Category Archives: Food

Elmo for Breakfast

Thanks to our Tita E from the London satellite office, we had a guest for breakfast this morning.

Literally. She had him for breakfast…

Edible Elmo

We had a surpise guest this morning..

Watermelon, cucumber, olives, papaya

This is what Elmo looks like before he puts on his make up. (watermelon, cucumber, olives, papaya)

Putting him together

Almost done...

Wating patiently for his meal

And Elmo's here for breakfast! Live!

Breakfast guest

"I wonder what his eyes taste like..."

No more Elmo

"I ate Elmo!"

Eating an olive

And my new favorite food is olives.

Source: Little Food Junction

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Picky Eater Stage

My daughter is entering the picky eating stage. To date, her favorite foods are ketchup, anything with ketchup and ketchup. She also likes juicy fruit, plain bread, plain rice, food she prepared and other kid’s food. She has mastered the art of sucking the flavor from food and spitting it out. I call it lazy regurgitation.

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She eats an adult portion meal in several days. My doctor warned me but it’s still worrying. Our family pediatrician friend went as far as reassuring me that toddlers grow even without food. (Huh???) Call it first time mother paranoia but I had no peace of mind until I did what every sane mother in the modern era would do: I googled it.

Here’s what I found that made me breathe easier.

(Thankfully Specific) Toddler Feeding Tips

Serve toddler-size portions. Let you child ask for seconds.
• Offer finger foods often.
• Introduce a new food along with familiar foods.
• Go easy on seasonings and keep foods separate. Young children prefer simply prepared foods.
• Present a variety of foods from the four food groups. Let your child pick from what is available.
• Present food in a way your child can handle, in bite-size pieces for example.
• Encourage one bite to taste but don’t overdo the coaxing. You can’t force your child to eat anything.
• Don’t bribe or reward with food. Present food in a neutral fashion.
• Keep the television off during mealtime.
• Have your child sit with the rest of the family, at least for part of the meal.
• Don’t hurry your child. Remove the plate without comment after a reasonable length of time.
• Set a routine for eating. For example, foods are to be eaten at the table.
• Seat your child at a comfortable height to the table with feet supported.
• Eat with your child. Children learn how to eat by watching others.

Source: Lambton Health California

What are your child’s eating habits?

Macaroni and cheese

And the theory still stands: kids eat what they prepare – even if all they do is sprinkle the cheese on top. They ate so much the snack was equivalent to dinner!

What does your child enjoy making?

5-Step Playdate Program

The day started with a buzz. The house was tidier, the kitchen was brewing, the toys were laid out. It’s playdate day and we were hosting. Everyone was busy doing something, least of all my little co-host. She napped on time, ate her meals and didn’t throw any hint of a tantrum. I guess she knew something special was to happen.

Since our playdates are getting serious, I decided to make a rough agenda of activities so the kids can warm up to each other faster and let the real fun begin. Here are the 5 steps to our memorable playdate:

1.Decide if your child is more comfortable with an all-girl or all-boy group. At the age of two –plus-minus 6 months –it seems that it’s more harmonious for my daughter to play with other girls. So we invited three girls.

2.Start the date off at a small space to make it feel intimate. It might feel cramped with 4 kids, 4 moms and nannies but grown ups adjust easily. We want to “force” the kids to acknowledge each other even if they’re playing with toys individually.

3.Introduce a group activity that is universally well-liked. We pulled out the stickers and play tattoos to encourage some graffiti art on the kiddie chairs and on themselves.

4. Make something to eat. With the kids warmed up, they can move to the kitchen or living room and make something together. We made pizzas. The four girls shared two pizza crusts and took turns putting on the toppings.

  • Fun fact: kids eat the food they make!

5. Bring out a select number of toys to be shared and ensure everyone feels included. We brought out some coloring books, a piggy bank, baby dolls and bottles, musical instruments and dough.

By this time the playdate is in full swing and the kids are revved up from their snacks and their collective energy.The magic has commenced: they’re officially socializing with each other! Your remaining job is to play referee, cleaner, and photographer. Of course, as host mom make sure your guests (moms and nannies) are fed and that your child is sharing freely. Also,  it’s a nice touch to ensure your child says goodbye to each friend personally as they depart.

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The next day, I asked my daughter if she remembered that her friends came over. She paused as she accessed her hard drive and suddenly said all her friends’ names with a smile.

Magic.