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While my daughter was eating her favorite soup made by her grandmother, I thought it will be a good opportunity to ask her about ingredients.
Me: Teona, this is your favorite soup. I never asked you if you know what makes it so delicious. Why do you like it so much?
T: Because it is my favorite. Grandma makes it for me.
Me: What do you think grandma puts in it?
My mother usually cuts the vegetables very finely so it takes her a little time to observe them.
T: She puts a lot of noodles. They are my favorite.
Me: Do you know how grandma makes the noodles?
T: I don't know.
Me: Let's give it a try. The spaghetti for example, they are made from...?
Me: Do you think grandma uses also flour?
T: Yes and salt.
Me: Ok, what else?
T: I don't know (again).
I explained her the way grandma does the noodles.
Me: What else can you see and taste in this soup?
T: Carrots, tomatoes, cherry pepper, salt
Me: This green leaf, what is it?
Me: Good. There is something else that grandma puts in a soup at the beginning, but you don't have it now in your plate, what do you think it is?
Me: No. Grandma boils it to give flavor.
T: Meat. Chicken meat.
Me: Good. Why do you think this soup has this color?
T: I don't know.
The next questions asked were givin' the same answer "I don't know". I let her eat.
I guess this was not so challenging to her.
The second day, I changed the soup with one that she does not like, also made by my mother. It is a traditional soup "zer cu cartofi" (it is called in Romanian; a kind of buttermilk with potatoes). The vegetables are also cut finely. To make her eat it I challenged her. I said that if she can give me than 5 ingredients, I will try to give her another three and the one who said them correctly wins a chocolate croissant. We will also call grandma to ask about the correct ingredients.
I let her say first 5 ingredients because three of them were easily to see but the others were hard to guess... So, I wanted to encourage her even to win (and to eat the soup). Next time we will change the strategy.
Me: Let's hear the ingredients.
T: Potaoes. Salt. Tomatoes. Carrots.
Me: I don't think grandma put carrots. We will ask her.
So, you said three. I do not agree with the carrots. Anything else?
T: I can't see anything else.
Me: (I helped her) What's this green leaf?
Me: Ok! So you have four. Look at the color of the soup.
T: It looks a kind of orange.
Me: Ok. Good. What do you think gives this color?
T: Oranges (the fruit)?
Me: I don't think grandma put oranges in this soup.
Me: Are potatoes orange? Don't guess, just think. It's something that I put sometimes also in soups.
Me: Yes. It has cream and... To give this orange color...
T: I don't know.
Me: I mix sometimes cream with what? In a bowl with a fork...
Me: Yes. Cream and eggs. Anything else?
T: I said five. Your turn.
I said oil, dill and green onions.
We called grandma and she confirmed that there were no carrots in the soup. But also she said another ingredients that the soup have: lovage, celery and buttermilk.
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