Showing posts with label Eating. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Eating. Show all posts

Monday, 28 May 2012

A fortnight in the life of a tiny taster

Oliver recently received his first Tiny Taste test for Little Dish and we were both so excited when the parcel arrived.  As you can see he couldn't wait to get his hands on the first meal.  

I decided to make him the cottage pie to start with as he loves anything with minced beef so I thought it would get us off to a good start.  I was wrong.  He quite happily sat and played with the meal, and even licked a bit to taste it, but he refused to eat it.  It did contain quite a lot of mashed potato, and not as much meat as he would have liked, but I was still really disappointed that he would barely try it.  It's hard to bribe make a 19 month old eat anything that he doesn't like the look of.  In the end I had to give up , but I did worry that this was just a taste of things to come (no pun intended).  Then that night he came down with an awful cough and cold and was off his food for a few days.  So at least it looks like there was a good reason for the refusal of the cottage pie.  It did mean that we had the put the taste test on hold for a few days though.

When he was fully recovered and eating properly again, I decided it was time for his second tasting.  This time we went for the lasagne and thankfully this was much more successful.  It looks delicious (I was a bit jealous that I didn't get one to try too) and Oliver ate it with gusto.  
In the next few days he tried a chicken korma which he enjoyed but didn't finish (my husband finished it off and said it was lovely), and a chicken & butternut squash pie (he was not so keen on this one but he did try it at least).

While we had been finishing the first weeks meals off, the second weeks worth of meals had arrived.  We got spaghetti & meatballs, pasta bolognese, chicken risotto, pasta with cheese, peas and broccoli trees, and enough fish pie for a tea party for Oliver and his friends.

The most successful meal was the pasta bolognese closely followed by spaghetti & meatballs.  He didn't like the pasta dish or the fish pie, and this made me realise something about my son.  He doesn't like white food.  Suddenly, it all made sense.  Since he was about 14 months old and started being a bit fussy with food (which, by the way wasn't supposed to happen as we did baby led weaning) he has stopped eating things like potatoes, pasta, plain chicken... anything with no colour.  On the other hand his favourite meal is spaghetti bolognese, and he'll eat chicken if it's in a curry sauce.  I know I should probably have realised it before, but I'd just never thought about it.  I suppose that's what happens when you spend all day running around like a maniac trying to do everything for three children, plus work, plus run a home (blah blah blah as my oldest son would say).  I kind of understand too.  I like colour in my food.  If I was given the choice between  plate of white food, or a lovely colourful dish of meat and vegetables I know which one I would choose.

Though I can say that Oliver's refusal to eat said white food is no reflection on the Little Dish meals.  At the fish pie tea party that we hosted for a few of Oliver's little friends, you can see that it was a huge success.
Fish Pie

So I think that overall we had a very successful taste test.  I learnt something about my child, and Oliver enjoyed trying lots of different things.  He seemed to get quite excited whenever I went into the fridge and got one of his meals out.  All I can do is apologise to him for the days that I chose a white one.  I don't think we'll be buying any of those for Oliver any time soon, though he'll definitely be having the pasta bolognese again.
He couldn't get it in his mouth fast enough!

Friday, 27 April 2012

My Tiny Taster is famous

Oliver had his first interview for the local newspaper this week.  He was quite shy so I had to tell the reporter all about his new job as a Tiny Taster for Little Dish.  I was really nervous when I had the phone call to ask if I'd do an interview.  I'd never even spoken to a newspaper reporter before let alone done an interview, and was a bit nervous of saying the wrong thing.  But I agreed to go ahead with it and made sure that everything was perfect when the reporter arrived.

I don't really know what I was expecting but it wasn't as bad as I thought.  They asked me lots of questions about why I thought Ollie had been chosen as a Tiny Taster (I didn't know) and how he would give his feedback as he can only say a few words (I don't really think that 'mama' and 'ball' will be useful words for the food testing).  I told the reporter that one thing I can guarantee with Oliver is that he is very independent and his actions speak far louder than words.  We regularly get whole meals thrown on the floor if he doesn't like what he's given.  This is a child who will refuse to bend his legs to sit in his high chair if he doesn't like the look of his food!

Oliver is at that stage where he will no longer eat everything that's put in front of him.  He is fussy, demanding, and extremely choosy about what he eats.  I did everything I could to try to avoid this; I breastfed him for over a year, he wasn't weaned until he was six months old, and we did baby led weaning. He is just a very independent child who knows his own mind.  So no, he doesn't need to be able to talk.  He will make his thoughts very clear.

The article is already in our local paper.  I found out after a friend left a message on my Facebook wall.  Part of me was dreading reading it but I got hubby to pick up a copy of the paper on his way home.  There's a great picture of Ollie trying to get into one of the Little Dish meals.  He looks very cute (I know I'm biased) but considering he was clinging to my side for the whole interview, I'm amazed we even got a photo.  I'm happy with the article except that they got my age wrong.  They've added two years to me!  Hmmm. I think I'd better change my moisturiser.