Thursday, January 15, 2009

My Little Hunter-Gatherer

My five-year-old daughter is such a meat-eater, it's a little astonishing. She would happily live on salami and bacon, with a side diet of frozen blueberries and sorbet. She doesn't like toast or pasta, and she'll have her salami sandwiches without the bread, please.  

Considering her blood type is an O, she'd probably make the D'adamo clan pretty happy. They're the blood type-theory people, and they believe that people with O blood type have the constitution of the original hunter-gatherers. Since the origins of this blood type are pre-agricultural, O people are best on meat and berries, not wheat or grains. 

I like reading about the blood-type theory, but I'm a wee bit skeptical. I feel about it the way I do about astrology. I can so TOTALLY identify Leos and Tauruses and I seem to have a thing for Geminis. But you know... it's more fun than anything else. 

So I'm not totally comfortable with my daughter's carnivorous preferences, and we are always trying to broaden her horizons.

Our latest triumph: quinoa. 
We serve it to her with an Asian dipping sauce: equal parts fish sauce and lime juice, sometimes with a pinch of sugar or a splash of water mixed in. 

It's not exactly a traditional pairing for a Peruvian grain, but what am I going to do? Dude, it's fusion. Besides, quinoa is so mild and friendly it can hold its own in pretty much any grain dish -- risotto, pilaf, tabouli, etc -- from any region. AND it only takes 20 minutes. How's that for friendly?

Quinoa has more protein than any other grain, so maybe that's why she likes it. I've been putting it into her lunch box, with a separate container of the lime-fish sauce mixture, which she pours on herself. 

Finally! Freed from the drudgery of making those lunchbox octodogs! Now if we can just get her to give up the bacon. 


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