Friday, October 12, 2012

Carb it...

Carbohydrates are fantastically dependable tools when you are raising children.

Potatoes, rice, pasta, bread – each, on their own, the perfect instant staple – but, when paired with something else, say…butter – they become altogether more effective, something far more magical…something delicious.

My children spent a year at École Maternelle, French pre-school; this dousing of a singular Gallic acedemic year left them bemused and confused by another language and entirely frustrated by the lengthy, daily, four-course meals they were served for lunch.

Much to their astonishment, their French, three and four-year old, peers took their time during lunch, contentedly munching away on their salad entrée, followed perhaps by a rabbit stew, then a cheese course and then a pudding to boot.

One dish they served regularly was a tiny pasta smothered in buerre, this simple side-dish was a great favourite with the children – served alongside meat or vegetables and always eaten with great gusto.

I continue to serve this pleasingly simple dish today, rice or pasta both thrive when introduced to a knob of butter. If you throw peas in as well – hey presto you have a simple feast, or perhaps the perfect accompaniment to just about anything and it is whipped up in a jiffy.  I like to roast some vegetables or sizzle some sausages to proffer alongside. Some juicy greens, a corn on the cob – nothing complicated.  

Children often crave comforting, effortless food after a hard day at school, and as the Autumnal weather draws in so does our desire for satisfying simplicity and nourishment. 

As seen on Crumbs.

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Anonymous Elle said...

Nice blog Hannah! Sorry I haven't been in touch, seems I've been pregnant and breastfeeding for years! Be lovely to see you. X

October 15, 2012 at 8:46 PM  
Blogger Hannah Sturgeon said...

Elle Bell - how gorgeous to hear your dulcets. Be wonderful to see you and meet your tribe...I promise to make the trip v v v v soon...

October 17, 2012 at 2:39 PM  

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