I think that Oscar may have a more sophisticated palette at 6 than I had at 26. For his last birthday he requested sushi, he is partial to a little escargot, and he really does much prefer dark Swiss chocolate to any overly sweet Kiwi-made stuff. Oscar’s mum is an engineer here at work. She is Swiss-French and it was from her that Oscar learnt to make Ratatouille, and then I was lucky enough to be taught by him. He particularly likes the soup that forms from the slow-cooked seasonal vegetables – perfect for soaking up with chewy, crusty bread.
I’ve found the best way of getting good, nutritious food into little ones is to involve them in the cooking process. (Even more fun is to grow the veggies and then go out and pick, wash and cook them up together.) The great thing about ratatouille is you can chop everything up really fine and it will cook faster and perhaps be more easily accepted by small children who can no longer pick out individual vegetables to dislike (I think we all know how that goes), or you can chop things quite roughly – great if the kids are lending a hand with the knife skills – and simply cook for longer.