Wednesday, December 15, 2010

there is always a story

(A few images from my lunch yesterday with Alexi at Sitka & Spruce.)

As a way to elicit a personal story about the holidays and holiday traditions, Abbott's third grade teacher has the kids writing about a favorite holiday food. Later this week, they have the opportunity to bring in that food for a potluck. When I asked Abbott what he wrote about and what he wanted to bring in, he said brownies. I was a bit puzzled, as I've never made brownies at the holidays - Cal hates chocolate. I wonder if the story for Abbott is, he loves chocolate and doesn't get much of it, even at Christmas, and would like to remedy that. I'm planning to make peppermint brownies today. Food can tell so much about us, our families, where we come from - I think it's a wonderful exercise. I'm so looking forward to tomorrow's potluck.

10 comments:

RW said...

hmm.
insightful mama you are.

likeschocolate said...

I am going to have to put this place on my list of places to eat for the next visit to Seattle. The clams with white beans looks amazing!

Ines said...

Lecia, I found your blog a few days ago and I have been reading every day. I love your blog. I had been looking for a *new* blog to follow. Yours is truly inspiring. Thank you.

Purple Flowers said...

I totally agree. I have begun following certain cooking and baking traditions from my Mother and Grandmother. I feel the love and warmth in my kitchen when I am in there.
Maybe a tradition for alittle chocolate for Abott is in order?
I am sure he will remember it.

shari said...

i especially love that top image, lecia. i think you may be right about abbott. this was a lovely post.

Heather said...

That looks like perfection at the table. Wow, what a special meal.

Ina in Alaska said...

That is a good reflection! More chocolate please for Abbott. I myself am gearing up for some fudge...

your lunch looked divine from the photos... xoxo

Laura said...

My husband just about had a fit the Christmas that his mom forgot to make her butterhorn rolls for the Christmas dinner. And every time she puts her dainties platter on the table (after the dessert, of course) I always look for her creamcheese snowballs with the coloured mint on top!

But the "tradition" tradition, well, that would be the rice pudding with the almond!

Vanessa said...

How nice of Cal to write the story for Abbott and good luck with the peppermint brownies. I can't wait for the recipe as I love mint. Food is filled with all kinds of associations and memories, someting that ties us together, especially at this special time. Your lunch with Alexi looks lovely.

KPiep said...

If it were Gillian I would have to be taking in mussels in white wine sauce...which I also don't fix at the holidays, but which she would eat every single day if we had them!

Funny how our kids communicate with us. Definitly more chocolate for Abbott!