This is a new and exciting thing for those of us at BadPixie Central. Snoe's been enthusiastically adding some of the first batch to everything he's eating. According to him, it's even a wonderful way to spice up chicken and dumplings. I've found that I enjoy it mixed in with some black beans and brown rice. It was even a success with some pork and chicken mole I purchased from one of the wonderful Green Market vendors. I'm dying to see how it is on eggs, but that will have to wait until The Bear outgrows his allergy to them.
In addition to the gastronomic delight of the finished product, the creation process is great. As a history buff, I find myself pondering the days of yore when folks regularly got together to do this sort of thing, something that is rapidly disappearing in this increasingly isolationist society. It's a nice feeling, having a kitchen full of people talking, laughing and being industrious together. The mix of personalities is as much spicy fun as the results.
Now I'm eager for more, more, more. I'm thinking fondly of asparagus spears and garlic with dill. It will also be interesting to see how the probiotic benefits affect the baby, hopefully by easing his body's overreaction to certain common foods. I think I'll do some research into that area and if I find anything interesting, I'll be sure to share it.
Thanks again for including us in this community. Great people, great food--it doesn't get any better than that!