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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

silicone financier molds

Lu's breakfast (version 2)

Yesterday, Danny decided to make polenta. This isn't unusual here. We take turns jumping up from the couch with a new idea for breakfast.

But this one was different, because he decided to make the polenta in Little Bean size.

She's eating all the time these days. Most of all, she likes reaching over to eat what is on our plates. Danny figured that, if we could make more food that fit into her hand, entire, she'd eat her own food.

So he made warm polenta with fresh herbs and goat cheese. Then he pulled out the silicone financier mold we bought last month.

We've been busy. We haven't been able to use them. We imagined savory financiers and small puddings, little bar cookies, and other goodies we have yet to create. However, we hadn't made any of them.

So he spread the polenta over the molds and put them in the refrigerator. An hour later, he popped them out of the molds — no problem — and cooked them in olive oil, topped them in parmesan.

Little Bean speared one with her fork and chewed. Then smiled, then ate them all up.

And then she looked at Danny, who was already teary, patted his hand, and said, "Thank you." (in toddler language, of course.)

We were both unable to speak for a few moments.

Danny said, "You know, I've probably cooked for thousands of people, and it has always meant a lot to me when they enjoyed my food. But that right there? That means more to me than any of those meals."


That moment would not have happened without those molds.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a great idea. I made a batch of polenta over this past weekend and poured it into a regular baking pan to set. Didn't go so well, but when I put a couple of the slices into a microwaveable bowl to reheat, it turned to mash - and once cooled (due to my distraction), it had molded to the bowl!
How do the molds work in terms of making the polenta hold its shape once you turn them *out* of the mold? Do they firm up?

October 14, 2009 at 3:25 AM  
Blogger Shelly! said...

I love the idea of using the molds for that.

More than anything I love the idea of a child eating food with goat cheese...can I send my kids up to you for a few weeks so they can experience the joy that is your cooking?

October 14, 2009 at 7:03 AM  
Blogger Cove Girl said...

It's nice that she's learning to like good food early, and not junk like so many kids today do.

October 14, 2009 at 7:43 AM  
Anonymous Sho said...

What a great idea! What do you call them? Kids would call them polenta goat cheese fingers, but with all the h'doerves trays I have seen, those would be a great addition!



October 14, 2009 at 12:16 PM  
Anonymous cathy said...

My sister made financiers last xmas and they were the BEST--so buttery and delicious!!

I just don't put too much waterin the polenta and pour it in a loaf pan and slice it the next morning. works great without me buying a new pan. love it!!

October 14, 2009 at 2:11 PM  
Blogger Jenn Sutherland said...

Love this idea! And love that Little Bean not only loved them, but thanked Danny! So sweet, and what a precious memory.

October 14, 2009 at 5:23 PM  
Anonymous The Diary of an Epic Failure said...

I have ALWAYS had trouble getting polenta to set enough to give it a good fry...Thanks for this tip!!

October 15, 2009 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

I think you should call them PoGo sticks!

October 28, 2009 at 12:21 AM  
Blogger Tasty Eats At Home said...

Yum! I think I'd go for these, regardless of whether they were made for Little Bean or not!

October 28, 2009 at 12:47 PM  

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