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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

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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

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

4 | Marla

November 9th, 2006 at 7:31 pm

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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

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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

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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.

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