Some Summer Recipes Indulge Your Inner Child

June 20, 2023 0 Comments

One of the first science lessons we learn as children is that food equals fuel. We have to eat to play, but (thanks to the Magic of food!) eating properly can also give the impression of playing.

There are many ways to spoil our inner child with food. Perhaps the most obvious is to eat the dishes that we loved when we were younger-back when we were maybe too afraid to try our now favorite vegetables and we had never tried anything more sophisticated than a sundae with a cherry on top. Whether it’s your grandmother’s chocolate chip cookie recipe or the special pancakes that you will only find in your dinner at home, food has the power to transport us to the past.

The Problem? Sometimes our memories taste better than the real taste.

Many want to solve this problem by creating “mature” versions of childhood favorites. Grilled cheese with ~Fancy cheese~. Moist And Cheerful Milkshakes. Mac With Truffles. Sometimes these things are great, but sometimes they feel like another faux pas. Unfortunately, nothing beats the thrill of the original — or rather, the thrill of being six years old.

This brings me to my *favorite* way of playing with my food: stretching my palate. Try flavors that first remind me of being small, but then suddenly turn upside down, offering a surprising new twist. Textures that delight. Bites that make me feel like I’m reliving something for the first time. Do you remember your first nectarine? I don’t, but I wish I had.

Here are five summer recipes that will spoil your inner child — whether by reminiscence, simple pleasure or good old-fashioned stickiness.

1. Summer Fruit Salad

When I was little, my recipe for glory (that is, the “food” that I “invented” and that my parents let me try so sweet every day for a month) was fruit soup. To make a fruit soup, you cut the fruit, then pour water over it. This fruit salad is a variant of fruit soup… but not really. Instead of water, we pour our favorite summer products into ordinary mint syrup.

Today, fruits are still the only thing I look for when I want to feel like an elementary school student. Maybe because it’s impossible to eat without the juice running down my chin?

2. Turkey Tea Sandwiches

My all-time favorite “Never Grow up” culinary story: when my sister was little, she loved to eat with her hands. One day my grandmother asked her what she planned to do when she was older and was invited on a date, to which she replied: “I’m going to order some hors d’oeuvres.”

These tiny turkey sandwiches invite you to fully embrace the finger food lifestyle. Have a snack. Invite your best friends (real or imaginary). Eat small sandwiches and listen to Free To Be… You and me.

3. Lemon And Madeleine Cookies

Another excellent selection of tea. While cookies are a perfect food for the inner child for obvious reasons, these special treats are simple enough that you feel like you’re just helping out in the kitchen. Light and bright, they also go perfectly with a good cup of coffee (crammed with as much sugar as your inner child wants). Bake in the oven, then dip into your worn-out copy of Madeline again during the snack.

4. Cacio e Pepe with broad beans (or peas!)

I’ve always been a vegetable lover, but I still heard a million jokes about being forced to eat peas in books and on TV when I was little. So … What is the best way to get someone to eat their peas? Combine them with pasta, of course.

It seems that Cacio e pepe has recently gained notoriety — and for good reason. Cheesy, simple and perfectly indulgent, the rich pasta blends wonderfully with the light and green benefits of this recipe. I was more of a white cheddar Annie Mac and cheese + gal pea as a child (even now, to be fair!), but if you want to crave (you do), this is the way to go.

5. gazpacho with dill

Tomato soup! Comfort for Childhood! For this recipe, I recommend that you please yourself with a trip to the farmer’s market to choose your tomatoes. Look at the sights, smell the smells and maybe imagine a new vegetable or two while you’re there.

Recipe author Luise Vindahl from Green Kitchen Stories notes that although her children enjoy sourdough croutons as a filling, they like to eat popcorn. We know exactly what advice we need to follow.

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