Day 83: Cornish hens/potatoes and peas/rotini/eggs and toast


I was chatting to some other moms yesterday while our kids scrambled for chocolate eggs; on the subject of finicky eaters it became quickly apparent that some of you may be under the misconception that what ever I make for dinner, Willem will happily eat.

Ha. Let me relieve you of that crazy notion right now. 

  • He will not eat a potato in any form, unless it is a French fry. He will, however, eat falafel, and adores anything containing pesto.
  • Anything else that’s green is out. Unless it’s spinach, wilted onto a pizza or whizzed into tomato sauce.
  • He refuses to drink juice or even accept a Freezie. Which is not really a problem, just weird.
  • Nor, going against all that is sacred to most two year olds, will he eat yogurt, or applesauce, or really anything resembling baby food. He will, however, drink a smoothie.
  • He adores ketchup, so I mix it half and half with tomato paste to cut back on the sugar. He never notices. (You do have to refrigerate it though, and it doesn’t last as long.)
  • He won’t eat an orange (even a Mandarin) or a carrot, unless it’s to imitate Bugs Bunny (in which case he only bites off the tip anyway) or cooked into Chicken, White Bean & Pesto Stew, which is loaded with veg and was always our saviour on days when we ate Big Salads and other things he won’t touch for dinner. However, in recent weeks it seems to be going the way of Lentil Soup – something he used to adore and now gags at.

We do, however, generally insist that he at least try a bite of things. Kids love repetition in their food as much as in their Disney movies, so it’s easy to fall into the “my kid will only eat chicken fingers and hot dogs” trap. If we let him, W would live on meat, buns, peanut butter spoons and eggs and toast, unless an all-candy and ketchup diet was an option. (What’s a peanut butter spoon? It’s a small spoon, dipped in peanut butter to then be licked off like a puppy. Hey, it has protein and good fats.) 

Green Eggs and Ham has actually been quite effective in convincing him to try stuff. He spent the afternoon trying to persuade our chef neighbor to taste an avocado.

Tonight we went for dinner at Mike’s mum’s house, and she made Cornish hens (teeny tiny turkeys: one each, with Stove Top and seasoning salt) and W tore the legs and wings off all of them, and that’s all he would eat. Any onlooker might have thought we were poisoning him with the two bites of peas we managed to convince him to eat by overenthusiastically quoting Green Eggs and Ham: “you will like it, you will see – you will like it in a tree!”, and so when we got home we pulled out the tomato sauced whole wheat rotini we keep in waiting for such occasions, and his beloved (poached) eggs on toast, which has become the standard fare he asks for anytime he’s hungry.

Feel better?


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3 comments on “Day 83: Cornish hens/potatoes and peas/rotini/eggs and toast

  1. Anonymous
    March 24, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    W had poached eggs tonight? We did too (Eggs Benedict Florentine). Well, all of us except my non-eating 3 year old boy. He had mango and turkey bacon.

    OK, what is the secret to poaching eggs? I’ve tried all sorts of methods and they’re always messy semi-disasters with large quantities of egg white floating around unappetizingly in the water. My mom suggests getting vinegar involved. I only poach eggs when I make Eggs Benedict and I hardly ever make Eggs Benedict because I have so much trouble poaching the eggs!

    I learned how to make a grilled cheese sandwich using a clothes iron in Home Ec (thanks for that useful lesson, Mrs. Hebert) but she chose not to teach us the proper way to make poached eggs. Let me in on the secret!

  2. Colleen
    March 25, 2008 at 8:58 am

    I got this from one 101 Cookbooks blog – seems rather complicated but take a look….

    “Now back to the simmering water. You are going to use this to poach the eggs one at a time. Gently crack egg into a ramekin, carefully slip it into a mesh strainer over your sink – some of the whites will run through and strain off (if the mesh is too fine, you won’t get the desired effect). This minimizes the fly-away whites you normally get. Now, carefully slide the egg back into the ramekin. Lower the ramekin down into the simmering water and let the egg slip out. Let it simmer there for a few minutes, past the point when the whites have become opaque. If you like a loose yolk, cook for less time. Remove the egg with a strainer or slotted spoon and either serve it atop some rice or set aside while you repeat the process with the remaining eggs.”

  3. Laurie
    November 27, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Your two year old likes spinach? How totally weird. Hasn’t he read the right books? He’s a traitor to small children everywhere who hate spinach!


    Most kids taste buds change as they grow. As long as it doesn’t become a power struggle between parents and child, and as long as there’s a wide variety of different foods available for him to try, what he hates this month he’ll love next month, and visa versa

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