Just eat it, eat it, eat it!

Rumor has it that after feeding her three very fussy children, my grandmother found me to be a delight: I ate pretty much everything that was presented to me (especially meat and potatoes, which always makes an Irish grandmother extra-happy).

But there is no justice in the universe. My kids seem to have a deal with one another that they’ll eat a complete diet, but only as a duo. One exclusively loves fish, serious vegetables like asparagus, and fruit, and the other wants only eggs, cheese, Chinese dumplings, burgers and fruit. Their only intersection: They both want endless amounts of candy, pumpkin bread and overpriced baguettes. Oh, yes. And fruit.

After another night of The Elder clamoring for what he calls “the only food he’ll eat: pizza, McDonald’s or sushi,” I got a great reminder in my inbox. My ex-college roomie, whom I’ve known since high school, has written a fabulous cookbook for parents and kids, called “Kitchen Passports: Trinidad and Tobago.”

http://www.lulu.com/shop/nicole-furlonge/kitchen-passports-trinidad-and-tobago/paperback/product-20132568.html

I haven’t gotten a chance to test Nicole Furlonge’s creations out yet, but can’t forget the roasted cauliflower recipe that sounds like a perfect gateway food to get a kid hooked on cruciferous vegetables. And the curried pumpkin could just make The Younger forget about his regularly scheduled weekly binge on assorted artisanal gourd breads. (Hey, he has to get Vitamin A somehow).

And if these new recipes don’t get past my strangely fussy kids, alas, I might be resorting to some sort of broccoli-cheese/M&M casserole instead, but I’m sure that won’t end well.–Jillian O’Connor

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