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Cooking for kids?

posted on February 08 2013

How many kids do you know that eat everything?

I once worked at a pizza restaurant, well twice actually, and I remember a boy who ordered anchovies and olives on his pizza. He was five. I was in such admiration. I was like, that is going be my kid: an adventurous eater!

Here is a dish that would be the definition of my ideal breakfast. Fried tortilla, black beans, cilantro, cheese, an egg sunny side up, avocado.. I am a savoury kind of girl and most importantly at breakfast. I could eat my day upside down, starting with couscous and ending with cake. 

Sydney is my kind of city, cafes across the city are at one with my vibe. Not big on waffles and pancakes, cereal (it's for the birds), they serve turkish flat bread with thick slices of tomato and avocado. Salt and peppered. Yes! Add a flat white and delish.

The point of my story is that in my house it's typical that when we sit down to eat, I put a plate like this in front of Zulema. I don't cook especially for her. I cook and hope she eats what I like. Maybe that sounds cruel, but I aways hoped she'd be an adventurous eater. 

Her little pointer finger comes out and says, what's this mummy? I say that's avocado. She says, i no like it. I say try it, you liked it the last time you ate it. Well the conversation goes on like this until she picks out the protein from the potassium and the carbohydrates from the zinc and she picks away at her plate eating a few bites of any signs of bread or meat that she can find. 

So my question is do you cook especially for your kid? Or do they eat the same food you eat? 

Is there even such a thing as cooking for kids? I once worked at a pizza restaurant, well twice actually, and I remember a boy who ordered anchovies and olives on his pizza. I was in such admiration. I was like, that is going be my kid: an adventurous eater!

And how come mine only wants carbs, protein, chocolate, sweets and ice cream?

RECIPE

For those more adventurous eaters, here is the recipe from Emma at A Beautiful Mess. She very nicely breaks down the anatomy of a Southwestern Brekkie: 

    Fried corn tortilla or a few crushed tortilla chips.
    Cooked, seasonsed black beans. Season with: cumin, garlic salt, and a little hot sauce.
    Optional: lightly satueed vegegables like chopped onion and bell pepper. Or salsa.    
    One slice of pepper jack or cheddar cheese
    Fried or poached egg
    Fresh avocado and cilantro

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