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.
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.
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
. Repeat the dish a few times, your child will then be familiar with and accept the new flavours.
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.
|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.|