Sunday, July 27, 2008
Berries and cream
Ingredients: one family, sunny day, strawberry field, plastic containers.
Turning the kids loose in a field full of strawberries was a fun way to fill a summer's day. The idea was to pick as many of the farmer's strawberries, pay by weight, return home and bake some pies. The strawberries were not to be eaten until the containers were weighed.
The reality was that little Iris, Ben, and Sophie jumped right into filling the pails along with an occasional nibble. Hannah and Olivia, however, continued to put the berries into their mouths rather than their container. We had to remind them both of their mission, a simple lesson in economics and fair-labor practices.
The pie making came about two days later, along with homemade whipped cream.
Our food critic, Iris, sampled her daddy's pie and seemed to enjoy every bite. The rest of us soon followed her lead.