This week Baby 2.0 has been on a Japanese food safari as a new Japanese grocery store has opened near us.
Unlike his sister Baby 2.0 has always been a big eater and not particularly fussy about flavours and textures. That means from an early age he’s been eating adult food straight from my plate. That means rarely eating mush (though storebought squeeze packs are handy when on the go) and with salt, pepper, sugar – flavours that were never added when Lady AB was eating baby food.
As a result I’ve been more and more adventurous with introducing foods to him. Baby 2.0 has eaten salmon sashimi, which he loves as it is relatively bland and a little bit mushy so easy to gum and digest. He’s also eaten unagi (smoked Japanese eel) with great relish – between him and Lady AB they finished a whole one! He enjoys chewing on the pod of edamame beans. And as with all kids, he loves ice cream/gelati which means he ate yuzu sorbet quite happily after the initial shock of sourness.
I’m hoping that developing his taste for sweet, sour, salt, bitterness and umami early on will mean that he’ll have an ever-expanding palate and a curiosity about food as he gets older and can make his own food choices. I remember the phase that Lady AB went through where she refused to eat anything but bread, potatoes, cheese, milk and Weetbix and I’d really prefer not to repeat the frustrating experience. If he develops a liking for Japanese food, even better, as it’s generally fresh, healthy and one of my favourite cuisines.