in honor of the date of the founding of
the food and agriculture organization of the united nations in 1945.
image credit: syrian refugee children – cbc
at my daughter’s house
getting ready to take the boys to a movie
i opened the freezer and looked for
something healthy and quick to eat before leaving
i chose what appeared to be
some quinoa/whole oats/ancient grains kind of thing
took off the top and heated it up
when i took my first bite i soon realized
there had been a mistake
on my part
it had a taste and texture that really didn’t register
as anything i had ever eaten before
vaguely familiar, but not so much
far from an ancient grain
and it did not taste good
though perhaps was healthy
i looked back again at the top
this time really looking
and saw that it was lightly labeled ‘bee wax’
no doubt from their hives in the backyard
“and what, socrates, is the food of the soul?
surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul.”
children’s book author roald dahl and his daughter, lucy
What If Willy Wonka Was Your Dad?
Roald Dahl’s Magical Parenting With Food
“food was a huge part of our upbringing,” lucy dahl says. her father delighted his children with fanciful “midnight feasts” in the woods and often used mealtime to test out new characters from stories he was working on.
three-course dinner chewing gum.
fizzy lifting drinks.
these, of course, are the creations of willy wonka, who himself is the creation of author roald dahl. food is a huge part of his work, and as it turns out, dahl’s creative and sometimes twisted approach to food wasn’t confined to his books.
“food was a huge part of our upbringing,” says dahl’s daughter lucy.
tn this week’s episode of the sporkful podcast, ahead of father’s day, lucy shares stories of the witch’s potions that accompanied bedtime, the cabbage her father said came straight from the queen’s garden, and being woken up in the middle of the night to eat chocolate.
“everything about our childhood was eccentric,” she says, “although we didn’t realize it at the time because it was just normal to us.” lucy dahl is 51 now, but she still bursts with childlike glee when she recalls her father’s “midnight feasts.”
he’d wake the kids up in the middle of the night and pile them into the car – which was full of hot chocolate and cookies – and drive them up the road in the english countryside where they lived.
then they’d walk in to the woods in their pajamas to look for badgers.
“you couldn’t talk, and he’d say, ‘nobody move! and if you’ve got an itch, blow on it. try and hold your breath, try not to breathe!’ ” lucy recalls. “and sure enough, mr. badger would come prowling out and walk right past us. it was incredibly exciting.”only once they had seen an animal could they tuck in to their sweet feast.”and then,” lucy says, “we’d all go home, back to bed, delighted.”
roald dahl kept his kids entertained during normal eating hours, too. he often used mealtime to test out new characters from stories he was working on.”the minpins lived in the woods beyond our house,” lucy remembers, referring to one of her father’s last books, about a tiny people who live inside trees. “the BFG – the big friendly giant – lived underneath our orchard. it all coincided with what we ate. for breakfast were minpins’ eggs and fried bread. but what they actually were were quail eggs.”
just as roald dahl used stories to bring food to life at home, he used food to bring characters to life in his books. willy wonka’s fizzy lifting drinks aren’t just a fun idea – they also tell us something about who he is. in fantastic mr. fox, the three mean farmers who are out to get mr. fox are described only by their body shapes and their diets.
so this father’s day, wake your kids up in the middle of the night, take them into the woods in their pajamas to look for badgers, load them full of chocolate, then put them back to bed.
“even though you’re growing up,
you should never stop having fun. “
– nina dobrev
credits: npr, the spoon, the sporkful, dan pashman, m.haircloth
-george bernard shaw
today we met the farmers
they got down low
told us everything
they showed us how to plant our own food
so that we could eat it later
they answered all of our questions
and told us
how the food would taste better
because we know the farmers now.
“know you food, know your farmers, and know your kitchen.”
this is an amazing turn of events.
ann arbor’s washtenaw dairy has begun delivering doughnuts friday and saturday nights! they deliver from 9 pm to 2 am within a 3 mile radius of the dairy. depending on demand, the delivery time is 30-45 minutes. the minimum order is one dozen and at least 12 hours notice is needed for orders of more than 10 dozen. doughnuts are $9 a dozen, with a $2 delivery charge. call the dairy to order between 9 pm and 2 am.
“between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll.
the optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole!”
– oscar wilde
“every once in a while, someone will mail me a single popcorn kernel that didn’t pop.
i’ll get out a fresh kernel, tape it to a piece of paper and mail it back to them. “
“so random but a couple months ago a boy scout came to our door selling popcorn.
he told V, “i know it’s not as good as the cookies but it’s what we do.” 😂😂
-facebook quote from my daughter’s friend, m
image credit: victor nunes art