Which of us had the better deal growing up? What were the pros and cons? Advantages and disadvantages of growing up in each era? These are all important things when one is trying to navigate the delicate balance of sibling relationships. Each facet is weighed carefully in the quest to understand who had the greater advantage. These things matter.
From what I have been able to piece together, the jury is still out.
They had Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts (and parents as pack leaders). I took gymnastics.
They had two parents. I had four (or at least two parents + two others that thought they were my parents).
They had plenty of cousins in the same age group as them. I got to be the youngest.
They had to share. I didn't.
There are plenty of other compare and contrasts that could be made. In some areas, they won; in other areas I won. (Yes, it really is about winning...)
The other night, at my dad's 84th birthday party, we discovered one area where nobody won. The battle of the vegetables at dinner. Apparently, I wasn't the only one not allowed to leave the table before eating whatever unappealing vegetable du jour graced the table that evening. My vegetable nightmare involved cold canned beets with margarine. My sister's involved mushy peas. In this, we were equal. Game, set, match.
In this week's French Fridays with Dorie, peas once again take center stage - hopefully, in a less terrifying manner than the peas of my sister's childhood.
Bok choy (no baby bok choy to be found this time of year) and sugar snap peas were placed in a cradle of foil. Chopped garlic, baby white onions (thank goodness for the pre-peeled frozen ones), orange zest and mint joined the party. A little bit of oil, salt and pepper were thrown in for good measure. After that, the foil was sealed up and the pouch was thrown (figuratively) into a hot (400F) until everything was tender (~20 minutes). The best part - no clean up.
I served this up to my own child - unlike her Aunt, she willingly ate her peas and bok choy. No coercion needed.
Peace out. XOXO
This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie.