Pablo’s Menu this week (13 months)

Here’s what’s cookin’ for Pablo this week… I figured I’d post his menus –
which I compose anyway to get an overview of what he’s eating throughout the week
– in case someone out there is looking for some ideas… I know I always am…  I’m also posting some pictures from a French
farmer’s market where I grew up, in Normandy…
They’re not directly related to this post, but what the heck… This whole thing
was inspired by my love of food (eating it, staring at it, photographing it,
smelling it, touching it… you get the idea), and Farmers’ markets are the
perfect venue to indulge in all these things… so I shall indulge in sharing
these photos… Compensates for these wordy posts of mine (working on that!)

There’s your French 4-course meal… Bread and saucisson (salami) for appetizer…
Meat (perhaps veal raised at its mother’s teat)…
Or some fish… (can’t remember which fish this is :-()
Some cep mushrooms, fried with butter and parsley, anyone?
Goat cheese from the farm (I’m so hungry right now…)
Nothing else than simplicity will do for dessert…

That 10-18 months is such a
wonderful age, because they’re so intent on discovery that most often, they’ll
try anything you give them! I hear that may change after 18 months, but for
now, I’m taking full advantage of this window of open-mindedness (and -mouthnessJ) and feeding Pablo all the “weird” things I
can think of, to get him familiarized with the flavors – and he seems to like
most of it so far! (aka, olives, pickles, blue cheese, raw endive…) And if he
doesn’t, I keep offering it every so often (research shows you should keep
offering a food up to 15 times before you can resign yourself to the fact your
child doesn’t like it.)

Though one of my main concerns is offering Pablo as much variety as possible, some things do come back from week to week (I cook purees and
freeze in batches to have enough for the week ahead)… I try to give him a different kind of
protein at every meal (meats, fish, tofu, beans, lentils), as many colors of vegetables
and fruits as possible, and also vary the cheeses and yogurts (Greek, plain, with
fruit, sheep’s milk, goat’s milk).

Cheeses of the week: Following French tradition, I always offer a
little bit of cheese at the end of every meal, between the main course and dessert.
This week, I’ll be rotating between a Blue Cheese from Point
Reyes we found at the farmer’s market, an Italian Truffle Cheese, Fol
Epi (a French nutty Swiss cheese) and the Goat Gouda, which he loves.  (If you have one in your area, Trader Joe’s
has a wonderful selection of cheeses from around the world, at a very
reasonable price).

Desserts:  At lunch, I offer a
fruit yogurt (or plain yogurt with fresh fruit), but at night, I prefer
sticking to plain yogurt (regular whole milk plain, sheep’s milk, and Greek
yogurt for extra protein) to avoid too much sugar before bedtime.



Appetizer / Finger Foods: Endives, hearts of palm, crumbled blue

Main course: Hamburger patty, broccoli & spinach puree

Goûter (4pm snack) – Peaches and cherries (‘tis the season!!!)


Appetizer / Finger Foods: Cherry tomatoes with Italian parsley, cooked cold zucchini
with baby vinaigrette

Main course: Pan-fried Dover
sole, Three Roots Puree.



Appetizer / Finger Foods: Corn, white beans & tomato salad

Main course: Chicken with peashoots and microgreens puree

Goûter – Watermelon


Appetizer / Finger Foods: White asparagus tips in sheep’s milk yogurt tarragon sauce

Main course: Tofu, served with creamed Swiss chards



Appetizer / Finger Foods: Artichoke hearts & hearts of palm
with tzatziki

Main course: Salmon with kale

Goûter – Strawberry-apple compote


Appetizer / Finger Foods: Garbanzo beans, cherry tomatoes

Main course: Roasted chicken, herbed green beans puree



Appetizer / Finger Foods: Eggplant and yellow squash

Main course: Duck, white beans and tomato puree

Goûter – Cherries (yellow and red)


Appetizer / Finger Foods: Greek salad

Main course: Lentils, Brussels sprouts puree



Appetizer / Finger Foods: Green beans, tomatoes with Italian parsley

Main course: Veal with zucchini puree

Goûter – Peach & mint compote


Appetizer / Finger Foods: Cauliflower, eggplant with baby

Main course: Soft boiled egg, served with ratatouille



Appetizer / Finger Foods: Crème of Crudités

Main course: Turkey
& rutabaga puree

Goûter – Peach-apricot compote


Appetizer / Finger Foods: Avocado, endives

Main course: Sardines, asparagus puree



Appetizer / Finger Foods: Grated carrots

Main course: Lamb & cauliflower puree

Goûter – Cherries


Appetizer / Finger Foods: Yam, broccoli florets

Main course: Tofu, pureed peas with shiso herb

3 thoughts on “Pablo’s Menu this week (13 months)

  1. Thanks for commenting! This blog is still so new, it's wonderful to "blog-meet" new co-foodies! Yeah, Pablo often eats a lot better than all of us at home… in fact, the next phase is to somehow live up to his standards and all of us eating as well… we'll see how that goes!

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