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Children as Gourmets

When did kids become gourmets? You know what I ate as a child? Whatever was put in front of me and if I didn’t like it, starve. I was hungry until the next meal.

I can remember being hungry for much of my childhood. There was food, I just wasn’t keen on most of it and there was never enough. At our place Mum was God. Seven plates were laid out and the food was rationed by mum who knew who didn’t like tomato and who only liked the sausages that weren’t split. She had a budget to balance and we were poor.

As a child my mum, like most of her generation, couldn’t leave the table until she had eaten everything on her plate. Fresh, simple food but 50 years ago it was pies, sausage rolls, fish and mashed potatoes.

As children we would regularly take three, four-hour journeys with not a bit of food or drop of water. These days parents can’t leave the house without water, juice, rice crackers and organic yogurt.

Kids today all have food allergies and intolerances, but they also have preferences. And that’s where I start to draw the line. It’s one thing to encourage children to eat dishes from all over the world. It’s another to always try to please fussy, picky eaters.