Miss Muffin, The Emerging Foodie.

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Waffle Iron Cookies.

I often get asked if Miss Muffin is much of a foodie. My current answer is, she is getting there. She knows what she likes, will try new things and loves to talk about eating out. She is also developing some mean kitchen skills and can cook a dinner.

At the moment she is concentrating on becoming an expert pizza maker. We have told her we are happy to eat pizza once a week and for her to get to the place where she is happy about what to do and can cook it without worrying about a single step. To me, an important part of cooking is to get to that comfortable place with a dish. I don’t want her time in the kitchen to be a chore but a time she enjoys. The same applies to food in general. At the moment, she is also enjoying cooking for her school lunch.

Cheese scones are her current favourite lunch box filler. She makes enough at the start of the week to last for the five days. The recipe she uses contains oil, not butter and they are fresher longer. Five day old scones are not my idea of a nice lunch but she enjoys them. I think she also likes having something she made in her lunch box. Don’t get me wrong, Miss Muffin is not one of those children who will eat any thing; she has a flavour palate and knows what she likes.

Her favourite thing to eat out is mee goreng from Satay Kajang in Wellington. In the past year she has also become rather partial to ordering her own portion of Indian food. At the very least she is happy with plain rice if nothing else on a menu appeals. We don’t visit many everything with chips places, if we do she will generally choose something boring and enjoy the novelty of it.

We never set out to mould a little foodie but it seems to have happened along the way. Miss Muffin has always been part of food decisions and we have not changed our eating habits to suit having a child. I love that she has developed into an independent thinker on the topic of food and listening to her hold a conversation with other adults about eating out, cooking and the types of food she enjoys.

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