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The List

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).

January 26, 2012 - 8:15 am

Kris - I love her list. Though, I love both onions and beets, so would have saved my spots for: mushrooms, watermelon, caviar/roe, any vegetable that has been boiled, and any “cream of” soup. Blech.

January 26, 2012 - 9:50 am

Alicia - 1. Cooked mushrooms (slime city!) 2. Shrimp (and anything else you have to de-vein or de-poop) 3. Blue cheese 4. Eggplant 5. Brussel sprouts (i’ll eat them but I won’t enjoy them).

I love the idea of a ‘safe list’. For Skye that would include anything that is NOT candy or chocolate.

January 26, 2012 - 12:56 pm

shannen - In my defence: I do not hate everything hate comes from the ocean. Only slimy, stinky nasty creatures. And I’d eat them if I could actually swallow them without gagging. So it’s actually not my fault.

January 26, 2012 - 1:19 pm

Dan - Ok so 1. Slimy things from the sea. What are your other 4? 🙂

January 26, 2012 - 2:30 pm

Auntie Jenny - This is a funny post. And a really good idea. For me it would be 1. liver (based on a traumatic childhood experience I think Dan would remember) 2. Red Onions 3. Bratwurst out of a can/jar 4. Occassionally I do not like eggs (scrambled, over easy, etc) and 5. Shepherd’s Pie.

January 26, 2012 - 7:21 pm

shannen - My other 4, eh?
2. Fatty meat, like on ribs or chicken wings. Gag.
3. Salmon cream cheese (Jaia’s fave yet so gross)
4. Prosciutto
5. BBQ sauce

January 26, 2012 - 8:26 pm

Sean - If i am truely limited to 5 … hmmm
1) Fish ( I can do white fish and other sea food but not strong gross stinky fish)
2) Blue Cheese
3) Melons ( all sorts ..just so Bland and flavorless)
4) Wild game ( deer and moose)
5) Gingered candy Prunes ( Shannen ate one once for 10$… very brave)

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