The scene: Two toddlers and mom engrossed with throwing mozzarella on a pre-made pizza crust, ready to bake on a preheated pizza stone. Twelve minutes later, cheese is bubbling and the pizza is ready to eat. When asked if ready to eat, the older toddler squeaks a curt “no” and commands that I put on yet another episode of Dora and Boots. Damn that explorer.
This is reality. The parenting magazines, websites, and blogs all dole out sage advice, but the reality is that depending on the barometric pressure and astronomical signs, kids are going to be kids. And sometimes even a pizza, the all-around go-to dinner fare, won’t entice a 3 year old.
So I go back into the kitchen and resist the temptation to grab the box of Annie’s Deluxe Mac ‘n Cheese. Instead, I go to my laptop and search for David Chang’s recipe for Ginger Scallion Noodles on a friend’s blog. I make the sauce in a mere 5 minutes and looked at the bowlful of scallions and ginger and thought, as yummy as this is, it’s just going to end up on the floor.