One of the classes that I teach to homeschoolers is titled "Adventures in Writing." Yesterday was first time we had met since Thanksgiving, and my students were talking about the food they liked best -- cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, sweet potato casserole. This led into a natural discussion about description. How would you describe these foods? At first, they used words like "good" and "tasty" but then I had them really get into it -- to pretend that they were describing the food to someone who had never eaten it before. Then they started making me hungry, as we chatted and wrote about our favorite foods. Talk of "Fluffy sweet clouds of whipped cream" now topped the sweet potato casserole, and "chewy flakes of oatmeal kissed with warm melting chocolate" had my mouth watering. I told them about what I made for lunch, and then laughed at myself -- would I ever want to eat brussels sprouts, fennel, and carrots at this age? Maybe if it had been described to me in detail, still slightly crunchy, and seasoned just right, I would have given it a try.
Shaved Brussels Sprouts, Fennel, and Carrot Salad with GF Soy Sauce and Tahini
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 12 Brussels Sprouts, bottoms removed and chopped into the finest pieces possible (or send through your food processor)
- 1 bulb of fennel, bottom and top removed, chopped into to 1/2 inch pieces (or again, you can use your food processor)
- 2 carrots, grated with a cheese grater
- 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, minced
- 1/8 cup of water
- 2-3 tablespoons of gluten free, reduced sodium soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
- 1 heaping tablespoon tahini
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 pinch of freshly ground pepper
What's your favorite process to do in the kitchen?
Would you have eaten this as a kid?