We’ve been lucky with Jaia – most of her life she’s eaten any and all foods presented to her. But then at around 4 and a half years old, she added “yuck” to her vocabulary.
“Yuck” doesn’t fly in this family. We love food, and especially love trying new food from around the world. Of course, Shannen’s pathological hatred of all things from the ocean, and aversion to eating any baby edition of an animal (lamb, veal, etc.) are barriers in this pursuit, but she’s trying not to pass these irrationalities on to the next generation 🙂
So, we’ve come up with “The List”.
Jaia gets to have a list of things that she won’t eat. She has to try them first. And then, if she decides that it’s list-worthy, up it goes! We’ll do our best not to cook with that item, and/or not expect her to eat it.
The catch is, there are only 5 slots on the list, and anything not on the list gets eaten, no belly aching.
Peas made a brief appearance on the list, but she already made the choice to keep that slot open for something less delicious.
What’s on your list? Mine comes the caveat that I’ll eat anything, but would prefer not to eat: 1. beef liver (texture), 2. raw white mushrooms (texture), 3. (fill in the blank) brains, 4. the mysterious sashimi I was served in Japan that tasted like an ashtray, 5. mutton (stinky).