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Fish and seafood are so good for us, and cooked in lots of butter with garlic and lemon they’re a thing of beauty.
We’re an island surrounded by sea, a nation of fishermen, and we export most of our delicious seafood to… you guessed it… Spain. All our beautiful Scottish lobsters, off to Spain.
Fish and seafood are so good for us, and cooked in lots of butter with garlic and lemon they’re a thing of beauty. We need to educate our children’s taste buds and teach them not to be afraid of foods that aren’t
Photograph by Gregory Bourolias
Oily fish are the key ones to get children to eat because of the high Omega 3 and DHA content. Critical for their brains and for myriad health reasons. Proven to improve reading and
But what child will eat a plate of boney sardines from the barbeque? Not many. Well, Spanish children would. So, here are some ways to get them to not only eat it but to love it.
Smoked mackerel paté
Cheap, incredibly easy to make and kids love it because they can dip things into it. This is how I make mine:
Get a pack of smoked mackerel fillets (available in every supermarket), a tub of cottage cheese (full fat – kids need fat) and half a lemon
Even better, get your kids to
This is a really good mid week dinner and super healthy. Every parent’s dream.
Homemade mackerel fish fingers
Finger shaped food. Always a winner. Buy some fresh mackerel (again, from any supermarket and it’s cheap) and cut out the bony
Finger shaped food. Always a winner.
Heat up a decent amount of olive oil in a frying pan and fry the fingers until the crumbs are crispy. Make a ‘pink’ sauce by mixing mayonnaise and tomato ketchup. Put them all on a plate in the middle of the table and let the kids dunk them into the pink sauce. You can also put them in a sandwich with lots of mayonnaise, lettuce and lemon juice. Delicious.
Anchovies on buttered bread
A standard aperitif in Italy, this couldn’t be easier and the kids love it. Buy some good quality salted anchovies (Spanish ones are the best in my opinion). Get some really lovely sourdough or crusty bread (this won’t work on Sunblest sliced white). Spread the butter thickly with unsalted organic butter and pop an anchovy on top. Adults, this works very well with Champagne as a pre dinner nibble.
Smoked salmon blinis
Basically, children love eating ‘party’ food. Obviously you can do the smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel which most kids love. But buy some
Adults, also works really well with Champagne.
There’s a theme developing here. I don’t feed my kids, I just let them steal our aperitif when we have a dinner party.
Sardine toasted sandwich
Buy some good quality tinned sardines which have been
They need to learn to appreciate food and there’s nothing like watching your parent ‘murder’ your dinner.
Give them a lobster
I know this sounds outlandish and this is definitely not an easy
Boil up your lobsters – you’ll need a huge pan of boiling water (Google how
If you’re really brave, you can dispatch the lobsters by splitting them open with a knife through the head and then you can barbeque or grill them. Whichever you feel more comfortable with.
Trust me, this is a great way to get children into ‘scary food’.
By Melanie Lawson, founder of Bare Biology and mother of three.