What mums in other countries feed their kids

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agoodbookandsomefizz Sun 02-Mar-14 19:18:47

I started a thread in a totally different bit of MN and got no response so I'm hoping the food section is going to be more successful!

I am fascinated by what mums in other countries feed their kids as I get so bored with all my English style recipes I would love to introduce my kids to new dishes and new flavours. I also can't help thinking that some countries have a much healthier way of eating (Mediterranean diet etc) and I'd like to know more!

I've even gone so far as wondering whether a compendium of classic dishes from different countries - which would include breakfast ideas and snacks could work as a recipe book? So this is my initial research. Ideally I'd like to come away with a bunch of new ideas for my own daily cooking sanity and if there are enough interesting dishes, who knows, I may try to put a book together (I've been dying to use my brain since having kids and this seems like a good way to do it)!!

So, my question is. Does anyone out there know of any classic dishes from different countries? For example I know that grated carrot salad (made with orange juice) is a favourite vegetable dish amongst French children....and after a few failed attempts my kids love it too as I also grate apple into it. Any more?!

Thank you!

vikinglights Tue 04-Mar-14 11:02:26

in norway

breakfast is bread / crispbread (always wholegrain), with cheese/ cold meat / fish /cucumber tomato type stuff and lunch the same

particular peculiarities are brown cheese (whey based, sweetish, sticks to the roof of your mouth and sooo not my thing), makrel i tomat (tinned mackrel in tomato sauce) and kaviar (which is not caviar but smoked and salted fish eggs that comes in a tube)

My youngest likes kaviar with brown cheese (uurrgghhh)

typical dinners are meat or fish with potatoes and veg, meatballs, fishballs, meatloaf, fish pudding (think meatloaf but with fish), fish cakes, and also soups and stews with meat and potatoes often seved with flatbread.
there is also a wide variety of types of porridge (rice, barley, sourcream...) served as dinner

but as with most other places pasta/pizza/rice dishes etc are also popular

UptoapointLordCopper Tue 04-Mar-14 11:46:29

In UK but from South East Asia.

We typically eat rice-based Chinese dishes (DC's favourite: plainly cooked tofu hmm, braised meat in soya sauce, and bean curd skin in various forms), rice-based Japanese dishes (grilled salmon a favourite, and miso soup. With tofu), Chinese/Japanese style noodles. And of course pizza/pasta/burgers/roasts etc.

SavoyCabbage Tue 04-Mar-14 11:51:50

My dh is West Indian so we eat a lot of food from his childhood.
My dc's favourites are:

Stewed chicken, which is chicken cooked in a liquid brown sugar.

Rice and peas which is in fact rice and lentils.

Callaloo which is a soup that you eat with rice made out of spinach, pumpkin, okra and crab.

UptoapointLordCopper Tue 04-Mar-14 11:55:33

Savoy How is the chicken cooked? We have a southern Chinese recipe where duck is stewed in caramelised sugar.

<< Hungry now!!! >>

kazzawazzawoo Tue 04-Mar-14 20:59:00

I worked as an au pair in North Germany, then lived there for ten years. Bread or rolls (at the weekend) with cheese, cold meats or jam for breakfast. For tea also "Abendbrot" (evening bread) which is bread with cold meats and cheese. For lunch different warm meals, including "Milchreis" warm rice pudding with hot cherries in sauce as mentioned above or pancakes, but also chicken dishes with rice, sausages with sauerkraut or fried potatoes, fried plaice, goulash with potatoes, roast beef or pork, with potatoes and veg, spaghetti bolognese or carbonara. Also interesting fish called Senfeier, mustard eggs, which is basically hard boiled eggs in a mustardy sauce (like white sauce flavoured with mustard) served with potatoes. Or Nudelauflauf - pasta shapes cooked, then covered with eggs beaten with milk, salt and pepper and a few fried lardons thrown in, baked in an oven and served with a tomatoey sauce.

I love the tradition of cream cake from the local baker's with coffee on a Sunday afternoon smile

LordPalmerston Tue 04-Mar-14 21:05:19

Auflauf just means left overs

Nottsgirl2014 Tue 04-Mar-14 21:15:55

I am from Brazil but living in the Ukad i fed my son mainly brazilia style food. Homemade stewed beans, stewed meat (casserole style), rice, lots of fresh veg n fruits. Snacks are basically salad fruit, yogurt, jelly etc. and mainly everything is cooked from scratch, not thinned or prepared food. Hope it helps ;)

kazzawazzawoo Tue 04-Mar-14 21:18:14

Are you sure Lord? I thought it was a baked dish, like pasta bake.

kazzawazzawoo Tue 04-Mar-14 21:19:27

Sorry, that should have read "interesting DISH called Senfeier", not fish! confused

Auflauf means gratin, not leftovers. Although you can make it from leftovers, of course.

japan: Miso soup and onigiri (rice triangles).

Switzerland: Roesti (swiss potato pancake)

italian Pastina in brodo (small egg noodles in home made vegetable broth), pasta in all shapes and sauces.

LordPalmerston Thu 06-Mar-14 21:21:59

My mistake

Quangle Thu 06-Mar-14 21:25:20

oh god yes - that Norwegian brown cheese confused

Quinteszilla Thu 06-Mar-14 21:31:46

That norwegian brown cheese is PERFECT on waffles....

Also rice porridge (cooked on risotto rice and milk) with a knob of butter, and sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon. Food of the gods.....

Quangle Thu 06-Mar-14 21:43:42

actually those were both gems from our Norwegian au pair. We hated the brown cheese but loved the Norwegian porridge which, in her version, was basically white sauce with butter, cinnamon and sugar. I keep promising to make it for the DCs but it doesn't seem to get cold enough to merit it.

Quinteszilla Thu 06-Mar-14 21:46:01

Ooooh, a Norwegian au pair....We also had one of those. (Did not work out so well!)

Quangle Thu 06-Mar-14 22:01:31

ours was quite cool. I remember her entertaining us by blowing smoke rings ...ah the seventies grin

Totally off topic but you've jogged my memory about a book I read as a child that talked about the brown cheese and I'm buggered if I can remember what it was. That's going to bug me all night now.

Quinteszilla Thu 06-Mar-14 22:13:01

Ours was a spoilt princess that did not appreciate that I managed to magic up a professor in Japanese for her to talk to about her desires to study Japanese language and culture at uni, but complained that I was not supportive enough in her dreams and aspirations. Oh well, this was yesteryear x3. grin

Isn't it called yeto/st or something like that? definitely an acquired taste.

Deathwatchbeetle Sun 09-Mar-14 14:11:45

Cuxibamba - I have had the potato dish with peanut sauce - served up in Battersea park! I went to a South American festival thingy and they had loads of stalls. The food stalls were very very popular and rightly so. Is it Peru or all over where they freeze potatoes in the ground?? And they have around 365 potato recipes! My kind of people!!!!

TheBookofRuth Sun 09-Mar-14 14:54:27

Wow, Spanish school dinners sound so much healthier and nicer than English ones!

WilsonFrickett Sun 09-Mar-14 23:40:37

I weaned DS on pastina, I used to make a special trip to the horrendously expensive Italian deli and buy the star shaped ones. Sooooo pretty. (I did once see them in Tesco for about a quid cheaper but they were not the Same Brand and therefore unsuitable for my PFB).

Mind you, I used to bake my own beans so DS wouldn't be sullied by salt and sugar....

We eat a lot of eastern dishes although we are UK born and bred, our only occasional frustration is being unable to give dd1 soya which means some Japanese food is not suitable.

I do like continental breakfast, not a fan of cereals and toast!

mrspremise Mon 10-Mar-14 19:23:14

Gjetost smile

mrspremise Mon 10-Mar-14 19:24:19

And I baked my own beans for our dc too! but then I'm a bit phobic about the tinned ones anyway

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