Before I begin, I’d like to clarify I few things that I think we misunderstood in my last post on boredom.
Although I think a lot of the eating disordered behavior was cultivated due to boredom, its not like I didn’t have anything to do. I was in school (high school, college, culinary school) and I had fairly high grades. I had jobs (odd ones, like those nikelodeon shows) and it wasn’t like I sat around all day with nothing to do. But I was “bored” of school, and its more like my mind was bored. I didn’t want to think about grades or my job, so I thought about exercise and food and where to fit it in. I was in no way complaining that I’m bored and have nothing to do with my day. I have and have always had plenty, maybe too much, but thats the problem, I have a hard time just doing NOTHING. Anyhow, for those of you with kids and three jobs and huge families to support, I fully respect and admire you, but its not like I dont work or study.
anyhow, moving on….
Today was the first day of desserts class. I taught this class at this school last year but I had a whole new batch of kids this time. We don’t have an oven and the class is taught outside, hence I have to be really creative with the desserts. Today we did apple wonton/eggroll fritters. I usually like to chose something that keeps them busy (like chopping) because if the class ends too early, I have a nervous breakdown because this means I need to entertain and contain them until their parents come and pick them up. All you parents out there, please pick up you kids on time! I understand you have jobs and lives (and god awful traffic), but its a pain for me to have to babysit 10 5-11 year olds AFTER a desserts class (sugar high). Plus, the kids get upset that you didn’t come on time and some get worried and I AM NOT a licensed child psychologist.
Working with kids reminds me how much I envy them a little. I envy their ignorance towards calories and weight. Yes, although sadly some kids are preoccupied with such thoughts at a young age, none of the kids I’ve taught have. They really enjoy food, they eat when they are hungry and stop when they are satiated. Sure they love chips and candy (who doesn’t? and if you dont think you do, you lying to yourself. Its ok to like junk food and even have some once in a while), but they like fruit and veggies too. I remember I did a private cooking lesson for these two pre-teenage girls. We made fajitas and I they never tried raw orange bell peppers. I offered them a piece to try, reassuring them that it tastes like candy and is really yummy, and you know what? They finished ALL of them so we only had chicken and onions for the fajitas!
I talked to my dad the other day about my eating habits when I was young. I do remember some, but its hard to judge when you are…..you. He said I wasn’t a huge eater (I find that hard to believe giving the quantities I’m able to pork down) but that I ate nearly everything except cheese (I still dont like it, and its not a “fear food thing”, I obviously never liked it). He said I like chicken and cookies (I do remember I loved cookies! I was a little cookie monster), and that I always ate veggies and fruits. My parents never had to “sneak” in veggies or force me to eat something. I liked stuff most children snubbed like spinach, broccoli, asparagus (I guess anything green), and tuna. But my dad mentioned that I started to pick up my parent’s eating habits. For example, my dad didn’t like milk in his cereal so he used orange juice (I know, it sounds awful, but with certain cereals, its a wonderful combo), so I did it as well and I to this very day never like milk with cereal (I eat it with yogurt usually or ice cream!). I wish I could have some of that innocence about food back. I feel like a I “know” way too much about food. I need that pen in “Men in Black” that erases your memory.
But anyhow, I think the kids had fun. They usually do. When kids get involved with what they are making to eat, they will always have a good time, even if it tastes like mud. I usually dont do desserts that are too high in sugar not because I think sugar is evil (I rather them eat real sugar than all that processed, hydrogenated stuff) but simply because I want to avoid 10 jackrabbits blossoming out of them. So for the egg rolls you’ll need:
-a package of wonton wrapers (if gluten is an issue, get rice paper)
-a bunch of fuji apples (they are so sweet, they dont need sugar)
-a small bowl of water (to seal the wontons/egg rolls)
Simply chop the apples into small dices and mix it with some cinnamon and nutmeg. Place a small spoonful of the apple mixture in the center of the wrapper and roll it up or make a bundle or “purse” to make wontons. heat the oil up and fry it on all sides. I sprinkled them with extra cinnamon on top (did I mention I’m a total cinnamon whore, I douse my breakfast with it daily, its borderline sick). Simple, somewhat healthy, kids are entertained, and I get paid. Nice!
What did you eat as a kid? Is it similar in adulthood? What were some of you’r childhood favorite foods?