‘Don’t eat the purple leaves’ screeched my daughter as I prepared lunch. I thought perhaps she was trying to prevent me from poisoning myself.
It transpired that I was not to eat the purple leaves because they were ‘hers’.
Wow – here was a child who refuses to eat salad laying claim to lettuce leaves. This was an opportunity I couldn’t afford to miss.
I thought about presentation, which I don’t usually take much into account, and colour of vegetables, which clearly is a motivating factor in getting P to experiment with salad ingredients. There are plenty of beautiful purple vegetables available and if she likes the colour she might not freak out when they appear on her plate. This is certainly something to consider when we next go food shopping.
However, the only purple veggies I had immediately available was lettuce, red onion and dried seaweed. Continue reading