Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Two unrelated observations
I have to admit, I'm getting pretty good at making sauteed Brussels sprouts. Not that there's all that much to it, but they've quickly become one of my favorite side dishes, both to make and to eat. The basic method is pretty straightforward; cut sprouts in half, sautee in butter and a little bit of peanut oil, season with salt & pepper. Lately I've been mixing up the flavor profile a little bit. Last week, I first sauteed some mushrooms in soy sauce & sesame oil, and then used the same pan for the sprouts without washing it out first. I make one panful per person, and between the batches I deglazed the pan with some cooking sherry (since the sesame oil and soy sauce was starting to get kind of sticky). And then this week, since we were eating the sprouts with chicken chile lime burgers, I put some lime juice in the pan with the melted butter. So tasty! I know Brussels sprouts have a bad reputation, but that's because most people tend to steam or boil them. I've had boiled Brussels sprouts, and they are not tasty. You might as well replace that T (in tasty) with an N.
Eleri's getting the whole self-soothing thing figured out; she's started sucking her thumb. This is something Soren never took up. Honestly, even though I know this has the potential to be a detrimental habit in the future, I'm pretty pleased about it now. Yes, in four or six months she'll be crawling all over the place and there will be the "Oh god, your hands are filthy, don't stick them in your mouth!" factor to contend with. And if the thumb sucking persists, we'll run into potential orthodontic issues when her teeth start coming in. But the ability to self-soothe is incredibly valuable right now, at this age, when I can't hold her or nurse her every moment of the day. What's interesting to me is that I didn't do anything different with her than I did with Soren. I just tried to clue them both into the fact that they had thumbs. Soren wanted nothing to do with his; Eleri decided after a few introductions that, hey, they were basically as good to suck on as our fingers. I think given the option, she'd still rather have an adult pinky finger to suck, but if I leave the room (frequently for the purpose of washing my hands in order to give her this option), by the time I return she'll be half-asleep with her own thumb in her mouth. Compare this with Soren's escalating cries and protestations. ;) That's not to say she arrives at this solution every single time, but that she does at all is pretty neat. Atta girl. :)