Eating with the Grandkids


I am visiting family and friends in Oregon this week with fabulous food but limited internet access. I’ll post if and when I can.

Yesterday we spent time with two of our grandkids in Portland.  Four year old Amelia took me on a tour of her vegetable garden and explained why it is important to eat organic food, so we don’t get bad chemicals in our body. We harvested some sweet, sweet peas, carrots that tasted like candy, and small yellow tomatoes. As much ended up in our tummies as went into the bowl. She tells me that her favorite vegetable is eggplant. Either it’s true, in which case she has incredible taste, or she just wants to have the same favorite vegetable as her Grandma Cee Cee. Either way, I love that kid to pieces.


Later that night we took a walk down by the Willamette  River to get some relief from the unrelenting hot, hot, hot of the day. We found wild Oregon  blackberries growing all along the bank. Amelia and her not-quite-two year old sister Paloma braved the brambles and ate to their hearts’ content, faces stained with berry juice and sleepiness when it was time to go home.

I am reading the Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan right now – just a fantastic book that I highly recommend (that in fact I am going to use in my Food and Politics class this coming semester at I.U.) In simplest terms, it’s all about the sources of our food – what difference it makes what we choose to have for dinner. It warms my heart to see these two little girls learning about that difference from the start and having such a relaxed, intimate and adventurous relationship to their food — no small achievement in these days of massive supermarkets and omnipresent fast food joints. Kudos to their parents!

4 Comments Add yours

  1. kalyn says:

    Grandkids? I thought you were about 30 in your photo! I’m reading that book too. Lots of food for thought.


  2. scott says:

    Sounds like a great time. My boys accompanied me this morning, as per our usual Saturday morning routine, to a few farmer’s markets. A food education can never start to young. Glad you are reading the Omnivore’s Dilemma. I’ll never look at a field of corn the same way!


  3. Mae says:

    Let’s just rewind that again? You have two grand kids? Whoa! You look so young to be a grandmother! Just looking at your photo on the side bar, i’d say, you’re in the age range between 30-35!
    They look like great kids and beautiful too 🙂


  4. christine says:

    Thanks guys, but I am 51 — plenty old enough to be the grandma of these darling girls though in fact they are my stepdaughter’s kids. The picture was taken a couple of years ago at my 30th high school reunion — I must have been feeling young at heart.


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