When kids are little you (stupidly) think they’ll like everything you like. I’ve tried everything, indoctrination, encouragement but turns out, they like what they like. Both boys have heartbreakingly told me they don’t like Bon Jovi (a cardinal sin in my house) and food tastes have become more complicated the older they’ve become.
This week has included a lot of catering and trying to accommodate everyones’ tastes, including a vegetarian, 2 pescatarians and the rest carnivores. I don’t mind making lots of different savoury dishes but when it comes to puddings, there’s one thing on offer only and unfortunately for the kids, never ice-cream as I don’t like it so forget to buy it.
I hate strawberry and my son hates raspberry. We had a cake to feed all of us and in a bid to reach a compromise I made half of it with raspberry jam in the middle and the other half with strawberry. Win-win. We made sure we knew which side had which by colouring the icing (pink for raspberry, white for strawberry) and made sure neither of the jams were touching each other. It worked! And while I can’t promise I’ll be this inventive every time, it was worth it for the (short lived – I do have 2 boys who squabble after all) harmony over the dinner table.