A little update to share on Soup better known as 'soupy potage' in our frenglish home .. and our little guys progress with it!
This special lunch pictured was spent together sharing bowls of soup & hot chocolates at a favorite local coffee shop after some amazing family cross country skiing. It was a special day filled with lots of enjoyment and fun and good spirits. And with it the realization that one food category has been officially checked off of my 'foods to help my little boy to learn to love' list.
At the start of this lovely Winter of 2014/15 my dear little boy who would not touch a bowl of soup with a ten foot pole in the previous year, was quite suddenly excited to eat a 'soupy potage' .. I wondered at the start of it if the enjoyment was only momentary but now as we are at the end of this Winter I am quite thankful to share that as I have offered a good variety of soups and only once or twice a week maximum to assure interest .. my little guy has stayed stuck!
I am so relieved that I did not give up hope with this one food item and have found it amazing the different tastes/textures I have been able to offer him to taste in a soup that he has not yet fully embraced on its own: celery, beans, lentils, fennel, collard greens, cabbage .. and cooked carrots! I cannot say he has eaten every soup to its fullest that we have offered him but he has always at least taken a couple tastes .. miles of progress for sure.
A few little tricks that I used that I believe helped the cause immensely were to always stick some pieces of bread into the soup so that he would not freak out that he only had to eat a bowl of soup .. and .. so that he would not only devour the bread .. if it had been served on the side and then refuse his soup. He always starts with the bread but gets the taste of the soup on the bread and seems to decide it isn't so bad.
One more little trick that I have been insanely consistent with is during story time I always point out when the characters are eating "mmm Yum Yum Soupy Potage!" as most children's books have pictures with bowls on the tables and surprisingly a lot of books especially older ones actually illustrate the characters eating soup .. great advertising!
I have also come across this post from Croque Maman to share .. a lovely blog with lots of fantastic recipes and advice!
"Beautiful soup, so rich and green
Waiting in a hot tureen!
Who for such dainties would not stoop?
Soup of the evening, beautiful soup!
Beautiful soup! Who cares for fish
Game, or any other dish?
Who would not give all else for two
Pennyworth of beautiful soup?"
Lewis Carroll, ‘Alice in Wonderland’