It was like Dr. Seuss characters invaded our home this week and stood in place for the kids during our mystery food challenge. Even sautéing the leeks in a little butter and olive oil didn’t help our cause. Leeks were not a hit food. They’ll get there. Leeks cooking in butter is one of the all time best cooking smells. One day they’ll realize the error of their ways…
ME: Ok. Smell it.
LAUREN: Oh my God.
ME: Why? Why oh my God? What does it smell like?
LAUREN: It smells like wine.
ME: Does it smell like wine? There’s no wine in there. You think I’d feed you wine? What do you think it smells like Sam?
SAM: A strong smell. It has a strong smell of wine.
ME: Ok. It’s not wine.
LAUREN: And beer.
ME: No, that’s my beer that you’re smelling!
ME: Yeah, yummy, right? Smells good.
LAUREN: Actually, it’s not.
SAM: It smells like a trash can.
ME: Ok. It’s not a trash can.
ME: What are these called, because you guessed last week.
EMMA: Collard greens.
ME: Nope, it’s not that. What vegetable rhymes with weeks?
ME: Ok. Sausage?
EMMA: Yeah, sausage.
ME: Nope, not that.
ME: Ok. These are called L…..
ME: She got it, Emma got it!
LAUREN: Hey, I said leeks before!
ME: Oh, you said leeks?
ME: Yeah? I’m sorry. You got it, didn’t you? I didn’t hear you that whole time. And you were sitting there saying, ‘leeks, leeks, leeks, leeks, leeks’, right?
EMMA: I said cheeks.
ME: You said cheeks?
EMMA: No, I said keek.
ME: Oh, keek? Ok, ok. Who wants to take a first taste of leeks?
LAUREN: Me, me, me. Because I guessed it!
ME: Ok. One, and two, and three. Ok, here you go guys. What do you guys think?
ME: What do you guys think of leeks? Yes or no? Sammy, you want to try any leeks?
ME: Want to taste it? Here are the leeks Sam. There you go. The other girls just tasted it.
SAM: I don’t want to.
ME: You gotta taste it…..(no answer)….So, you guys don’t love it?
ME: Why not?
LAUREN: At least try it Sam.
ME: These are cooked in a bit of butter and olive oil.
LAUREN: That’s why.
ME: That’s why, what? You don’t like that?
ME: You love olive oil.
LAUREN: I don’t like butter.
ME: Oh, you don’t like butter? Okay, that’s fair enough.
LAUREN: Yeah. I’m allergic to butter.
ME: You’re not allergic to butter. Are you finished?
LAUREN: It’s like a weenie [giggling].
ME: Oh, stop.
SAM: And Lauren is allergic to Jackson!
ME: Ok, do you know what leeks are related to? They’re related to another vegetable.
LAUREN: Greens, greens, greens.
ME: Nope, not cabbage. That’s a really good guess though. Because there is green cabbage.
LAUREN: Salad greens?
ME: Nope, it’s not related to salad greens.
LAUREN: Three leaf clovers.
ME: Nope, not four leaf clovers.
LAUREN: I said three.
LAUREN: Two leaf?
LAUREN: One leaf?
ME: Yes! It’s related to a one leaf clover. No! They’re related to onions.
ME: Yeah, they’re in the onion family. Sam, don’t jump off the stool please. Guys, can you come back to the kitchen?
LAUREN: Guess what? Today I was swinging on the jungle gym and I accidently fell on it and got a little bruise.
ME: Oh, that’s a really bad bruise.
LAUREN: And both of my feet fell on it badly.
ME: That is not good.
LAUREN: And now I got my bruise.
SAM: I was playing with Ian’s Batman.
ME: Guys, I have a question. I have a really important question.
LAUREN: Yes, yes, yes?
ME: Should we get leeks again?