Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Homemaking Tip—One Way to Cure a Picky Eater

Ty and new friend

He only liked rice and potatoes. Pray tell what baby doesn’t like applesauce, pureed pears or peaches? Ty.

If the kids threw up after eating a vegetable they didn’t have to eat it again. Ty was exempt from many vegetables; his druthers were meat and potatoes.

Make no mistake, Ty grew—and was even chunky for a few toddler years—but he has never been fond of many fruits or vegetables.

We never gave him special treatment, he had to eat as many bites as he was old just like everyone else, but without a Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle next door to cure his picky eating we just endured it.

So how do I know a cure? Well, this letter came from him yesterday: (Remember Ty is serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Taiwan—a place that loves fresh vegetables and fruits.)

Today a member of the Church, Sister Chen, took our whole district to eat on the 85th floor of Taipei 101. The elevators are really fast and that wasn't even the one to the observation deck that is the fastest in the world. It was a very expensive fancy restaurant. Here is what I ate.

Italian Antipato (a little fry bread with a clam dipping sauce)

A little pallet clearer. The best part on it was the smoked salmon on a cracker.

Veal Carparccio (served with Parmagiano-Reggiano [eat uncooked]) This was my favorite part. It was raw veal with a salad on top. The veal was sliced really thin and covered the bottom of the plate and then the salad with olives, lettuce, thin lemon slices, parmesan cheese, and a few other things. It was amazing. I figured if Nephi could eat raw meat so could I.

Seasonal Fish sauteed with white wine, seasoned of mushroom braised with Olive Oil. Also very good. The fish was something that I didn't understand in Chinese but is similar to 比目魚 (Bi-mu-yu) Halibut. It was also amazing. It had sauteed mushrooms with it.

Lastly I had Veal Osso Buco braised with Tomato Sauce. Also amazing.

The bathrooms in the restaurant were so cool. They were very open and if they weren't on the 85th floor would be very inappropriate. I guess if people are up there in a helicopter it would also be a little inappropriate. The walls were all just glass so you could see down a long ways.

A cure? Send your picky eater on a mission.

The new problem? What if he wants to serve veal carparceio when he comes home?


deidra said...

I have a cousin who hates rice.

He was about three when out of the blue he started crying uncontrollably. My aunt had no idea what was wrong. Finally he calmed down enough to tell her, "I don't want to go on a mission to China!" She thought it quite funny that he was so concerned about this, and at that age!

Anonymous said...

This is just funny! I would try everything on his menu, but the raw veal does kinda make me squirm a little...

Melanie said...

I am glad that there is a cure - my 18 month old simply doesn't eat. I enjoy reading your blog

Miller Family said...

I didn't realize you had a son named Ty? How cool that he tried all that stuff. I don't even know if I would have been able to try some of those things. My Ty doesn't like very many veggies, but he abides by our rule that he needs to eat one scoop of veggies each night. I am hoping when he gets older his tastebuds will adjust to more veggies.

Barb said...

Hang on! Won't he be cooking his new-found delicacies for you?

Lucy said...

Love it. How great that he is developing such a fancy palate.

Jill said...

That happened with my brother too. He grew up with very selective taste buds, but went to Mexico on his mission and ended up eating chicken feet, lots of eggs (which he hated) and all kinds of spicy, funky stuff he never would have considered before.

michelle said...

I hope hope hope a mission will cure Lucas!!

Julie said...

Jacob for 2 years told us he wasn't going on a mission. I finally figured out it was because he would have to eat at other people's house and they might serve something he hated and he'd have to eat it! He's finally decided he'll go but I'm not sure how he'll work the food. No wonder Ty did well at our house, meat and potatoes all the way! Send him my way when he wants to make veal!