Friday, September 21st, 2012
Jack’s “Beans and Rice Juice”
Ingredients: water, black beans, rice
Directions: Add one toddler-sized handful of black beans to a sippy cup full of water. Stir by hand. Next, add one toddler-sized handful of rice. Again, stir by hand. Bottoms up!
I suppose the word “delicious” is a bit relative, especially when talking about my 22 month-old son’s sense of good taste.
Go ahead, don’t be shy. It’s okay to save these pictures on Pinterest to share in your “Recipes I Need To Try” folder.
The obvious irony in my son drinking this homebrew is that, like most toddlers, he won’t just eat anything.
In fact, he will only eat certain things.
Let’s see, there’s Annie’s Homegrown Classic Macaroni & Cheese, bananas, prunes, Cheerios, and of course, beans and rice.
As the home video below demonstrates, Jack very willingly drank his “Beans and Rice Juice.”
I loved how he felt the need to commit to drinking his new invention.
It reminds me of when my sister and I were kids in the late Eighties. Nearly every weekend, our Italian grandfather would take us and our parents out to a Southern steakhouse called Quincy’s, “home of the big fat yeast roll.”
When we were finished eating, we would get bored as we were waiting on the adults to finish.
So I would whip up a fancy concoction in my water glass, consisting of salt, pepper, ketchup, lemons, Worcestershire sauce, Heinz 57, A1, and any another free condiment I had easy access to.
“I’ll give you 5 Airheads if you drink a swallow of this,” I would tell my sister.
And she would. Airheads candy was evidently a rare commodity for a 6 year-old girl.
But as far as my son drinking “Beans and Rice Juice,” there is no bribing being done here.
He’s just being a cool, weird, adventurous little boy.
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