We recently picnicked with a friend and her two lovely boys, and while we were there Small Child tried fresh peas eaten straight from the pod for the first time, as my friend's boys had them with their lunch. Despite peas being one of Small Child's least favourite vegetables, he absolutely loved eating them from the pod, so I bought a big bag of fresh pea pods for us to snack on at home. The experience inspired today's lunch, which includes pea pods, of course!
In this lunch Small Child had oatcakes, buttered and sandwiched together, rolled up pieces of ham skewered on green polka-dot picks (I thought they looked like peas) and a selection of dried fruit in a pea-pod shaped silicone food cup (raisins, cranberries and blueberries). On the side he had some fresh pea-pods, and a portion of natural yoghurt with a little honey swirled into the top. I finished the lunch off with some alphabet picks spelling out PEA and a cute little spoon for the yoghurt.
Small Child loved this lunch, especially the peas. I think this is a brilliant example of how the presentation of food can really affect a child's enjoyment of it, as previously he would have turned his nose up at the idea of eating peas, but after giving them to him in the pods they are now his new favourite food!