Discovering new food and tastes when travelling to a different country is exciting to many adults but often not to many children, including my youngest boy.
Many years ago my parents took all four kids to Europe on holidays and the one story that my Mum loves to tell, is that for weeks on end all I would eat was chicken schnitzel. Not wanting to continue that trend to the next generation, my boys and I came up with the idea to cook a number of dishes from each country we will visit on our upcoming travels.
In preparation for our trip to Denmark, we have been cooking some great Danish recipes such as frikadeller, smørrebrød and rødgrød med fløde.
Going by name only, you would think I would have no chance at all of getting them to eat these things. However with the boys cooking these dishes at home themselves, they discover (sometimes with a little persuasion) that they’re really just eating a different version of meatballs (frikadeller), open sandwiches (smørrebrød), and berries and cream (rødgrød med fløde).
Lucky for us we will also be heading to Italy which has got to be one of the best countries for food for boys, with all the fresh pizza, pasta, fruit, vegies and gelato they want.
My boys don’t like spicy food but I would really love them to try out some of the great Asian food when we stopover in Singapore for a few days. So I am going to keep cooking up a storm with Singapore Noodles first on the menu. I can only try!
- If you like cooking, start out with recipes that are similar to the type of food you normally cook at home and then venture into things that are totally new.
- If you are flying in late at night, make sure you bring some cereal and UHT milk or something similar to snack on for breakfast. You never know how early the boys will wake up after a long-haul flight and chances are nothing will be open to buy food.
- Dining out? Think about the likelihood of there being something on the menu that your boys will eat and if you’re unsure, bring some emergency snacks. Better that than ruining a good night out if they won’t eat!
- Try to relax and have fun with food. Even if the boys do decide they don’t like the food, they won’t voluntarily starve themselves (but hunger may not bring out the best in them!).
What are your favourite international dishes to serve boys?