Last night my wonderful husband made an oven baked Lamb Ragout for dinner. The recipe we use includes plenty of Kalamata Olives. Immy devoured them, eating all of the olives in her serve, most of the ones from my serve and any left in the bottom of the pan. This got me thinking about the strange foods our children will eat. They may not eat some extra sweet and tasty baked sweet potato but they will devour olives or gherkins?!?
Mum tells the story of when I was little and she would order a Hungry Jacks Junior Whopper without the meat – sort of defeats the purpose of the burger really! I didn’t eat olives as a young child as we simply were not offered them in our household. Children today are certainly offered a much wider range of food choices from a much younger age, a fortunate result of the multicultural society that we are lucky to enjoy living in.
As she has been unwell this week and a little off her food, I let Immy go for it with the olives. After all I was thinking, “Can you really eat too many olives? It’s not like its chocolate or potato chips!” Then I find out today that olives are actually quite high in sodium, or salt. Fortunately the brand we use isn’t too bad, not the lowest salt content but also nowhere near the highest, somewhere in the middle. So I guess from now on we will be keeping the olives on the menu but attempt a little more constraint, everything in moderation!
What crazy foods do your children enjoy?