Monday, June 25, 2012

Sakura Bloom Sling Diaries: Communication + A Recipe

Cooking is how I communicate. Feeding them wholesome food is how I take care of my family and I show my love. Almost every day I find myself wrapping Phoenix in the sling and explaining to him what we are making that day. He likes tasting things along the way or helping me rinse vegetables. They say children become readers on the laps of their parents. I believe the same is true for food education. We learn to appreciate healthy and well prepared food if we are exposed to it throughout our lives. 

On this day, Phoenix and I were making a garlic scape pesto. He chomped on a garlic scape as we prepared it and then munched on some fresh basil. I prefer to blanch the garlic and basil as it makes the flavor a bit milder and also keeps the pesto a beautiful green color instead of turning brown. You can, of course, make pesto with regular garlic but we happened to receive these in our CSA this week and I thought it would make a delicious alternative.


Garlic Scape Pesto

  • 10 large garlic scapes
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 1/3 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • salt
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • After wasting and blanching the garlic scapes and basil, puree with walnuts and Parmesan in a food processor until very finely chopped. With the motor running, slowly pour the oil through the opening. Season the pesto with salt to taste. (The pesto keeps in the fridge, covered, for 1 week or frozen for a month.)

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

    Teaching A Class: Super Baby Food

    If you live in the NYC area, and are free on June 16th, you should check out my class Super Baby: First Foods and Feeding Toddlers. It's going to be a lot of fun and at one of my favorite stores, Caribou Baby in Greenpoint. Hope to see you there!

    When: Saturday, June 16th 12:30-1:30PM
    Where: Caribou Baby
    Price: $15
    Sign Up: Email chefkarolina@gmail.comClass Details:

    Let mom and holistic chef, Karolina Palmer, teach you how to prepare fresh, nutritious, and tasty mini meals that your baby and toddler will love to eat. This class will focus on:

    • Teaching you how "adult" meals can turn into meals for the whole family
    • Which superfoods are important for growing babies and how to use them in preparing meals
    • Time saving tips for busy moms, dads, and care takers
    • Tasty treats without sugar that keep energy up instead of a sugar crash