Some more, please: Broccoli wins the day

2010-09-15 08:05

There’s a saying in our house: “It’s like feeding strawberries to donkeys.”

Usually we use the expression when feeding the toddler Greek-style natural yogurt – which she considers cause for applause and shouts of “Yum, yum”.

Lately, though it refers to broccoli and, oddly, the strawberries of the adage.

With strawberry season not quite here, the ones in the shops have still got the tartness that makes you pull a prune-face – but it doesn’t seem to bother the sprog.

At Woolies I bought 800g of them and by the time we got to the till she’d eaten about one third of the oversized punnet.

Not to be too smug (as parents everywhere know as soon as you say something out loud about your child it ceases to be true), but she does choose broccoli over everything else.

In the interests of science and showing off, I produced a plate of dinner consisting of oven chips, fish fingers and steamed broccoli.

She ate the broccoli first, half a fish finger and called it quits.

Like any good scientist, I have replicated these results over four different dinners with similar results.

And, it must be said, for the benefit of various cousins and family friends who gawp at the incredible green eating machine.

While this phase will more than likely pass as soon as this entry is posted, the secret to getting her to try it in the first place is simple.

I put it on her plate, with a selection of other fresh steamed veggies every night, as a veteran mother friend of mine recommended.

Until the toddler has her own car and cash or attends sugar-laden birthday parties, she’ll have to make do with what I dish up.

And that will always be broccoli.

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