The concept

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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!

This is a chronicle of our weekly International Dinners.

29 thoughts on “The concept

  1. OH MY GOODNESS – I love this idea! I think this is so much fun & I would love to start doing something fun like this with friends (and hopefully one of these years with some kids of my own)

    • Thanks – I imagine it’d be just as much fun with friends, if not more, because you wouldn’t have to convince them that a whole country full of people eat this “weird looking stuff” everyday (well, depending on your friends I guess πŸ™‚ ). AND a big bonus, each friend could do one course – making the workload lighter!

  2. Love the concept! I should definitely try this with my picky eater! He won’t eat my food. I swear he’d rather eat something from Mongolia or Latvia before diving into whatever is on his plate!

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  4. I’m sure your children are going to be so grateful to grow up with such an open-minded approach to food. I adore world food, and this looks like such a great learning experience!

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  6. I love this idea! We love to try new foods and the idea that they will be learning about the world while expanding their taste buds is AMAZING! I can’t wait to get stared.

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  8. I’ve been doing this for a few weeks now and discovered your blog because, alas, there aren’t many sources of greenlandic receipes. Excellent job, photos, presentation — wish I’d found it sooner…

  9. I have followed your journey for a while and wondered if you were interested in submitting a post to a new event called Our Growing Edge. The event aims to compile a monthly snapshot as to what bloggers are doing in terms of new challenges with food. This monthly event aims to connect and inspire us to try new things.

    A growing edge is the part of us that is still learning and experimenting. It’s the part that you regularly grow and improve, be it from real passion or a conscious effort.

    I hope you and the boys can make it. More info can be found here: http://bunnyeatsdesign.com/our-growing-edge
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