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Enjoying foreign foods

From couscous to sushi – in foreign countries we come across different eating habits and culinary specialities. You yourself shouldn’t miss out on trying foreign delicacies. For your children, however, the spices and flavours used will be mostly new and unfamiliar. It is therefore best to prepare them for the trip accordingly. In this way the trip will be a culinary delight for everyone.

Enjoying foreign foods

Pleasure comes from smelling and tasting

What is pleasure? A delicious aroma, a spicy or mild flavour, or the memory of a particular experience connected with mealtimes? Brain research confirms that all three things must be present together. Christmas biscuits taste good because they smell good and are also a reminder of cosy Christmas baking.

At first, a baby only likes sweet and salty foods. It will reject bitter and sour foods. Small children will expand their repertoire: they gradually learn from their parents to get used to and like foods, spices and dishes that they previously rejected. At this age, children can learn to love almost all flavours.

Holiday preparation

What does a child want when eating out? Chips with a schnitzel and sometimes salad too[Markets please localise with relevant suggestions]. A meal with a mild taste and, most importantly, one that is familiar to most children. When it comes to taste, children don’t want to experiment.

Many of them become obstinate if it gets at all exotic! So prepare your child for the holiday accordingly. Introduce the family to the flavours of the country you are going to visit by means of little snacks, e.g. with a MAGGI Noodles. Repeat the dish a few times, your child will then be familiar with and accept the new flavours.

Enjoying foreign foods

Dine together in the foreign country

When you arrive for your holiday, choose dishes that your child is familiar with and will accept. Milder flavours and familiarity will have the best chance of success. Rice, pasta, familiar fruit and vegetables, milk and pastries – these will all usually be fine. Rely otherwise on childish curiosity: let your child try small mouthfuls from yours and your partner’s meals. If you announce beforehand that the meal tastes superb, or that this is the best paella you have ever eaten, your child will declare the same with the air of a connoisseur. Do not force your child to eat what he or she doesn’t like, however.


Culinary speciality

Algeria Couscous à la viande (dish with couscous and meat)
Bahamas Conch Chowder (clam chowder)
Bangladesh Bengali Pulao (spiced rice with nuts and raisins)
Bosnia-Herzegovina Cevapcici (mincemeat rolls)
Brazil Feijoada (stew with rice and black beans)
Ecuador Fanesca (springtime soup with fish and cream)
Ivory Coast Poisson braisé avec de l’avocat (fish with avocado)
Fiji Fijian Chicken (chicken in coconut milk)
Greece Moussaka (casserole with lamb, aubergine and potatoes)
Indonesia Nasi Goreng (fried rice with vegetables), mostly non-vegetarian, with prawns, egg, meat or poultry
Italy Antipasti (Italian starters)
Japan Maki Zushi (rolled sushi)
Columbia Puchero Bogotano (meat stew with plantain and yucca)
Morocco Tajine (lamb with olives)
Portugal Bacalhau (dried cod with potatoes and olives)
Russia Blini (buckwheat pancakes)
Spain Paella (rice with seafood)
Ukraine Borschtsch (soup with beetroot, white cabbage and meat)
Venezuela Pabellón Criollo (shredded beef with black beans, rice and plantain)
Cyprus Afelia (fillet of pork with potatoes, red wine and coriander)
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Foods that taste bitter and spicy will be vehemently rejected by many children. This includes, for example, horseradish, mustard, Brussels sprouts and many types of radish. It is simpler just to accept this and to leave out these dishes or ingredients.