I don’t often cook with mustard greens. Like collards, I often see them in the store and bypass them for the kale and chard. But I love their peppery bite, particularly this beautiful red variety that I found at the farmers’ market. Surprisingly, given its spiciness, the kids were into it.
ME: What is this guys?
LAUREN: Mustard greens.
SAM: Mustard greens?
ME: Yeah. What does it look like to you?
SAM: Looks like leaves.
ME: [to Emma] Here. Ssssh. Don’t get upset. Ok. Guys, we’re not playing tic-tac-toe right now.
LAUREN: You’re X and I’m O.
ME: Ok, we’re going to put those down for a second. Ok. Guys, I’m sad that nobody’s listening to the mystery food conversation. Who wants to smell it?
LAUREN: It smells like mustard.
ME: Here, I’m going to smell it with you guys.
EMMA: It’s mustard greens.
ME: Yeah, it is mustard greens.
SAM: One of the leaves is curling up right now.
ME: Sometimes you can break it in half right in front of your nose and you can even smell it better that way. Watch this…..What does it smell like?
LAUREN: Mustard still.
SAM: This tastes like leaves.
ME: It does taste like a leaf, doesn’t it?
LAUREN: Oh, yeah. Oh my God it really tastes like —
SAM: I’m only tasting it a little bit.
ME: What do you think?
LAUREN: The inside tastes good.