Monday, July 18, 2011

Food is Fun

When I thought about being a parent, I never really anticipated how flipping fun food can be! I'm sure if my child had issues with eating due to allergies or a physical issue such as cleft palate, I would feel differently. So, I appreciate that my son is healthy and hardy enough to handle all of the stuff I throw his way.

I remember someone once telling me that the little jarred baby food was delicious. Yeah, either they LIED or I just have a fine palate developed from watching the original Iron Chef or Hell's Kitchen. Cough, cough. It's probably not the second.

Needless to say, I don't really appreciate the flavors found in those jars. If I don't find the taste pleasant, why on earth would I feed my child that? Other people may feel free to do as they like with their own children btw. :D

So, when E started eating food, I decided to make my own. My fine googling skills led me to momtastic which has all sorts of great tidbits on how to puree, mash, and smash along with storing and freezing the culinary delights. This I do with as much fresh and organic food as I can find.

E loves it.

I mean he seriously loves food.

He gets very very unhappy when you don't feed him fast enough. When I say unhappy, I mean that he starts screaming or doing his hungry grunt.

Then, when you approach him with a bowl, he throws out his arms and opens his mouth. I love that he creates a clear path directly to the mouth by doing this! Occasionally he will slyly intercept the spoon and cover his hand with food goop. He will then slowly squish the food and then wipe his face. Good times!

Another new development is his insistence on trying anything that I might be eating around him. Insistence = eyes fastened the piece of food in your hand/fork and mouth wide open like a fish.

Our latest foray into food has led us to Tyler Florence's new cookbook Start Fresh: Your Child's Jump Start to Lifelong Healthy Eating

The cookbook has recipes from the single ingredient puree all the way to meals that the whole family can share. I hesitated to buy the book because we are already past the first stages. I was totally wrong! He turned me on to roasting foods that I never would have thought to cook that way and also to different combos that I didn't consider. All I can say is that E has gobbled these up with even more gusto than normal.

From there, I tried jumping straight to the fourth stage foods which is geared towards kids about a year old. While I have really enjoyed being able to share my food with him, I think the jump in flavor is a little shocking to those new tastebuds. Hee hee. I'm going to go back to the appropriate stage foods for him next. However, I can tell you that I'M in love with a few of the recipes I have tried. For instance, the one pan lasagna has completely converted me from lasagna layering hell. In fact, I was giving E a bottle and putting him to sleep while my hubby and sister ate. It's a good thing he asked if anyone wanted more because I hadn't even eaten yet! That's always a good sign! And the pea risotto -- y. u. m!  I would totally pick up the book if you are in this stage.

My husband is off to catch some salmon this weekend which I am so flipping excited to have. That's definitely one of the perks of living up here in Alaska! That's just another food I can't wait to share with E.

So much food. So much time to share it with him. :D



  1. We just bought that book, too. Really good stuff. I am with you on the jar foods. Other than some fruits, the packaged stuff is pretty bad. Jackson won't even touch any pureed meats or veggies from a jar of packet, it now has to be finger food. He likes to skip past steps sometimes. :)

    I read somewhere recently that kids' palates are pretty well set by age 2 or 3, so introducing them to as many flavors and textures as you can before then will help them remain receptive to a variety of foods later on. I dunno if that's really true, but it seems sensible.

    Jackson does the staring while we eat thing, too. He'll follow that piece of meat from the plate to the fork to you mouth and then stare a hole through you to beam thoughts into your brain about sharing with him. He REALLY loves watching us drink from glasses or bottles, though he hasn't yet mastered handling the cup himself. He flips it and bites the bottom. :)

  2. This is great - thanks for sharing this info! I definitely plan on making my own baby food, so this is great info.

  3. We've had a very slow start to solids here. Arlo seems to find everything--EVERYTHING--gag-worthy. I've taken a break these last few days in offering him stuff. We've tried rice cereal, Earth's Best pureed apples (not too bad, I tasted it) EB's pureed pears (also not bad), and mashed bananas. So far, all of it is a big, barf-inducing fail. We have a babyfood maker, but I haven't cranked anything out with it yet.

    I think Tyler Florence is a total douchebag, but I did see an interview with him on the Today show where we was talking about this book, and I was totally intrigued. He roasted some apples and butternut squash to make babyfood, and it totally made me hungry. :) We have a gift certificate to a bookstore here, so perhaps I'll grab this book with it! :)

  4. sounds fun! I can't wait to get to that point! You're making him a regular foodie!

  5. Thanks for the recommendation too. We're still in stage 1 and 2 so this would be fun to try out with homemade baby food. I love it and find it so much more convenient. Thanks again :) That's awesome that he's such and eater. I have one that is and one that locks her jaw and turns her head if she doesn't like it :(

  6. I love cooking - we have an extensive fruit and veggie garden, etc and all being well Sparky will certainly know a lot about food and where it comes from. I hope he enjoys it as much as E! BTW Tasmania is the southern salmon paradise. ;-)

  7. Haven't heard from you in a while - just wondering if everything is OK?