I like experimenting with new foods and tastes and I want my children to be the same. But it’s so easy to get stuck in a rut of eating the same meals week in and week out. The options may change with the seasons, I make more cooked dinners during the winter and lighter meals with rice or pasta during the summer, but the meals mostly tend to be very similar each week.
This sameyness (it’s a word right?) is mostly down to the fact that I have some
annoyingly quite fussy children and a few food issues knocking around the house(I’ll admit I fall into that category!). But I don’t let that stop us. Whenever I offer new foods, the rule is:
“You have to try it even if you don’t finish it!”
Now I won’t mention the physillis incident of early March where they all refused to ever eat something new ever again, which also led to some mix ups with pronunciations. Anyone for syphilis?
Or the cauliflower cheese soup from a few years ago that resulted in a regurgitated bowlful, yes you read that right!
Nope, won’t mention those but we recently had some, slightly more successful attempts at experimenting with new foods. Namely the Thai Green Curry last week, that although I halved the quantity of paste was still knock your socks off hot but loved by all, even the baby! I didn’t get a photo of this but it was scrummy even if I say so myself!
We have also tried a few other things recently with mixed success:
The majority of kids TV in our house is American. This means there are foods we sometimes have to google just to know what they are, like Cannoli’s. It also means there are foods which they really want to try especially this stuff:
I have tried Root Beer once, a long time ago, personally I thought it was foul. But I wasn’t going to let that put them off trying something new so when I found this bottle in Sainsbury’s I bought it. It was a little pricy but hey ho, such is life.
Yeah, that one didn’t go down too well, but Dadi and LV didn’t mind it too much.
The next thing we tried, last week, was Rosewater. It was on sale for literally pennies in Tesco so I had to try it! I love Turkish Delight, so I knew I would be a fan. But I’m the only one who like it so it was a bit of a risk!
After a bit of research on how to use it, other than in Turkish Delight, I found this cupcake recipe from Hummingbirdhigh.com. I have never made cupcakes in this way before and wasn’t convinced they would turn out, but the billowing clouds of flour was so worth it! The mix was so smooth and the cupcakes so moist and yummy! I’ll be using this method again, even if I don’t use the Rosewater! I opted to make the buttericing Vanilla just so it wasn’t too overpowering.
They actually went down quite well. They still wanted another in their lunchboxes the next day even though some thought they tasted like perfume! Actually the flavour wasn’t quite so strong the next day. I will definitely be searching out lot’s of new recipes to put this in!
Do you like experimenting with new foods and flavours? Are you kids fussy, or do they enjoy new things too? What new foods have you tried recently?