Five little kids at the table? They eat well in Manon’s house | cooking and eating

cooking and eatingManon Proper runs daily a special bistro for very special guests: her twins and triplets eat tastefully from an early age and are fond of all kinds of food. Her cookbook Bistro Manon Helps families with young children. “Cook what you love and don’t think you have to cook completely differently for your kids,” says the writer.

Her book began with recipes so she could pass them on to her children later, says Manon Propper. “I think it would be nice to be able to say later: Look, I loved this so much as a kid. Our eldest daughter loves gazpacho, our son loves to eat beet salad all day long, and pesto with sun-dried tomatoes is very high on the menu for our three little daughters.” “.

With her cookbook, Proper wants to show that you can also make very diverse and delicious dishes with young children at the table. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,. These are ingredients that parents often do not dare to use when cooking for children. They fear that children cannot appreciate clear, mature tastes.”

Manon proper and her children. © Jed Cook


At the international school they talk to Japanese children who eat rice balls during recess

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This fear is unnecessary, believes the mother of five, who now lives in Budapest with her husband and two young children. “I know from experience that babies eventually eat better if you expose them to all flavors from an early age. My children were already eating Moroccan lentils at eight months old.”

Of course, it is necessary for young children to adapt, as he well knows: “Children and young children usually cannot stand sharp spices and garlic or raw onions. So I have adapted my favorite dishes in such a way that even really young family members can eat them, without compromising on taste.”

For her children, she finds that learning about world flavors enriches her. They learn about the aromas of Indian curries and the flavors of Mexican dishes. At the international school they talk to Japanese children eating rice balls during recess or Indian children preparing spicy naan bread. They often exchange snacks, which I really like to see. ”

Bistro Manon It consists of international main and side dishes that you can change and adapt. Thanks to this flexible setup, you can put something surprising on the table every day with relatively little effort. The book contains dishes such as Moroccan meatballs with saffron rice, and, for example, an Indian curry with boiled rice and naan bread or raita. Manon Proper: I get a lot of questions from parents through my Instagram page. Obviously, my kids appreciate all the flavours. Through this book, I want to provide inspiration for the family’s everyday kitchen.”

For those picky eaters: Slim knows it can take some time before kids appreciate a new taste. “Kids can taste something three to ten times before they like it. So don’t give up and don’t adjust the food to your child’s taste. Easier said than done, but giving in to a child’s whims is only a short-term solution.” “Before you know you are cooking for each child individually or just serving sandwiches with peanut butter or pasta without sauce. Through my book I want to show that things can be done differently.”

In no case do not bring appropriate fights to the table. It’s fine if they don’t want to eat anything, but I won’t serve anything else. By the way, I noticed that after a few bites, they often like it. It’s usually a matter of getting used to the kids.”

Tips from Manon to allow children to eat with adults
1. Keep a portion of the soup aside and then add a little liquid. This makes it easier for children to eat. It is also good to serve bread with soup or shakshuka for bread soldiers.
2. Roasting garlic, will remove that sour taste that kids generally don’t like.
3. Serve vegetables such as tomatoes with the salad dressing so that children are more inclined to taste them. They often enjoy dipping in the vinaigrette themselves.
4. Cook an omelet in a small frying pan so that each child has his own small omelet.

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