Culinary Firsts

Tonight, Z, aged 8 months tasted her first steak (don’t worry – not a whole steak). It was New York Strip  – heavily salt and peppered a la Bittman, cooked medium-rare and left to rest for 15 minutes.

The first bite was tentative, the second voracious. We now have a house of full-on carnivores.

Perhaps more surprising, tonight, our son, 3 1/2, ate salad and asked for more! Green coloured salad at that, dressed with a tangy garlic balsamic infusion.

Got a culinary first share? Let us know.

- Matthew

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2 Responses to Culinary Firsts

  1. Katarina says:

    Cinjin, 10 months, trying his first pumpkin risotto last week, kept closing his eyes before each bite and opening his mouth wide like a little baby bird. About every fourth bite, he would say, “oh, mmmm” and give a little shudder. Drama king. I’ve also discovered recently that he’d eat steamed cardboard if it was finished with pesto, which is now my first line of defense in steamed vegetables.

  2. Lea says:

    I love the image of the baby shuddering with delight! My daughter was that way with a few things, especially those tiny frozen wild blueberries. I literally couldn’t put them down on her tray fast enough. She had that pincer grasp going strong, and while I reached for another handful she’d be doing that little fingers-to-palm sign for “more!”–until she got old enough to yell “Mo mo mo mo mo!”
    Congrats on the steak trial! We went to a great restaurant, 39 Rue de Jean, in Charleston, S.C., last month, and took our three-year-old with us. Even though it was upscale bistro dining, they offered a kids’ menu. It wasn’t as bad as kids’ menus can get–as in, no corn dogs, but, yes, burgers. Last on the list, at $12, was a petit butterflied filet mignon. Unusual option…and cool, right?
    Guess what we took a deep breath ($12!!) and ordered for her…and guess what she ate nearly every bite of?
    We figured we’d pay $6 for a burger she wouldn’t eat, or twice that for the steak that WE would be happy to eat if she didn’t.
    - L

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