One of the first things I was taught in culinary school is to know what the five mothersauces are and how to make them.
My daughter is growing quite a personality. Sometimes this personality of hers is so big that it makes me nervous for what the future holds. I take her to Gymboree once a week so she can run around and play with other kids. I know this condo of ours gets small and boring, especially during the winter. While all of the other children are sitting in their mother’s laps listening to the song, my daughter is the one dancing in the middle of the circle. When the leader uses a puppet, my daughter is the one trying to grab it out of her hands. She is not intimidated by people, even if they are 5 times her size. She is ultra-curious and very trusting of the world.
She loves all things musical and will stop in her tracks if she hears a song she likes. Nothing keeps her from dancing and singing. This is totally endearing as long as we are not trying to do an organized activity. Then it can be a bit embarrassing. But hey, I just chalk it up to her extra big personality. Mom’s with shy children think she is a little wild thing. Mom’s with not so shy children understand. There is nothing wrong with a larger than normal personality.
I sometimes wonder if this big personality of hers will remain as she grows. I think life may be a bit easier for her if she remains trusting of people, trusting of the world. And being a ham can be to her benefit. Everybody loves a clown. Except for maybe teachers and bosses. So I guess I hope she quickly learns that there are boundries as well. I can really hope that she will be confident, loving, and kind. That will take her very, very far.
As she has grown, her taste buds have become a bit more picky. A goal of mine is to make only one meal a night a few times a week. This means she is eating what we are eating. I have high hopes for it. I figure it will let her try new flavors other than veggie dogs, mac and cheese, grilled cheese, and grapes. I have to admit though, I just don’t think she is ready for fish. I am not sure why, it’s just a hunch. So this particular night she did not eat what we ate, and I am quite sure she was okay with that.
Parmesan and Pimento Tilapia
2 Tb light mayo
1 Tb butter
4 Tb shredded Parmesan cheese
1 Tb chopped pimentos
1/2 tsp chopped parsley
1 garlic clove, chopped
2 tilapia fillets
Preheat oven to 450F. In a small bowl mix together first 6 ingredients until they are all incorporated. Place tilapia in a baking dish and season with salt and pepper. Lightly press cheese mixture on the top of each fillet. Bake for 12 minutes until lightly browned on top.