Things I love – Bringing up Bebe and Yogurt cake

Ah Friday a time for happiness and a time for Love. I thought this Friday I would share with you some of the things I love from this week. As you know last Saturday Little and I (mostly Little) made the yogurt cake from Bringing up Bebe. So I thought I would share more about this book and the cake.

Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting

I forget where I read about this book but where ever it was I pre bought it for my Kindle. I loved the book! I did. I guess there is some controversy about it for some reason, but I don’t know why. I think the book was written well and was a very easy read. It is written in way where you feel like you are getting an inside peek at someones life which is kind of fun. Even in fiction I like character development best. My non fiction likes tend to autobiographical so this fit in well for me. I also found the author endearing and funny.

I like that it opens with a description of a scene that is familiar to most parents and leaves the parents wondering “will life ever be normal again.” I liked that the book didn’t come across as judgy so much as it seemed to ask why do we do things this way and why do they do it that way. How did these things come to be? What is the result? If you have a kid I think it is a good read. I liked a lot of things about this book and I loved what it had to say about food! (confession about 30 seconds after I finsihed this book I bought French women don’t get fat which seems less like a diet book and more like food porn with recipes)

France apparently has strict rules about food. One is when you can eat. 8am 12 noon 4pm (this is for kids and it is when their school day is over or they awake from their nap if they are not in school yet) and 8pm. I have occasionally felt like I all I do all day was make food, feed little and then clean up only to start again. She talked about body clock rhythm and how important they feel it is to have the child on fairly strict daily rhythm. I’m a fan of routine so you know that appeals to me. Little did fuss a little when I cut out her morning snack but she seems to be happy to play all that time now. Of course when she gets to lunch she is indeed hungry and ready to eat.  They talk about educating you child’s palate by introducing all kind of different foods. We have been having a lot of fun with this. We started trying a new cheese every week. They also it seems serve their main meals or their big meals in course. Which is not as hard as it sounds and we have been trying as well.

The book talks a lot about the education of children. Not like the schooling or reading or math but teaching them right from wrong and to think of others. Teaching them to think for themselves so that they can monitor their own behavior with less intrusion from the parents.That if you have a strict frame of rules within that frame the child can behave  or do as it wishes. It is the parents job to educate the child what the rules and expectations are, but not to intrude into child’s exploration of the world to much. Very interesting to me seems to be a paradoxical view that children even very small babies should be talked to somewhat like adults and yet children are supposed to still be children and not grow up to fast.

She also talked about the yogurt cake. Which I guess is a cake that children make all round France or at least Paris. It helps them learn to focus and they measure the ingredients get them into the bowls, Mix carefully and then spoon into what ever it will be baked in. It also teaches them to wait because here is the kicker; The child makes the cake in the morning and then doesn’t  eat it till the 4pm snack. Plus who doesn’t like the sense of accomplishment of “I did this!” Not to mention its fun and it tastes good.

Yogurt cake from Bringing up Bebe

preheat over to 375

2 six oz containers of plain whole milk yogurt( use the empty containers to measure the other ingredients)

2 eggs

1-2 containers of sugar (we used one, my mom thought it was to sweet and our friend thought not sweet enough)

1 teaspoon vanilla

just under one container of vegetable oil

4 Containers of flour

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

creme fraiche (Optional for a topping)

combine wet ingredients in one bowl and dry in another. Then mix dry into wet. at this point you can add a container of fruit or chocolate chips etc. We added frozen blue berries. She recommends putting it in to a cake or loaf pan and cooking for 35 min. We put them in muffin tins and didn’t need the full 35 min.

We are going to make it again today but I’m going to try apple sauce instead of oil. I will let you know how it comes out.

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