Some more, please: After the feast, comes the famine

2010-11-17 13:32

Oh no, here we go. I knew this day would come.

I knew that there was no way I could escape the heartache. But I do

admit to being in denial.

That’s right, the toddler has stopped eating meals.

It’s not that she doesn’t like vegetables, mashed potato and

stir-fries any more; it’s that she can’t be bothered to stay seated long enough

to eat much.

Four mouthfuls is about all she can manage before her attention is

zapped by something else – something that doesn’t involve eating.

So far, I have come up with two solutions.

First up is the lazy option. I sinfully put on CBeebies’ 64 Zoo

Lane during dinner.

It mesmerises her just enough to mindlessly eat a few more

mouthfuls and, if I hurry things along by shovelling a spoonful or two of peas

or a broccoli tree, she eats almost enough to keep a bird alive.

The other solution lies in the user-friendly pages of Annabel

Karmel’s Top 100 Finger Foods. I find Karmel’s pages, decorated with dancing

vegetables, strangely comforting.

Though my most frequently used recipe in this book is the chicken

wings, of late I have been stepping out – culinarily speaking.

Her potato slices, baked and then topped with passata, mozzarella

and fresh basil are a big hit, and this weekend I have an afternoon shaded out

to make mini meatballs in barbecue sauce, and the apple and pork sausages.

Let’s hope she eats one or two.

I used to disappear off to cry into my dish towel after preparing a

platter of delights that the toddler studiously ignored, but I have decided not

to worry about it (much).

She comes from a family of healthy eaters – in both senses of the

word – so I figure the diet won’t last.

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