Getting the kids to eat fish: broccoli mash with white fish crumble

When I was pregnant, people were constantly asking me to imagine what kind of child I was going to have. “What if he doesn’t have all of his limbs?” my fellow pregnant friends would worry. “What if he is ugly?” others would wonder. But for me, the most troublesome and scary thought of all was: “what if he doesn’t like food?!”

That dreadful idea was banished from my mind as soon as my son started eating solids – not only was he not refusing anything outright, he was a voracious and adventurous little palate to cook for. And I am more than aware of how lucky I am to have a child who actually cries because he wants to eat vegetables!

The same was not entirely true when it came to our finned friends however – for some reason, my son who is at least a quarter from the French island Ile de Ré, was not really into fish. That is, not until I realised that a lot of it was down to the presentation of the food. After a few different attempts at disguising the fish in sauces or mixing it up with veggies, I realised that minimal tampering with the fish worked best in terms of enticing him to eat it. The tampering is basically restricted to cooking it until it was cooked and soft enough for him to eat it with his fingers. Pairing it with just the right amount of colour and mash vegetables on the side also made a huge difference.

Now that my second son is here, I am back to making all sorts of purees and mashed up combinations to develop his own tastebuds and palate, and this little recipe works every time. My elder son is now 2½ years old and will gladly gobble this, with the fish chopped into larger chunks; and my younger at 9-months old happily munches up every mashed up spoonful I give him.

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About Paola & Jessica

The Kitchen Nomads are Paola, the Colombian style maven with a Spanish husband, who has lived in Cali, Boston, Barcelona and La Coruña; and Jessica, the French-English word lover married to a Northern Irish man, who has called Paris, London and Tokyo her home. They found a family in each other after meeting in Hong Kong in 2008 and started their blog to preserve the recipes of their ever expanding families and document all the wonderful things they eat and cook. They are kitchen nomads, they have both roots and wings.