‘No want it, no like it’ is a dissapointingly familiar riposte to my desperately imaginative ways of feeding (trying to feed) Miss Munchkin. At two and a half years old she is acutely focused on her food likes and dislikes and these are very rarely deviated from, despite having been weaned with a wide ranging diet that encompassed most flavours known to man (her father is French after all).
Surprisingly one thing she does like is salmon – smoked, baked, pan fried or steamed. I put it on the plate and she will eat it with joy.
These puff pastry triangles are a good way to present shredded fish or meat or even vegetables so if your toddler is not a salmon fan (most are not) then you could cook the meat or fish of your choice in a similar way to that described here – i.e poach the fish or meat in a milk based broth then shred it or cut into little pieces before using to stuff the pastry triangles.
I made these in conjuction with her Munchkiness and this seemed to make it more appetising…
Another thing I have found helps is separating the food and using a divided plate like that by OxoTots (not a sponsored mention!) has made a huge difference. Think Bento Box, Tapas all those little eats we enjoy as adults, so why not the same for kids and separating out each part of a meal seems to make it more attractive to them.
1 packet 250g Puff Pastry
1 salmon steak
250ml whole milk
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon powdered star anise
1/2 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
1 egg beaten for sealing pastry and glazing.
Put the milk and herbs in a pan, heat to a gentle boil and allow it to simmer. Add the fish and cook on low heat till just cooked – this takes about 5 – 10 mins for fish depending on the thickness, longer for chicken if you were to use that.
Remove the fillet from the broth and shred it or cut it into small pieces
Preheat oven to 200 Deg C
Roll the pastry and cut into circles.
Place a teaspoon of fish into each circle and fold over, sealing it with egg wash.
Press the edges together (as you can see Miss M had some confusion about where to press)
Glaze with egg wash.
Bake for 20 mins or until golden brown.
I would love to see your recipes for mealtimes for toddlers. Cakes are popular naturally but I am keen to provide a wider variety of savoury foods for my daughter so any ideas much appreciated!
Luckily my 4 month old son appears to have a larger appetite and is licking his lips at food already so hopefully I will finally have a more appreciative audience for my kitchen creations!