A few weeks ago, my friend Robyn (who is, incidentally, giving away a $100 Amazon gift certificate RIGHT NOW) and I were talking about the play kitchen and associated paraphernalia that Gracie was going to get for Christmas.
Robyn commented to me that Grace is a foodie in the making, and I agreed. She enjoys eating all kinds of foods, she loves to “help” in the kitchen, and she adores her play kitchen and pretend foods.
And so Grace's Kitchen was born. In the coming weeks (always on Thursday), I'll talk about Grace's pretend and real adventures in cooking and eating.
I'm also thinking about a weekly blog carnival using Mr. Linky: Kids in the Kitchen, posted on Thursdays. Would you be interested in participating to share ideas?
Grace loves to eat. She's always loved to eat, aside from when she's sick. Then, not so much, but that's excusable. I think she learned her love of food from me.
Joe marvels at Grace's palate. She will eat almost any fruit or vegetable and almost no meats. As a former vegetarian, I delight in and enjoy in her preferences, but they don't surprise me.
I made Grace's baby food. She ate only fresh fruits and vegetables, cooked and pureed by her mother. I froze the purees, and then heated them when it was time to feed the baby. The purees were wonderfully tasty, and I made all sorts of them.
Mango, peach, apple, sweet potato, green bean, corn, avocado. You name it, I cooked it and froze it in ice cube trays for my baby to eat. (I'll tell you more about making homemade baby food later.)
You name it, I cooked it. Except no meat. I don't like meat to begin with, and I wasn't about to stick it in the blender and make liquid meat. The thought of that made me gag, so I just didn't do it.
I encouraged Joe to make Grace some meat-based baby food, but he declined.
I'm thinking that Grace never developed a taste for meat. I think she will eventually, but it will take a while.
I'm interested in hearing about your experiences with toddler's palates. Did your toddler refuse meat? When did she stop refusing?
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