I’m the wife to “Scratch” and mom of a little boy, born in Korea, who is a very picky eater. I’m tired of feeding him frozen food and have set forth to find recipes that he will probably at least try, if not love outright. I love food myself, and want to give my son the same love and respect for food around the world that I have. Although only four, he has agreed to be my guinea pig in our quest for identifying the best kid cuisine out there.
I was born in England many years ago (!) My mother is straight off the boat German and she made some great German dishes when I was growing up. I love the way my mother talks about German food. I think much of that comes from the memories, and not so much the taste. But, honestly, the difference is miniscule.
I lived with my parents in San Antonio, Texas, for, wow, 14 years. I developed a taste for TexMex in that part of the world, although, at the time we simply called it Mexican food. I traveled to various locales in Mexico, touristy spots, mostly, and noticed that the food is QUITE different there. TexMex, for me, definitely falls into the Comfort Food category.
I’ve traveled enough to know that great food is everywhere. When I was in Turkey, what they ate for breakfast surprised me: feta cheese, tomatoes, cucumber, and black olives. How very different from eggs and bacon, and yet, I tell you, it was fantastic. Very refreshing. Now their “cheese cake” is quite a different story. Incorporating chunks of swiss cheese into pound cake, does not a cheese cake make.
Italy. Food. One and the same. I’ve been all over Italy–from the north in Venice to the south in Naples and Capri. Italian food has such character and warmth. And let’s face it, KIDs love Italian food because of the comfort factor (not to mention slurping a long string of spaghetti is just plain fun).
I love France and French food but really, it’s more for grown up tastes in my opinion (with one exception–Creme Brulee). If you know of a great French dish that kids will love, please pass it to me.
So there you have it–my creds: I have a picky eater at home, a semi-foreign mother, a love of food and travel, and a desire to seek out the best recipes the world has to offer for my kid. That about covers it. I hope you and your little ones enjoy my blog.