Home and family cooking is a life skill.
We believe in practical, simple food for kids with lots of variety and the odd indulgence!
Cooking good food together at home will provide:
- good basic food knowledge from an early age which will help our children make the right food decisions later in life
- a food education relying on common sense, moderation and variety
- an understanding that this is not health food – it’s healthy food
ON WHAT YOU BUY
Try new foods all the time with your kids – you’ll find some instant winners and others might take a little time, but they in turn will become familiar and you will have lots of variety before you know it.
We are often reluctant to try something new because we know that familiar food works. The result = boredom sets in.
Breaking Eggs aims to show you and your children the source of the food before you buy it in the market.
Knowing where food comes from is one of the keys factors in children’s food appreciation. They should know that eggs come from chickens and butter comes from cows, bacon comes from pigs etc. You should start talking about this before they can speak, it’s nature, not something to be kept secret.
Sensible shopping and common sense go a long way to keeping your family happy and healthy.
A little job every evening when making dinner is enough to get them in the kitchen for a few minutes, watching and smelling!
Then once a week or when it suits get them in to cook a whole meal with you where they are totally involved.
Set that time aside for them and you will see magical results.
Everything will not be an instant success but when they are involved in making it you’ll notice kids become more willing to try new things.
ON NUTRITION (AND STOCKS, SALT & SUGAR)
When feeding kids we can get a little too caught up sometimes with nutrition – nutrition will come if you buy a variety of good produce and include all the basic food groups:
- Group 1: Starch – potatoes, rice, pasta and bread
- Group 2: Fruit and vegetables
- Group 3: Protien – meat, fish, eggs,pulses
- Group 4: Dairy
- Group 5: Fats and oils – full fat products(especially up to 2 years old), omega oils etc
So while keeping an eye on a balanced diet, you should still enthusiastically celebrate the seasons and enjoy good tasty healthy produce.
Children’s palettes are a lot more sensitive than adults; so a little salt for us could be a lot for them. I find a little salt at the beginning of cooking brings out the flavour and lessens the need for adding to it once it’s cooked. Babies kidneys can only tolerate very little salt so keeping it to a bare minimum is essential.
Adding a pinch of sugar to tomato based dishes lessens the acidity and brings out the flavour. You can do this with food that’s prepared at home because there is none in it already – there is lots and lots of salt, sugar and other unwanted ingredients in processed food.
People get into a quandary about stock . Stock is such an easy thing to make and it should not cause any angst.
Obviously homemade stock is the best. (check out our recipes page)
However if it comes down to you making a gorgeous homemade meal for your children with bought stock or buying processed food because homemade stock seems like too much trouble then guess what? bought stock will do fine. Your home cooked meal is most important.
There is one very good Irish company, Pure Brazen, making good liquid stocks now that do not have all the scary ingredients and are very low in salt and 100% natural.
If using stock cubes try to use a reputable brand with the least amount of salt and yeast added.
They do have salt in them so if cooking with these try to put the water in first and add the stock towards the end of cooking, that way the salt does not reduce too much and become overpowering.
**It is important to remember however, that the nutritional benefit of homemade stock far out weighs that of a stock cube. Homemade stock is a powerhouse of easily digestible vitamin’s and minerals and a great way of getting those extra nutrients into your children.