There comes a time as a parent when you realize the difference between catering to your children and making magic for your children. At least for me.
I’ve never been one to make separate meals for my toddlers, who – just like all other toddlers – are for the most part very picky eaters. We don’t force them to eat anything they don’t like, but we do make them at least try stuff. Of course I do take care to not make overly ‘exotic’ dishes when we eat together, because that’s just asking for trouble.
Not that I have time to be making a 7 course Indian spread or a sushi feast from scratch these days. (Miss that. Oh, I miss that.) Jamaican food, however, and traditional Anishinaabe style dishes are easier to get them to eat, for whatever reason. And I do make curries – I just have to keep it moderately tame. As for sushi? Well, the boy still isn’t a fan, although he actually tried it last week when he would only give it a side-ways glance before. As for the girl? She loves her some sushi. That’s my girl.
Food is a pretty big deal in our house. Often when different holidays roll around and the opportunity to make food fun arises, I’m all over that action. My little people? They lose their toddler minds when I make themed food, or faces, characters, animals and shapes with food for them.
I seriously had no idea how well-received it would be before the first time I started doing this sort of stuff. Being a crafty sort of person, I can admit that I just wanted to try it out occasionally, because I enjoy making and creating in the kitchen. It’s like making a craft with food. A M A Z I N G, says the craft geek. Extra bonus points go to the fact that my kids will eat, or at least try, every single ingredient that I use when presented on their own personal edible bunny plate, say.
Raw veg? In the mouth. All of the everything, so much fun. They eat it all. I can’t get them to eat like that when presenting them with a regular ole dinner. No way, no how. There’s just some sort of magic woven into it all. In watching my kiddos last night, it apeared to be more of an adventure.
They marvelled at each of the ingredients and how it was all put together. My eldest asked questions about what certain foods were that he wasn’t sure about and PUT THEM IN HIS MOUTH. This is huge people. So yes, I’ll be doing a fair chunk of this style of food prep for my kids, because look at those faces! That’s all the reason I need.
If you’d like to see how I made the Easter themed foods you saw up there, perhaps in wanting to whip something off like that for your own, then come and visit me over on my blog. The time it takes to prep food like this isn’t much more than that of cooking a dinner, making a stack of sandwiches and a salad – it’s really not all that time consuming. All you need is a little bit of imagination.
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