The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.
In 2012 one of the things I want to do with this space is to share more of my family’s traditions with you. I thought I would start with a very simple, but fun tradition: creating signature family recipes.
My whole family loves to play with our food! We spend quite a bit of time together in the kitchen, creating recipes, cooking together, and enjoying eating our experiments. From a young age, we involve our kids in the food preparation for the family, and we do our best to made it a fun experience.
We’ve developed a family tradition over the years of putting a signature spin on certain dishes, really making them our own according to our personal tastes and preferences.
Because you are so special to me, dear readers, and I’ve come to think of you like family, I am going to share with you our family’s top secret Purple Flurple recipe. What in the world is a Purple Flurple, you ask? A taste sensation!
Read on and see …
Our Signature Smoothie: the Purple Flurple
One of our favorite signature Fleck family recipes is a smoothie, the Purple Flurple (because is it purple and it was made by us, the Flecks. Get it? The Purple Flurple!)
This recipe is special because it contains everyone’s favorite fruits and it is my three year old’s favorite color. It is also super easy to make and doesn’t involve any tricky ingredients, exact measurements, or complex preparation.
To make a Purple Flurple Smoothie you need:
- a handful of blueberries (frozen)
- a handful of raspberries (frozen)
- a banana or two
- about a cup of orange juice
- two or three heaping spoonfuls of yogurt
Whirl it all together in a blender, pour into enough glasses to share with everyone, and enjoy! Sometimes we make Purple Flurple popsicles by freezing the mix in popsicle molds.
Put Your Own Spin on It
Smoothies are just the beginning. What about a family signature pizza, sandwich, cookie, or homemade ice cream flavor?
Get in the kitchen, experiment, and have fun creating kitchen concoctions together. Be sure to give them a name, too so that future generations will know their culinary heritage and the family tradition, and silliness, can be passed on.
Your family signature dish doesn’t have to be a recipe you’ve created from scratch. It can be something special about the presentation or an unexpected something extra that makes it your family’s personal signature dish. Grandpa Mike’s giant pancakes and Great-Grandma Jean’s grilled cheese with jam are a few that come to mind from our family.
The important thing is to have fun, play with your food, and enjoy your meals together!
Does your family have any signature recipes? Do you and your kids have an equivalent of the Purple Flurple? How do you play with your food? I’d love to hear about it!