Children are strange little creatures and it's up to us parents the responsibility to teach them almost everything. So my little girl is on that stage where she challenges us at dinner time every single day. It starts like this "I don't like this food" or "It's too hot" and of course the "I'm full, can I have some ice cream?" which is always a bad idea because she always gets the same answer that is "If you are full to eat your food, you are full to eat ice cream". Most of her food ends up being wasted and sometimes to save myself the hassle I just cook different food for her. You see? I am the sort of person that will go a long way to avoid confrontation and keep up the peace and because of that I sometimes end up as a cushion between two strong-willed personalities. It's not the case that my personality is not strong but the case where I want everyone to be happy and my daughter's personality is like my husband's stubborn one. I do read every night a story book of her choosing and the last few nights I read "Aladdin" which I had to explain why was it ok for him to steal food since he had no food at all and why he was a diamond in the rough since he was good on the inside and kind to give the apple he stole from the market to the starving children and he was ragged on the outside because he was poor. So at dinner time when the "I don't like it" starts I say to her that she is not being kind to waste food since there are children starving in the world like in Aladdin. And since I am a little bonkers the not wasting lessons started with kitchen papers that she used a lot and threw them in the bin(trash) clean and not used at all! So I told her that every time she wasted a paper a tree would cry because papers were made out of trees. Some old clothes that don't fit her anymore and/or are too ragged to give to charity I use to clean my house because cleaning cloths are relatively expensive and why not use old clothes? I get to the point where I am bordering hoarders behaviour and then I have to get a grip and de-clutter but it's a painful process but rewarding. After it I feel like a better human being. On the savings(non wasting) subject I will give two recipes today: 1) Old bread, don't waste it and cook "italian" bruschetta: All you have to do is switch on the oven 180*C degrees fan or something similar and cut the bread in slices then put some olive oil on top, salt, black pepper and cheese. Add some garlic and basil and pesto ( I put olive pesto on mine and basil pesto for the husband, tomato or dried ones or fresh and cook it for 7 to 9 minutes. Here is the result. And the second recipe is for brazilian black beans. They are healthy and a favourite here in my house plus with the added bonus that when I make them there is always leftover that I share in two containers, label it and put on the freezer and it's a back up to eat with rice and fish, chicken or steaks. 2)So recipe for brazilian black beans: You will need a little bag of black beans, half an onion and some cloves of garlic;a few stocks of vegetable and if you have one bay leaf it's good. If you are vegetarian you don't put bacon but if you are not you can put a few bacon rashers. This recipe goes step by step a) soak all the black beans from bag overnight b)wash them before starting to cook next day c)have a big pan with lid d)cut your onions and garlic e)prepare a bowl with all your stock I use 2 or three f)Put some oil on the pan and start warming it while you put the kettle to boil fry a bit the onion and garlic and pour the beans there dissolve the hot water on the stock and pour it in the pan G)Here you will need to pour more water than less about 2 litres and then all you have to do is H)put the lid on the pan after mixing a bit and leave it for 20 minutes on max I)The time varies then from one hour and half to two and a half if you are patient because you will have to lower the fire and time it from half and hour to go and check J)It's ready when the beans are a bit mashed and/or soft and the water is black and delicious full of health and then you can add a bit of pepper to your taste. This first day you can eat it as soup. Happy days to you all!