Oh dear. There was me thinking N’s never thought twice about eating cow, sheep or pig.
Living on a livestock farm, we’ve always been very open about what food N is eating. Exactly the same as his older cousins who we used to joke with about the piglets being called bacon and sausages. N’s always been encouraged to understand where the food on his plate is from, and he’s never batted an eyelid – although he does sometimes get it wrong when asked. Everything seems to be chicken, even salmon!
He’s always loved his food, and fish is one of his favourites. I’m not a particular fan of fish but N will eat any given to him. Salmon, haddock, tuna, mackerel, sardines on toast, fish pie, salmon risotto. He gets lots of different types at nursery.
But the other day, we went to buy another seabass fillet for tea and went to the supermarket fish counter. We were looking at the different fish – fillets, shellfish, and then whole fish. He took quite a long look at the sprats, then asked
‘They’ve got eyes?’
‘Well yes, that’s what a fish is, and we have fillets’…I’m getting a hint he’s not too sure about seeing the whole fish.
We bought the prepacked fillets and I didn’t think much of it. Until I dished up tea, cut up his fish and put it in front of him. It’s not often that N pushes food around his plate, but this time he definitely wasn’t sure. Strange, as he usually steals seabass off his dad’s plate.
‘Has this fish got eyes?’. My heart sank.
‘No, it’s like meat, just the fillet part of a fish’.
I could see he wasn’t convinced. For the first time I recall, he refused to eat his fish. I’m hoping that he’s now forgotten it and over time he’ll go back to eating fish with no problem.
Do your children have any worries about their food and what it looks like?