a peek inside the fishbowl

09 Nov, 2006

Adventures with cheese

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy|Photography

Sarah was giving me guff about lunch today.

“What about a salami sandwich?” I offered. “And… what if I cut the crusts off?”

Clearly I was feeling a little desperate from the get-go. The answer was a resounding no.

Out of desperation, I buttered some stone wheat crackers and speared alternating bits of salami, apple and cheese on a couple of toothpicks. Aha! It suddenly gained kid appeal!

It worked like a charm, especially since the cheese was the “new cheese” Sarah picked out at Farm Boy. I don’t know when it started, but Sarah’s been picking out a different kind of cheese there ever since I can remember. I keep it to a small slab and steer her away from the stinkier ones, but we’ve had good luck with everything she’s chosen so far. This one was a hard cheese called Fontina Val D’Aosta, and I was a little surprised she picked it, what with its dirty-looking rind. It tasted pretty good and we both liked it.

Next time I might serve it with a Chardonnay.

6 Responses to "Adventures with cheese"

1 | DaniGirl

November 9th, 2006 at 1:35 pm


Ooo, love lunch ideas with kid-appeal. Thanks for this!

I’ve had to palm a few half-chewed cheese samples at the Farm Boy lately. Apparently, Simon’s not a big fan of emmental or asiago!

2 | DaniGirl

November 9th, 2006 at 1:36 pm


P.S. How cute is Sarah in that picture???

4 | Marla

November 9th, 2006 at 7:31 pm


That is such a great idea, and fantastic picture. But even better, I love using the word guff myself!

5 | Sharon

November 10th, 2006 at 11:41 am


Love the idea’s for lunch. I’m desperate to get Nathan to eat something. So I’m going to try this today.

Great Shot of your beautiful little lady.

6 | Ryan

November 12th, 2006 at 11:40 am


Someone beat me to the use of guff! Guff! Great!

She’s such a cutie. And those look like a nice tasty snack for oneself, no less. Mmmm.

comment form:


Stay in touch

Me and my pet projects

Ottawa Bucket list

Subscribe via email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • andrea tomkins: I'm glad you find it restful Bonnie! I didn't on that day. :)
  • Bonnie Upton: I have a true love of this place. I drive to and from Ottawa from the NewmArket area to visit my sister snd now my son who attended uOttawa and has c
  • Amy: That sounds fantastic! As with most travelling, parts are much more comfortable when you're telling them afterwards, but they make a good story.
  • andrea tomkins: If I had to pick, Grundy wins! :)
  • Shawn: What did u like more, Restoule or Grundy? Thank you Shawn
  • andrea tomkins: Yes! I've seen the boiling water method! I never really bothered with it because I am a lazy baker. :) It is worth finding a recipe that uses less ye
  • Amy: I made a no-knead version that didn't use a Dutch oven (I don't have one and didn't feel like investing in one just for that). You put a small contai

The Obligatory Blurb

My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

If you'd like to contact me, please use this form. If you're so inclined, you can read more about me here. Thank you for visiting!


E-book alert!

Shopping Embargo e-book promo

My right hand is actually a camera

Connect with me at these places too!

Piper is on Instagram

On the nightstand

All hail the mighty Twitter