Sunday, October 20, 2013

Victory on the Culinary Front!

Shekina is an extremely picky eater when it comes to trying American foods, and with good reason: she has left everything familiar behind. Like I've said before, I try to include familiar foods in our regular rotation, but this week, as we spend time in Maine, our rotation has flown out the window. That has led to a lot of frustration ("What?! You don't like pancakes?!") and to several small, pleasant surprises: Shekina has discovered she likes mashed potatoes, Caesar salad, and chicken salad. YAY! Her list of acceptable foods was and still is so small that I am ecstatic to be able to add anything, simply for the increase in convenience and ease! 

The usually narrowing (but sometimes expanding) list of foods Shekina will eat: 

Ramen noodles 
Smashed potatoes (mashed with a fork, not mashed into the creamy mashed potatoes we are used to) 
Sometimes beans
French fries 
Sweet potato 
Hot dogs 
Sometimes oranges and apples 
Djino (orange Fanta, referred to by its Congolese name)
Caesar salad (!!!!) 
Sometimes cake 
Fried plantains 

The child loves STARCH in a big way, and it's a struggle to get anything else in there, but I am constantly trying. 

Do you see that bowl of potato chips? That's Shekina's, and until we ran out, those were pretty much the only thing she would eat in Maine. Now you can see why we were so thrilled at the new additions! 

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