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Watching my Rose bloom

Sunday, September 30, 2012

After reading someone’s blog about how they are moving towards eating more real food, or at least less processed food, I wanted to share my daughter’s journey.

Several years ago Demelza (or Rose as she's more commonly known) moved back in with us. She wanted to help out and figured cooking was a good way to do so. She looked in my cabinets and said, 'How the hell am I supposed to cook all this from-scratch sh*t?" I laughed and told her : Learn!

We had done “from scratch sh*t” when she was little, but my lamb had lost her way. She had fallen into the trap of equating pre-packaged with quick and easy and cheap.

So, over the years that she was here with us, she began to delve into cooking with real ingredients, developing her own recipes, and learning to enjoy seasonal foods. By the time she moved out two years ago, she was firmly on the 'from scratch sh*t' wagon.

As some of you will know, her husband was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. The radiation treatments seem to have done the trick, but Rose wasn’t taking any chances! She has thrown herself into making the freshest foods possible, and using the least amount of pre-packaged food she can!

I have to admit to a great deal of pride when I got a message from her the other day that she had pickled cucumbers and jalapenos and had a jar of each for me.

She has come such a long way, and I will say that I am overjoyed at whatever part I may have played in her renaissance!
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  • LADYBUG1943
    I have two sons and a daughter. The daughter, mostly from economics, has been "into" whole foods from the very beginning, but my sons delighted in sending pictures of themselves with Coco-Puffs on the table. (I'd been organic/whole foods for a long time, which shows you can still gain weight on it!). .... at least at first. My oldest son, while still eating lots of fattening food, cooks up a mean dinner of fish, rice (albeit white rice), and green vegetables. The other son, who is married, pretty much is a foody, and hasn't quite got on the health bandwagon yet.

    I can just feel how gratified you must be to watch your daughter's metamorphosis. Hope your son in law is still doing well. Loved this blog.

    2071 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/20/2012 9:49:22 AM
    Inspirational blog!

    I wish I came from a family that cooked from scratch. Learning to cook on my own has been kinda brutal ;_; . However- it's nice to reinforce how important cooking from "scratch sh*t" is, by hearing about other people's experiences with it. Was happy to read about Rose's journey, and your influence in it :D
    2089 days ago
    2090 days ago
    Congrats & great work!
    You should be very proud!
    It is a wonderful gift!
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    2090 days ago
    You should be proud of yourself and of her! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2091 days ago
    Not only should you be proud of your Rose but of yourself as well. Cooking--real cooking--is an undervalued art and so many kids grow up without ever learning their way around a kitchen or to tell the difference between a turnip and a parsnip. That she has learned it, and learned to love it, is a strong commendation for your parenting. Well done.

    Incidentally...not sure how I feel about pickled jalepenos. But I know the feeling of pride that comes from seeing how far your child has come. Few things make me happier than when Little One sends me a photo of her latest creation. This week it is homemade energy bars (almonds, flax, coconut, honey) and lemon poppy seed pancakes. Yummy.
    2091 days ago
  • SCOOTER4263
    Congratulations on making a convert to the “from scratch sh*t”! I kind of went the same way your daughter did, only with a much larger arc. I reverted to cooking with basics when I ran out of money and couldn't afford the processed stuff any longer. I don't know why I went astray - when I was growing up, my mother cooked from scratch three meals a day. Now I almost never use a prepackaged sauce or soup or canned thing. My favorite hint, though, is cooking beans ahead of time and freezing them in 1-2 cup portions - that way, no expensive (and pantry consuming) cans, no recycling hassle, no sodium, and I can still have beans without deciding the day before that I might need them.
    2091 days ago
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