|The classic ingredients for ratatouille. But, will bébé eat this? She will if she’s French.|
Not to state the obvious. . . have you ever noticed that when someone says “it goes without saying” that they promptly say it anyway? That’s what I’m about to do.
When one’s life, for whatever reason, is presented with an entirely new and unexpected experience, along with that experience comes a surprising ripple effect emanating from that event. I’m stating the obvious here. In this case I’m referring to being a grandmother and specifically babies and food and babies and food in France.
In other words, what did I know?
|Ella’s favorite food. They’re her definition of sweet treats.|
While Andrea was here last month, on several occasions we headed out to the market to buy fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese, butter, almond butter and yogurt for Ella. She has yet, except for daycare, not been interested in eating meat although she seems to like some fish. Apparently daycare meals are more about doing, i.e. eating what everyone else eats as opposed to fussing about whether you’re happy with the menu choices. In fact, Ella’s parents received a comment on her daily report that said she stole a pea off of another child’s highchair tray. She loves peas.
Just for fun, Drea and I decided to see what the French have on offer in prepared organic baby foods. That’s when we realised that all those books that have been written about how French children eat everything must be true. We were amazed at the exotic possibilities of what a baby could eat (if a baby would eat), for example a zucchini and chèvre risotto we both decided sounded delicious.
We discovered organic meals we wanted to tuck into on the spot, like: peas, salmon and coconut cream; broccoli and quinoa with ricotta; Jerusalem artichokes and beef; celeriac and polenta with salmon; eggplant pasta; ratatouille with quinoa; leek fondue and potatoes: parsnips, spinach and salmon; sweet corn with farm duck; pumpkin tajine with bulgar and on and on.
For snacks there were mini carrot or apple rice cakes and if maman is looking for one, simple food for dessert, a snack or an accompaniment to a baby’s meal, how about portable pouches of: William’s pear purée, Gala applesauce, mango purée, pineapple purée and in the veg family, onion squash.
|The book that explains everything. Here’s hoping. . .|
We tried the celeriac, polenta and salmon without success, but Andrea didn’t have the time to do what French mothers do, which is to represent a rejected food several times, usually in different ways, to “educate” a baby’s palate.
So that Drea can work on this widely accepted theory, I sent her the book “French Kids Eat Everything” — it was waiting for her when she and Ella arrived back in Chicago.