When I was pregnant, I had a few odd cravings. Lucky Charms. Root Beer. (Not mixed.) Donuts. Ice Cream. I ate a lot of organic low-fat cheez doodles, lemon drops, ginger ale, saltine crackers, Mac'n'Cheese (Annie's Naturals--Dr. B insisted on the fancy organic mac) and frozen Canadian Bacon pizza. These were things that I could keep down, and didn't repulse me at the thought of eating them. (Then. Now? A different story.)
After finding two 1960's copies of Julia Child's first two French cookbooks, in near-mint condition, I was inspired. On a bitter cold night, I peeled potatoes and measured cream for Scalloped Potatoes, tweaking it into a meal by adding ham. I pulled out the french cornichons and tossed a lovely vinaigrette for the salad.
And as the scent of butter, cream and pork wafted from the oven, a craving hit.
I wanted a beer. NOW.
Dr. B kindly trudged through the snow to our local liquor shop around the corner and explained it to the grandmotherly lady at the counter.
"My wife is pregnant, and she's craving a beer."
She pulled out 3 bottles of non-alcoholic brew, and popped them in a bag.
"No charge," she said with a smile.
They say kids like the foods that are around them. What you eat when you're pregnant and nursing becomes their preference.
If so, our daughter will be a connoisseur of chocolate, stinky cheeses, ice cream and coffee. Already she's showing that these things, though not traditional American "kid food", are to her liking. Each day, I have to carefully hold her far away from my right hand as I sip my morning java.
And in the evening? Well, watch what happens...
Wisconsin Baby: Beer Loving is Genetic from Ronica on Vimeo.