How to Make Carrots and Peas Cool

We love the Charlie and Lola book series. One of our favorites is “I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato” (the pop-up version!) in which Charlie tries to coax his little sister into eating her dinner using some creative packaging. Carrots are orange twiglets from Jupiter, mashed potato is cloud fluff from the pointiest peak of Mount Fuji, fish sticks are ocean nibbles, peas are green drops from Greenland and tomatoes are moon squirters. [You can watch the animated version here]

So when we threw together a quickie dinner of peas, carrots and fish — I had that feeling of deja vu.┬áLuca got the reference right away, reciting lines from the book and digging into his dinner with unusual gusto. Usually when Luca has peas for dinner, they have a bad habit of rolling out of his mouth before he can actually eat them (strangely he does not have this problem with grapes or raspberries!). But as for the official Charlie and Lola “Green Drops from Greenland”… well, they cooperated quite nicely. It’s nice to see peas and carrots getting the benefit of a little PR. Good work Charlie and Lola!

By the way, we have been collecting a list of our favorite kids’ books about food which you can find here…. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, take a look and share your favorites. Would love to hear about great foodie books for older kids too. Happy reading!