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The Spice of Life

by bkhoury on January 19, 2012

Over the holidays we had a wonderful family ski trip.  Of course after a long day on the slopes the chips and salsa came out as everyone made their way home and congregated in the kitchen.  Hunter and Will, along with their 18 month old cousin, loved being the center of attention of their extended family.  And they also loved this phenomenon of chips appearing prior to dinnertime. Hunter was sitting at the kitchen bar next to his much revered uncle munching on chips and decided to have some “dip” just like Uncle Neil.  Of course this wasn’t the mild stuff I’ve taken to purchasing post kids.  This salsa had a little spice.

Hunter was not to be deterred by his mommy’s warnings.  He proudly dipped his chip in and chomped away. 1, 2, 3, 4,…. AHHHH TONGUE ACHE!  Tongue hanging out like a sick cow, wiping with his hands, “tongue ache, tongue ache!”  We fruitlessly tried to convince him to eat another chip without the salsa.  After a few minutes, he finally heeded our advice and ate another chip.  And then, my little dare devil had another chip and proceeded to dip it into the salsa all over again! “Tongue ache, tongue ache”.  And again he grabbed a chip and dipped it in over and over as I sat there in awe of my two year old sucking down spicy salsa.

This is just such a good example of how kids can learn to like different foods – even within a matter of minutes and even spicy food.  Hunter was given a huge incentive to keep eating salsa:  his uncle whom he dearly loves and looks up to was egging him on and he was the center of attention as everyone giggled about his tongue antics.  So flavor your kids’ food and they might just surprise you with what seasonings they lean towards.  Perhaps just take it easy on the spice and avoid those darn tongue aches.

  • Such a cute story (especially since it has a happy ending)

    I’ve given up trying to guess what my kids will like to eat.  As I was ladling spicy Thai red curry soup into bowls for dinner tonight I muttered quietly to my husband there was no way the kids were going to eat it—of course they gulped it down and asked for more.

    By JenDavis on January 23, 2012 at 01:13 AM
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