I have always been a picky eater, and I must have been horrible for my parents to deal with (sorry mom!). If something didn´t look good or looked simply weird or unknown, I wouldn´t eat it. And somehow i always left something on my plate, no matter how much I liked the dish I would never finish my plate completely. I guess the bichin doesn´t have his food addiction for ANY type of food from me.
When I went to Spain for my semester abroad and met C, at some point he took me to the mountains to meet his family. They wanted to prepare a festive meal and when lunch was put on the table I looked straight in the eyes of a rabbit. The whole freaking rabbit was in that pot in pieces, not just the meat parts, but his head and organs as well. As the guest of honor I got offered the head because apparently, that was the best part (juicy brains and all), ahem, SAY WHAT?
During an internship in India my eating habits changed a bit because there if you don´t eat anything that looks weird, unknown or that doesn´t good, you will basically starve. So over the years I got better and now you can safely take me out for tapas and I will eat (most of) it.
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The bichin has been a great eater from the moment he started eating solids. (Actually probably from way before already, even when he was still on milk only he always stared very intrigued if people around him were eating) He eats everything (even my disastrous cooking attempts) and with a happy nom-nom finishes whatever comes on his plate. These days he´s becoming a bit more picky, but since it´s every day a different item that he “doesn´t seem to like” (one day it´s tomato, whereas the next day he finishes the tomato in no-time and it´s the broccoli) we refer this to the typical toddler behavior of wanting to be the one that decides. Being picky for the sake of being picky basically. So honestly, I have no clue what it´s like with a kid that refuses to eat certain types of food all the time. (We all know the stories of fellow moms who can´t get their kids to eat fruit or warm veggies etc.)
Obviously, a lot of pickiness also has to do with the eating habits and customs in your
country. Since I had never seen a rabbit in pieces with literally everything in the pot, I was a bit taken aback (understatement). As a result, in our mixed household we are eating according to customs of both of our countries. So whereas our Spanish friends and family might be surprised that the bichin eats a sandwich with cheese for breakfast or that we sometimes have a cold lunch (e.g. sandwiches, which is not even considered lunch in Spain), our Dutch family and friends might be shocked that the bichin was already eating things like octopus before he even turned one. So he´s probably used to a lot of different types of food already because the Dutch and the Spanish cuisine differ very much.
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Related to different eating habits in different countries, last night I came across this video on YouTube and it´s hilarious. Especially the part where the kids find out they are eating liver or get to drink wine :).
What eating habits in your region suprises other people when you tell about them?