I was a brilliant parent before I had children. No child of mine was ever going to use a dummy. Nor would they have a temper tantrum in the middle of the supermarket. Or eat fish fingers. And never, EVER would I resort to hiding vegetables in their food.
B-G- being now a true toddler has the dummy (still), has been known to throw the odd tantrum (first time it happened I actually dialled for an ambulance as I thought he was having a fit…) and he eats fish fingers with his daddy every friday night. The not hiding vegetables was my final stand against me being super mum and reality setting in.
B-G is not at all a fussy eater, thank heavens. He will try most things, and sometimes amazes us with what he adores. (Watching him eat king prawn cocktail with coriander and lemon at Christmas time was a delight). He has, however, decided that with the exception of cucumbers and peas, that he does not like chunky vegetables. And so, today when I made him a sausage casserole I threw all sorts of yummy things in it, such as cauliflower and pumpkin which I then pureed into a tantalising red mush before adding sausages, which he WILL eat in chunks.
6 large pork sausages
2 sticks celery
1 large onion
1/2 small cauliflower
1 butternut pumpkin diced small
2 tins chopped tomatoes
1 knorr chicken stock jelly pot thing
1/2 litre water
Olive oil and butter
sautee all the veg in the olive oil and butter. Add the stock, water and tomatoes. Simmer. When cooked through, blend into a pleasing thick puree.
Chop sausages into good sized chunks and brown in a pan. Add to puree and cook until sausages cooked through. Serve with mashed potato.