On Fridays, JoyFoodly shares our real-life food adventures with you in the hopes of inspiring your own food adventures! You can get ideas for how to taste new things with your kids, and learn about all kinds of food. See past food adventures here.
Oh boy, the Capay Organic Tomato Festival we attended on July 13th brought back every great memory of being a kid and relishing in the simple pleasures of playing and getting happily dirty on a beautiful farm. I was raised under a horse’s neck, as my mom would say, on my family’s horse farm. That’s probably where my love of cooking really began. I could make the best mud pie you’ve ever tasted! Luckily for my husband and I, Capay Organic had a modern assortment of farm fresh food we enjoyed all night. Here are a few of our favorites you can recreate back home to live your own happy food adventure with your family this summer:
Mexican Corn on the Cob (Elote): this is a wonderfully delicious treat that I’m told is often sold on the streets of Mexico. You first skewer your corn on a kabob stick. Next, slather a little mayonnaise on the corn. Then, shake some grated white cheese called cotija cheese and finish with a little squirt of lime and some chili powder. It’s a juicy, squirt in your face mess, perfect for a food adventure! Check out this recipe from the Kitchn.
Create your own Tomato Tasting Contest from your local Farmer’s Market: tomatoes are at their peak now, and my favorite place to buy Tomatoes is at my local farmer’s market. Take your kids with you and let them choose a variety of 4-5 tomatoes, from yellow tear drops to cherry tomatoes, green zebras, you name it! Have the whole family buy enough so you can taste them together and vote on your favorite! It’s a fun and tasty adventure. At Capay, our favorite were these gorgeous Chocolate Stripes. Click here to find farmer’s markets near your home.
Make Homemade Herbed Salts with the Kids: this is an activity that could not be any simpler, yet it will entertain kids for a long time! For all those gardeners out there, this is a great way to use up your fast growing summer herbs in a new way. Grab your mortar and pestle, have the kids use their hands to tear and rip herbs and mix with a half cup of kosher salt. If you want a recipe, The Splendid Table has a good one! Here’s to your smashing, herbalicious adventure!