EPT said "Yes" two times!!!
(Want to know the first thing this Food-Minded Mama ate when she found out she was pregnant? Triscuits and Squeeze Cheese; a lot of it. One box to one can.)
That was May 2, 2008. After I found out that I was going to have a baby, I continued to make an earnest effort to get my tours up and running, but The Food-Minded Traveler has become more of a consulting gig than anything. Posting food-, travel-, and Paris-centric ephemera on my Facebook and Twitter pages, and creating itineraries and lists of places to eat and see in Paris. I still have dreams of making my idea a reality, but my focus clearly had to be turned to making ends meet and raising my now nearly 3-year old daughter.
I'm sure it's pretty clear by the name of my blog that I'm a food lover, maybe even a foodie (which is, as best as I can tell, a geek about food). Ok, ok, I'm a TOTAL GEEK about food. I look at 'Food and Wine Magazine' and make noises that are normally heard in the bedroom. I have stacks of food history, gastronomical excursions, 'culture is food' kinds of books and I pore over all of them. I get excited about creating a menu and shopping for ingredients. My hobby before I became a mom was eating out. Now it's cooking for friends and loved ones.
So why have I decided to start The Food-Minded Mama? Well, I have some very strong feelings about how to feed kids, I'm living on an extremely tight budget, and I'm a single working mom who doesn't have (and doesn't want to take) the time to slave over a stove every night. And, it turns out that because of how I have been feeding my kid (or just sheer luck) she'll eat just about anything. She prefers fruit to chocolate, and eats broccoli like popcorn when we watch a movie. Pretty cool, huh?
Here's what I plan to offer through this blog:
- Time-saving and inexpensive recipes
- Mom's tricks on how to get your kid to try new foods
- Philosophies on food and eating
- Funny moments at the table
- Kitchen foibles
- Guilty pleasures
1. I am not a chef. I know how to cook, but I am in no way a chef.
2. I will do my best to write the recipes so that they are fool proof and easy to follow, but please be sure to read everything through before you start as I may inadvertently include an important beginning step at the very end (sorry for that in advance).
3. I am a terrible kitchen manager. I'm learning to use everything that I cook, but I'm not there yet.
4. I hate doing dishes. (Ok, that's more of a confession, but it's true).
I have a lot of fun cooking for my daughter and am continually amazed, surprised and proud of her eating habits. I hope that my readers will get something from this. If you ever have questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.