There are days when everyone is subdued and sitting on the edge of their stools, waiting to sample their new mystery food. And there are days when the mystery food becomes a toy, or more specifically, a slingshot. Thankfully we were able to ignore the extraterrestrial species that had invaded Sam’s brain, and enjoyed our new experience with ramps. And not only did Lauren and Emma like their ramps, but they also ate every last piece, asking for more. This counts as a victory.
ME: Ok. I have one new vegetable for us to try. What is this called?
LAUREN: I don’t know.
SAM: A duck. A snake.
ME: It’s not called a snake. It’s not called a duck. Who wants to hold one?
SAM: Gooey slime? (He picks up a long ramp and swings it around his head lasso style)
ME: Don’t throw them around like that please. I grilled these. Here, Emma you can have one too.
ME: Sam, don’t swing them around. It’s not a toy.
LAUREN: Did you feel the bottom? What does it feel like?
LAUREN: That’s easy — leaves.
ME: They are like leaves. Look guys, Lauren is already eating hers. Who’s going to eat theirs next?
SAM: [making monkey sounds]
LAUREN: It tastes like salt.
ME: Ok, I’m going to tear open a ramp for you guys so that you can smell it. Raw ramps have a really strong smell. Let’s see. Whoa. What does it smell like?
SAM: A unicorn.
SAM: No, I said a leaf.
LAUREN: Do you eat the white part?
ME: You can eat the whole thing because I grilled it. But you can also eat the raw one that I just opened. I love these. These are one of my favorite things.
LAUREN: Oh my God, the white is spicy.
ME: Yeah, it’s a little spicy isn’t it? It’s a little peppery. You know why?