This blog is all about a little project we instigated for our children Ryan (5), Ethan (2) and Sam (8). Ethan is mainly oblivious, but occasionally a dish does ellicit an excited ooh! or ahh! and a giggle.
The kids were getting stuck into a pattern of only liking a very few specific meals. And I mean specific – we’d serve up the usual Spaghetti Bolognese and they’d eat it no problem, albeit spaghetti first – then the saucy mince separately.
And needing a little variety, we thought we’d just throw that same bolognese mixture in layers with pasta sheets and a milky cheesy sauce and call it lasagne – and voila! There were tears before bedtime – they weren’t having a bar of it – there was no way they’d believe that it was the same as bolognese – apparently it didn’t taste like it either – *sigh* – we needed a plan because I was getting a little tired of the same dishes week in and week out.
My wife and I thought it would be good to introduce them to new food in a fun way – and so the International Dinner Project was born!
At the beginning of each week, they’d take turns at choosing a country from our globe, and on the weekend we would cook them a three course meal of traditional dishes from that country. With mainly positive results (on both the cooking and kid’s enjoyment of the meal fronts). And who knows, maybe a little geography might rub off on them as well!
We had been posting these on Facbook just for our family and friends, but there was such a great response to the idea, some of our friends said we should do a proper blog about the dinners and here we are now!