Our lovely neighbours gave us a pumpkin last week. I love that kind of sharing, when it's not about getting anything in return, it's just about doing something nice for someone else, purely for the sake of being nice. I know amazing right?!
The girls and I decided to put that pumpkin to good use by making gnocchi. It's one of those easy meals to make with kids and they love the prep work; it's squishy and loads of messy. After a trim and clean the veg is boiled until soft, then mashed and strained if needed. It's mixed with egg, nutmeg, cheese and flour, kneaded and rolled out into sausages then cut into individual dumplings. It's so easy to make, and kids will eat it. Heck I reckon they're likely to eat most things that they've had some part in the preparation of, and eventually their plates are clean.
The girls also had a part in the pesto making process.
Around March/April every year we go to these two walnut trees and collect a big basket of walnuts to dry out and to eat as a quick snack or to save for use in cakes and pesto.
A quick mix of rocket, spinach, peccorino, pines nuts and olive oil are mixed with the walnuts and a beaut little pesto is born. If there is one thing my girls like, it's pesto pasta. And with these little pumpkin gnocchi dumplings the pesto works really well.
Home-grown pumpkin and foraged walnuts. The meal was put together with little effort, the kids were involved. It's so easy. So why do people complain that it's too hard and buy pre-made dinners and re-heat them?
I saw this lady at the IGA (Independent Grocery Stores of Australia). She was dressed in gym clothes, sweaty hair and all, it must have been a good workout. It was obvious that she's trying to look after her body. I spotted her at the frozen food section, she was struggling to make a choice of which Weight Watchers frozen TV dinner to buy. I couldn't figure out why someone so intent on looking after her health would go and buy frozen food when the fresh vegetable section was only metres away. Have people become too lazy? Or is it a matter of a generation that doesn't know how to/want to cook for themselves? Maybe someone can enlighten me. Maybe I live in a bubble. But I have two daughters, work a job, do all the same things other busy parents do. So how come I can manage it? I know I'm not a perfect Dad but I try to give the kids real whole foods.