(brownie points for you if you can identify all the letters. Hint: X stands for cheese in Brazilian menus. So if you go to Brazil and see "x-burger" you will get a cheese burger and not a x shaped burger, promise. Other than the X everything else is in English)
My 4 year old, Enzo, is learning how to read and to celebrate this huge achievement we hosted a ABC party for him. He helped me re-create the alphabet using food and then serve it up as brunch for his friends.
There is something magical about seeing your child sound out words. I just know that a whole world will open up before him as he begins to read on his own. I'm really looking forward to having him read out recipes to me while I cook with one hand and hold his little sister with the other. I've been needing an extra pair of eyes for a while now. The words "cup" and "tablespoon" were one of the first words I taught him. Next up is "creme fraiche" but maybe we'll work on "flour" first.
When I moved to the United States for the first time I was 7 years old. I learned how to read and write in a languge that I did not speak very well (English). The first word I learned how to read was "cook." It took me a couple more months to realize that "cook" was not what I thought it was. The whole time I had thought that "cook" was "cookie," a new dessert introduced to me when my family immigrated to the United States. Do you have any idea what it's like to eat your first cookie at the age of 7? I had never tasted anything so sweet and magnificent. It did take me a while to learn how to spell it the correct way, though.
Listening to Enzo read reminds me of when I learned how to read. Since his first language is Portuguese he sounds out words with a cute accent and many times doesn't really know what words mean. This is a double adventure and I'm so glad we were able to celebrate just the right way, with good food and good dancing. Nothing beats the song "E eats Everything," a total foodie classic.
Good times indeed!
The other fun part about this party is that it helped raise money for Make Time for Change, an organization that is helping children have access to nutritious food during the upcoming Holidays. Foodbuzz, being the seriously awesome website that they are donated $250 for each post that was hosted under this month's 24x24 event (24 bloggers create a total of 24 meals in 24 hours). I was honored to be one of the bloggers.
Double good times!!
To see all the kid friendly meals that were created for the 24x24 event visit Foodbuzz.
For a print out of more ABC food ideas go here.
If you were hosting a ABC party what food would you make for the letters of the alphabet?