Ryan loves the cooking scenes in “Ratatouille.” He loves all of the little details of the kitchen. He notices things most people don’t even see, like a sign on the wall in the background.
The other day, Ryan said, “Mommy, when are you going to make ratatouille?” I was thrilled. First, it was great to hear Ryan call my name and speak to me directly. And second of all, it was wonderful that he was asking for something. Ryan doesn’t always make us aware of his wants and needs. So when he asks for something, I’m just ecstatic. And what mother can refuse a child who is asking for a dish that has lots of veggies in it?
Ryan isn’t a big veggie eater. It wasn’t that long ago when Ryan was on a food jag and would only eat a handful of foods that included hotdogs, strawberry yogurt, and grapes. So I wasn’t sure Ryan would eat the ratatouille. I found a recipe and read it to Ryan so he would know what was going to be in it. To my surprise, Ryan told me it wasn’t the right recipe. He said that the ratatouille in the movie was baked in the oven, not cooked in a frying pan.
So I did some research on the internet and found a recipe called Disney’s Ratatouille. This is what Ryan wanted. The veggies were baked in the oven. I made the recipe recently for dinner. Ryan was excited. He ate three giant helpings of the zucchini, green pepper, onion, and tomato sauce dish. Then he wiped up the sauce on his plate with a piece of bread, just like Ego, the restaurant critic, did in the movie. The next day, Ryan asked for leftovers for lunch.
Ryan doesn’t ask for much. I rememeber the first year that Ryan asked for something for Christmas. He just turned five and wanted a train that went around the bottom of the tree. How exciting to get him a gift that he actually asked for. And it must be exciting for Ryan to finally figure out how to ask for what he wants. It’s enjoyable to watch Ryan’s frustration slowly disappear.