Thursday, March 10, 2011


I like to pretend I'm pretty average in my tastes and preferences. I like to imagine I'm not part of the cultural elite or a self-parody straight out of Stuff White People Like, but then again I do have an unhealthy attachment to NPR despite their recent antics -- and then there are my children.

Sure, I have enough of them to make most sane people blanch, but I'm not sure even that makes me nearly "of the people" no matter how many Duggar references it might inspire. But back to those pesky little children -- it is their eating habits that really mark me.

I'm not a hard core enforcer of any particular food craze. My kids eat whole grain bread baked by me (sometimes), whole foods, organic foods, ethnic foods, and all that jazz, but they sometimes drink soda and eat a Happy Meal. We follow the everything occasionally and Indian food a lot diet, but I may have just introduced them to a few too many foods and turned them into elitist foodies.

I became aware of the problem several years ago when we blithely shipped the oldest off on a church outing only to find out upon his return that he'd informed the parents cooking breakfast that he preferred his eggs sunny-side up and runny and his orange juice to include mango as well. I laughed it off as one oddball kid (and besides I was used to him).

I was sure my children were perfectly normal, after all they pick the tomatoes and mushrooms out of everything I cook. It is probably not really them.

Or maybe...

Today I was chatting with the four year old about things that are red. "What fruits are red?" I asked. He thought for a minute and then said, "Pomegranates." Later when we'd moved on to green things he offered, "Edamames are green."

I didn't think we were so far off the beaten path, but maybe we just eat weird around here.


Ellen said...

OOh, I really like the "Everything occasionally and Indian food a lot" diet!

Mary @ A Simple Twist Of Faith said...

Speaking of foodies and NPR, I like listening to Lynne Rossetto Kasper and the Splendid Table on Sunday afternoons while I am in the kitchen. My husband and I both love to cook. Due to infertility, our first nine years together were spent without kids. During that time, we had plenty of time and money to indulge in food, beer, and wine adventures. Rick used to make his own beer, a wonderful Weizen.

Emily J. said...

Ha! We're big fans of edamame, too, but not pomegranates, because they are too much work for too little pleasure. I got some weird looks one day at the grocery store when one of my kids begged for fresh brussel sprouts.

Melanie B said...

Ha! Sounds like my kids. My girls beg for pomegranates, one of their favorite fruits. Even the 1 year-old knows how to get the seeds out if I give him a quarter. We haven't had edamame for quite a while-- not sure the younger kids would recognize it, though my eldest used to ask for it by name-- but then again they all love lobster.

melissa said...

Nah, they're just little hippies! ;)

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