Just because I’m a grown up doesn’t mean that I can’t play with my food!
The other day, I became inspired and had some fun sculpting my own flock of sheep from cauliflower. It was quite easy really. The cauliflower forms the body and then I used toothpicks to attach the carrot legs and the grape head. I cut tiny little slits for the ears and poked in cloves to make the eyes. They looked really cute and sat on the bench for a few days. Now that I think about it, I wonder if I could make a cauliflower snowman or perhaps a ‘cauli dog’!
I guess the point is that there’s a time and place when it is quite alright for young kids to play with their food. Even though they won’t be eating them, it’s a great chance for them to look at them close up, compare their differences, handle them and perhaps even smell them without having the pressure of being pushed to eat them at the dinner table.
Perhaps a fun session with the vegies won’t instantly solve the problem of fussy eaters, but it’s a very good first step to breaking the habit of simply saying “I hate vegetables”. After all, it’s difficult to hate cauliflower when it’s turned into the fluffy bodies of a flock of sheep.