Sunday, June 24, 2007

Balanced DIet


One of the things that I'm happy about is that Rama eats veggies. She would eat steamed brocolli florets like it was popcorn, to the amazement of some adults. She would nibble on lettuce and celery as snacks. She would ask for more servings of spinach.

While lately she seems to have grown tired of brocolli, she has moved on to other veggies. One of our faves here is artichokes. She enjoys the elaborate ritual of eating it. With confidence, she would instruct other adults on the ritual, too. And she eagerly anticipates the reward at the end - the juicy, tasty heart.

Sinigang was always a favorite, including the kang kong (or spinach). And I had to find a substitute, too, for eggplant, as the eggplants here were massive. No way I could use all that in one small pot of sinigang for two. So instead of talong, brussel sprouts went into my pot. She liked that, too.

Yesterday, we went into a Chinese grocery, which as it turns out, also sells Filipino food. In the veggie aisle, Rama picked out cauliflower. When we got to the Filipino products section, she just had to quickly - even violently - grab this bag that she saw. Sabay sigaw: Chicharon!

19 comments:

disastermari said...

Have you ever tried using "broccoletti" or broccoli rabe?
They're a variation of broccoli. They impart a very mild bitterness that is nice against the bitterness of the soup.

P said...

Hi, Mari. Will keep my eyes peeled for that one, thanks. And thanks for dropping by!

katrina said...

Wait till Joey sees this...Another girl who likes both brussel sprouts and chicharon!

shred-jitsu said...

hahahaha!! i remember me and pepper's first time to move in our place in eastwood. rama was our very first guest and we brought her to the supermarket. when we passed by the aisle of the chicharon, she politely, yet with excitment, asked "tita pepper, pwede ba natin to bilin?". so we did and she immediately opened it when we got to the condo. we didnt have a coffee table in the sala so she was eating it off the pack while her bowl of suka was on the floor.

btw, chicharon is also my weakness hehehehe!

Random Possum said...

Hi Ate Poch...i really enjoy reading your blog. nakakamiss ang mga chikkas natin :-)

take care and regards to cutie-cute, beautiful Princess Rama...i miss you both, and I hope to swing by toronto sometime soon. (i have a family in my dad's side in scarborough.

nicely said...

i also love chicharon! whoaaa! rama's really misses the phils. no? good thing rama eats veggies. u don't have to force her to do so!

P said...

Hey, Katrina. How uncanny, no?

Hey Shred! Miss you guys. Easy on the chicharon. I love it - you have your own rama-chicharon story!

Hey Possum! Thanks for your note. Toronto is so close - you should really come here. Mi casa, su casa. My couch is a pull-out - if you don't mind that. Come na!!!

Hey nicely. Thanks for that. And chicharon is really popular, no? I myself am vegetarian - can't relate.

ZJ said...

Hello Poch.
I was googling for some work stuff and ended up here...
Napaka-bibang bata ni Rama kaya naman kakatuwang basahin ang mga entries mo! Looking forward to more funny stories. Pakisabi nga pala kay Rama na fan niya ako :D

P said...

Hey ZJ. Makakarating po! Thanks mucho.

nicely said...

this is not related to this post but i just want to ask you [since you don't have a tagboard, i'll post it here na lang]:

napanood nyo na ba ni Rama ang TRANSFORMERS! I highly recommend it. Ang ganda! Am sure nanonood ka nun ng bata ka pa?

nicely said...

this is not related to this post but i just want to ask you [since you don't have a tagboard, i'll post it here na lang]:

napanood nyo na ba ni Rama ang TRANSFORMERS! I highly recommend it. Ang ganda! Am sure nanonood ka nun ng bata ka pa?

shred-jitsu said...

i agree with nicely. we saw the movie a couple of days ago. awesome! i loved it! im a big Transformers fan kasi but pepper isnt but she loved the movie. much better than spiderman 3, fantastic 4 and shrek! for us, that is!

when you do watch the movie, go get some chicharon and eat it in the movie theater. im sure hinde maingay kainin yun! hehehe!

P said...

Hey Nicely and Shred! Thanks for the tip. We haven't seen Transformers, but we'll make time for it this coming week. What I remember tripping on a while back were these transformers videos on youtube of people making their own robot-costumes that would, well, transform. Aliw.

joey said...

Woohoo! People who like both brussel sprout and chicharon rock!!! :) High five Rama! :) Here's to living the balanced life!

P said...

And you know what else, Joey? She's a nut for nutella. :-)

christine said...

Rama continues to amaze me even from a million miles away! She reminds me of my niece who would happily eat a bowl of green peas or baby carrots(while I munched on potato chips) while we watched her favorite TV shows. I always felt so guilty, but not quite because she loved what she was eating! I hope my future kids love veggies like Rama does. :)

P said...

Hi, Christine! She has her fair share of chips, too. And gummies and jellies. i'm just glad that she's not averse to the good stuff. When adults eat well, kids eat well, too. Munch away!

Anton said...

I'll teach aidan rin on how to eat veggies... So far so good, he eats anything and everything...

Galing! Thanks for sharing with us, Rama's growing up adventure :)

P said...

Hi Anton! Yes, Aidan is also one budding foodie! And why are we not surprised....