You may have read journalist Pamela Druckerman’s insightful books about children in French society being raised eating everything. This is the same mind set for the Basque culture. We were raised enjoying different foods from very early years. I personally find Druckerman’s books timely, necessary. Transformational.She departs from the premise of her own experience. How this experience changed ‘wisely’ the eating choices she embraces not only for her own children, but for other children who begin to educate their palates. We should approach with an open-mind our children’s eating habits. This should happen right from the moment our infants are able to savor the choices the food chain is built upon, regardless of our cultures.
Druckerman’s specifically focuses on french kids and families, but we can easily extend this to other cultures. We need to do better, for them, for our children. Reading Bébé Day by Day offered me some additional recipes to add to our lunch or dinner. We enjoyed it together with our kids. The bottom line is that our children’s food is no different from ours.
It shouldn’t be. Grated Carrots with Orange. I slightly modified the recipe. I took a peeler just to julienne the carrots and made them super thin. Chewing shall be effortless. I substituted canola oil for extra virgin olive oil.
12 months and up
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- 3 carrots
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- Juice of 1 orange
- ½ clove crushed garlic
- Pinch of salt
- Julienne (or grate) the carrots. Mix the oil, juice, garlic and salt in a small bowl. Pour this mixture over the julienne (or grated) carrots and toss. Enjoy it with your young ones!