Some more, please...

2010-09-01 09:03

Being nosy is a boon. That, and being greedy. Well, they are if you love food and, consequently, cooking. I am both and you could add obsessed – with an emphasis on never missing a meal.

I like food because it titillates my every sense – the sight of cream melting over hot chocolate pudding, the sound of bacon frying, the smell of freshly baked bread, the crunchy feel of prawn skins as you rip them off or the taste of a spicy curry as it hits the back of your throat.

And that’s without all the sensual experiences to be had in the kitchen before dinner.

Of late, though, I have put my own increasingly substantial belly on hold and been sucked into an all-encompassing culinary task – introducing my toddler to food.

We’ve completed the obligatory mashed pumpkin start, thank goodness, and for the last few months it’s been a trip watching her mash, squash, smear, throw and sometimes taste a bit of everything.

We’ve all been admonished for playing with our food, but sometimes that’s just what you should do.

Watching my daughter explore her food has reminded me of the simple pleasures of eating – ripping chunks off a baguette and sopping up home-made soup with them, slurping spaghetti so vigorously it splashes sauce impolitely up your nose or massaging garlic and rosemary onto a juicy leg of lamb.

Every week I try to come up with more flavours, colours, textures and tastes to add to her palate – and mine. I’ll let you know what discoveries we make…

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