Friday, August 18, 2006
What Ever Happened To: (Foods My Kids Want To Forget!)
Am I that far removed from this current generation with regards to food likes? Here is a list of foods I grew up on and have tried to incorporate over the years without much success with my own children:
1. Creamed ham on toast (one out of the four kids will eat this)
2. Sweet pickles (no takers)
3. Watermelon rind pickles (yucky is their response)
4. Casseroles, i.e. tuna noodle, etc. (no takers)
5. White beans cooked with ham (no takers)
7. Most nuts
8. Egg salad
I have not purposefully raised picky eaters. They're not all that picky in that they eat veggies, fruit, meats, etc., but when it comes to a recipe with any of the ingredients they don't like, I usually omit them.
Well, maybe I'm pushing their buttons a bit too much. Seems I remember my grandparents eating peanut butter sandwiches with sweet pickles (yuck!).
I guess our food fare is somewhat better now, although we don't get as much farm fresh tasting veggies and fruits that we had growing up. Seems the supermarkets don't know about fresh tasting peaches and plums; they only know about fruit that is blemish free, picked way too green, available out of season from foreign countries, etc. What I'd give to have some fresh picked fruit. Maybe I should take a little jaunt out to a farm stand or visit the next farmer's market this weekend. And this fall, maybe we could go apple picking. Maybe it's ok that the kids don't like sweet pickles too! Now they know all about garlicky kosher pickles and seemed to use them as pacifiers as youngins. OK, it's really ok that we don't like all of our parent's comfort foods from childhood; seems I remember my dad grew up eating squirrel (yikes). OK kids, we'll strike tuna noodle casserole from the recipe cards. Silly me, what was I thinking?