Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Everyday Life: Dinner is dreadful sometimes -- UPDATE!

OK, I've figured it out.

Figuring out what to make for dinner is hard because sometimes when you make a meal, the toddler, who really, really, really loves food, immediately dives in like you haven't fed him for two or three weeks. And sometimes said meal that you have made is unknowingly not toddler-friendly. And sometimes, because the toddler loves his food so and dives in before everyone else, you do not realize that said dinner is, in fact, so spicy that it will cause the toddler's eyes to begin running like faucets and his normal skin shade to turn into a hue best described as bright, ripe-tomato red. And then because of the extreme level of hotness in the said food, the toddler begins to wail about it being "TOO HOT!"

So when you, along with the toddler, have lovingly prepared

this feast after watching Rachael Ray whip it up

and he ends up eating this

you become a little disgruntled with the whole cooking dinner thing because all you really had to do was slap some all-natural ham slices, corn and home-made hummus on his plate. You think to yourself and agonzie about where you went wrong with dinner. You recall the recipe in your head. What made it so unbelievably hot?

And only after preparing said food do you really and truly review the ingredients:
2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
extra firm tofu (my alteration)
Salt and ground black pepper
1 red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
1 onion, chopped
2 to 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
1 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and grated
1 tablespoon hot sauce
2 tablespoons tamari
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1/4 cup orange marmalade
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup regular or honey-roasted cashews
3 scallions, thinly sliced on a bias

And then finally, after reviewing the list of ingredients, you realize that the one tablespoon of hot sauce might have had something to do with it.

Duh. And this is why making dinner, at least for me, is such a tough endeavor. At least my husband liked it. But he did have to drink about three really full glasses of water along with his very yummy, yet very spicy dinner.


  1. Oh, poor Toddler! I hope his mouth has recovered. Sorry about all your effort. :(

  2. I'm sure Gabe knows the word "spicy." If he doesn't, he will.

  3. Why am I giggling when I should be commiserating with poor Toddler?!

  4. Reasons like that are why I prefer to be the stock girl and dishwasher.


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