Did you hear? There is a restaurant coming to a city near you that will serve pasta with butter, soft pretzels and will have a super extensive dessert menu. Oh yes, this is the restaurant that my daughter plans on opening some day.
You may recall from a previous post that my daughter had quite lofty dreams of becoming everything from a ballerina to a unicorn to a zebra when she grows up. It seems that she has been settled on chef for quite some time now. She loves to cook and bake with me and read stories about food and cooking. I love that she has such an interest in cooking, but can’t help laughing to myself. My picky eater dreaming about preparing food for all to enjoy just seems a bit comical. The number of things she eats I can count on one hand! I was hoping that preparing the food would help expand her palette a bit more, but that hasn’t quite panned out.
Of course, my goal is always to encourage and never plant any doubt in my daughter’s head. However, I was extremely curious to find out why she wanted to be a chef and what she thought she would serve to her dining patrons. When I asked her why she wanted to be a chef, her face lit up and simply responded, “I want to make things that make people happy. And good food makes people happy.” (Loved her answer by the way! Where does she come up with this!) When I asked her what she wanted to cook for everyone, she told me “only good things.” She listed pasta with butter and soft pretzels with lots of salt as her top sellers. She also told me her restaurant would have a huge dessert menu.
So tonight, as I finished reading her the shortened version of Disney-Pixar’s Ratatouille, she asked me if I knew why she loves that story.
“Is it because you want to be a chef when you grow up?” I replied.
“Because they said anyone can cook. And if Remy is a rat and can be a chef, I can work hard and be one too.” She whispered.
She told me she would keep dreaming about being a chef. And with that she drifted off into sleep.
So while she dreams about becoming a chef, the world can dream about her future restaurant. Where carbs are your friend and you can have seconds on dessert. Come to think of it, my daughter’s idea for that menu isn’t completely off from her reason for wanting to be a chef. Carbs and dessert would make people happy!