In the weeks before Shavuot, both kids are talking a lot about dairy products in school. In AM’s gan, we were asked to bring in clean, empty containers of dairy items. Now, Israelis take their dairy seriously, so within a couple of days there was a huge pile of cartons of all types: milk, yogurt, cheeses, yogurt drinks, shoko [chocolate milk], and others.
I teased his ganenet: !אזו חנות (“What a store!”)
Miss M was given a chart to fill out. Said chart, printed and distributed by the Israeli Dairy Board, exhorted her to eat three servings of dairy a day, and she told me that if she filled it out her teacher promised her a “treat.” Candy or some other junk, no doubt. (Will anyone else see the irony, is the question?) As Taxman pointed out, encouraging her to consume these things isn’t bad. True.
But getting through the week has been trying. Every morning there is cereal and milk for breakfast, as usual. Most of the “serving suggestions” on her chart, however, are for Israeli tastes. Cottage cheese, a staple food for toddlers and little kids (and everyone else, I suppose), is not to her liking. Gevina levana (“white cheese”), which is sort of like yogurt cheese–thin, spreadable, tangy, meant to be served on bread or crackers–is an anathema to her. (A staple Israeli sandwich filling, AM learned to eat it, and hummus, omelets, and petitim [a popular toasted pasta side dish] in gan.)
I am certainly not going to let her drink hot chocolate at seven in the evening, as suggested, or allow her to eat pudding every afternoon. She likes only one kind of cheese, out of the dozens of types available. (There is probably at least one other kind she likes, but she would never deign to test any other.) She had a breakdown the other day when I said I would not make her a milkshake. I’m sure she had the ice-cream based one in mind, versus the milk + 2 fruit “recipe” helpfully included on the chart. Frankly, I just didn’t think she’d eat it.
We’re muddling along with pita pizzas for dinner, upping the frequency of breakfast-for-dinner (easy to pair with a glass of milk), and she’s readily accepting yogurt for lunch or a snack. But, wow, boring. And with Shabbat coming, I’m quaking in my boots. Dinner tonight is turkey meatloaf, and lunch tomorrow we’re invited to friends, who I’m assuming will serve chicken.
Will there be enough time to squeeze in all the dairy?
Will I lose my mind?
Can we be saved by Actimel (100ml probiotic yogurt drinks), if I remember to go to the grocery store before it closes?
So many questions.