learn a little bit about how people live in those places. Or at least what they eat. I’m interested in the new recipes like “Vegetable Rosti with Herb Yogurt” (Western Europeans do love their yogurt…but what is a rosti?), “German Steamed Pudding,” and even a recipe for gnocchi—a first for me.
This was perfect at the end of a mostly hot, humid week (a precursor, it seems, to this week) and also great for me. I’m a. standard no-thank-you-I’ll-just-have-water kind of girl, but it’s nice for a party to have a little something else for comp’ny. I don’t know if I’ve ever bought a carbonated beverage for myself more than five or so times (someone, I’m sure, will have evidence to the contrary on this, but I’ll tell them their memory is failing them) this is also perfect.
Nutritional low-down: why I’m anti-soda
I’m quite happy that although we may not see eye-to-eye on the quantity of meat needed per meal, the Midwestern Meateater and I actually agree about not buying soda/pop. It’s not so great for us or anyone else.
What’s your take on pop? Do you substitute other beverages?
Did you know that there is a negative correlation between bone mass density (the hardness of your bones; the harder, the better) and the consumption of pop, especially in the adolescent years? Yep. But listen up–it’s hard on all of us, at any age. Part of the consequence is that choosing to drink pop is choosing not to drink something with actual benefits (like milk or water), but the amount of phosphorus in pop also affects the ability of your bones to become hard. So, that means the chances of developing osteoporosis (women and men) and of having brittle, easier-to-break bones goes up. So, off the pop! Onto sparkly beverages! Oh, my weakness for beverages made with club soda…one day I’ll tell you about my career making Italian sodas and my whole berry sparkler.
What drinks remind you of warm weather? I’d love to hear what summery concoctions are waiting to be tasted out there.
From “raw” to eating: less than five minutes (plus time to chill)
Makes: a big pitcher full (see picture)
Combine, stir, and taste. Add more OJ concentrate, etc., as needed. Let chill in a pretty pitcher. Serve to guests, who will drink it quickly.