The Fussy Hypocrite

The Fussy Hypocrite
I’m sure as parents we have had the fussy, faddy eating habits from our children. One minute they love something; the next they are wearing it. Food gets wasted, spat out, they moan and bitch. You feed them the same foods day in and out and ultimately try to stay calm. Try being the operative word here.

My gremlin is guilty. Very guilty. She hates all fruit apart from raisins and melon. She will eat all her tuna pasta bake but pick out any piece of pepper that gets into her mouth and sometimes meals are just refused. 
So I get all annoyed and stressy, get a lecture from hubby and ultimately give in. She will eat what she wants bottom line. She has likes and dislikes and choices like us all but this doesn’t stop me from wanting to scream sometimes at mealtimes. So I was pretty mortified to be on a work trip to Lyon this week and find myself in my gremlin’s shoes. How the tables did turn.
One of the companies took us for a wine tasting evening and then on to a chateau for a 5 course home cooked dinner. I had no clue what we would have but it never occurred to me I wouldn’t be keen.

We arrived and were given some appetisers; very strong cheese on toast and some onion tart. These were ok but to be fair it was 8.30pm and I was getting ready to chew on the girl’s arm next to me; I was so hungry. We were brought the second course – a cold pea soup. Hmmm. I hate peas. Really not a fan of those green little balls but I was so desperate for some veggies at that point I ate it. It wasn’t too peay (is that a word?) so I made myself eat it.

We were then brought what looked like a slice of omelette with more peas in it and a bit of salad. This was not too bad as I’m an egg fiend plus some salad was good for my dietitian belly.
Then the main course came out and it was a completely different story. Immediately I pictured myself doing a gremlin, pushing the plate away, drawling that I didn’t like it. It was some sausage covered in a very strong red wine sauce with dauphinois potatoes – basically potatoes in cream. My stomach lurched as I hate creamy, savoury foods. Carbonara sauce is offensive to pasta in my view. Not a green vegetable in sight either. I had a little taste as everyone else tucked but gave up immediately. I was pretty embarrassed as hate wasting food. This intensified when the kind hosts cooked me a plain bit of salmon and some rice instead (which was gorgeous) as they knew I wouldn’t eat it.

I thought it must be dessert next and I couldn’t go wrong with that. Guess again Sarah. They brought out a plate of three little cheeses and a fig chutney. I was sniffing them and moving them around the plate. You know, the way your kid does when you present them with something new and they act like it’s laced with cyanide. I had a small nibble of cheese and gagged. The full plate was left again. Bad. Bad girl.

Finally dessert was brought; a simple piece of cake, which I managed no bother but I was embarrassed. Everyone else had enjoyed the main and the cheeses and I just couldn’t stomach them. I was that annoying fussy eater just like my annoying, fussy gremlin.

Everyone has likes and dislikes, including toddlers. No one really bothered when I couldn’t eat some of the food. I was reassured and told not to worry. “You can’t help it,” I was told. Do I need to chill out a bit? Perhaps. I felt like a bit of a hypocrite really! Hard as it may be, I need to think this a little bit more when my gremlin she is simply telling me she doesn’t like something new. 

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  1. September 4, 2015 / 9:04 am

    Oh Sarah!! Lol. What are you like, dauphnoise potatoes are yummy!! We all have different tastes though and can't be expected to all like the same things otherwise the world would be a very boring place to live in! As you know I am a lover of French food (especially their cheeses, the stinkier the better hehe) but there has been times I would do exactly what you did! Never, ever will I eat liver, bleurghhh yucckkkyy!! P.S thought you were on a bloggy break for a few days!! 🙂 #WotW #binkylinky

    • mm September 4, 2015 / 9:01 pm

      I know hun I hated them! We all do have different tastes but I was so mortified. Haha. You are a nutter hun with all those cheeses. Ah I missed blogging after 4 days!! x

  2. September 4, 2015 / 9:27 am

    I see where you are coming from. I am lucky my children are generally not fussy, but occasionally my son is and I find myself getting annoyed when he picks at his food, yet, when I remember back, I was one of the fussiest children going, my poor mum! #WoTW

    • mm September 4, 2015 / 9:01 pm

      That's great your kids are not fussy! I'm hoping my girl calms down!! x

  3. September 4, 2015 / 10:22 am

    Ah it's difficult isn't it? You're right we all have our likes and dislikes, both hubs and I can be quite fussy which I think is why we want to stop Monkey from being fussy if we can, as it is embarrassing not eating something someone has cooked for you. Wish I knew the answers or the best way to be!! Xx

    • mm September 4, 2015 / 9:02 pm

      Me too hun! I try to be calm and rationale but it's so hard sometimes x

  4. September 4, 2015 / 12:19 pm

    I'm with you on the pea thing – how you forced down cold pureed peas is beyond me lol. The main course I think I would have been ok with, and the cake of course, but the rest – no way! I think where you're different to the Gremlin is you didn't smear it over your face then throw it on the floor shouting "no!" – I hope lol 🙂 #binkylinky

    • mm September 4, 2015 / 9:03 pm

      It was a bit of a challenge Debbie! haha I am having images of myself doing what my gremlin does now hehe x

  5. September 4, 2015 / 12:46 pm

    Ohh I don't think I would have liked much in that meal either….Cold pea soup is just wrong and I'm with you on the dauphinois potatoes….Eww! The cake does look very good though!

    • mm September 4, 2015 / 9:03 pm

      hehe the cake was the best bit Kim! x

  6. September 4, 2015 / 7:39 pm

    Haha oh dear. To be fair I don't think I would have eaten much of it either, well except for the cake. I would have eaten the cake! Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

    • mm September 4, 2015 / 9:03 pm

      Thanks for hosting hun and glad to know I'm not the only fussy one x

  7. September 4, 2015 / 9:55 pm

    There's a difference though. You KNOW you genuinely dislike somethimg whereas children decide they don't like something that particular day.

    I also hate peas.

    • mm September 5, 2015 / 5:35 am

      haha Tori this is a good point! Thanks x

  8. September 5, 2015 / 12:25 am

    In fairness out of all of those I would have only eaten the dessert and cheese and I didn't think I was that fussy either. I hate cold things which, in my mind should be hot. Also don't like wine sauces, white sauces or fish or rice. Hmm…perhaps I'm fussier than I thought.
    Good to have you back posting, chickadee x

    • mm September 5, 2015 / 5:36 am

      That's good to know! Everyone else just stuffed themselves and heaven! Ok I love my rice so you are definitely fussy there. Thanks hun…only had 4 days off 🙂 x

  9. September 5, 2015 / 5:59 am

    This made me laugh! You can always tell a posh meal by the small portions I think. The meal looks tasty to be honest! #bigfatlinky

    • mm September 6, 2015 / 8:12 am

      haha totally! I think I am in the minority Luke 🙂 x

  10. September 5, 2015 / 5:45 pm

    Oh dear, hard to be on the other end! It all looks good to me, and I like creamy savoury food, so I'd have been OK! But you have varied and experienced tastes, whereas if you're little one's anything like mine, some days they will eat something, some days they won't – frustrating! I let it wash over me, though, as I know he'll grow out of it. At least, that's what I'm telling myself…! Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

    • mm September 6, 2015 / 8:12 am

      haha I'm so fussy aren't I? oops. Thanks for hosting as always x

  11. September 6, 2015 / 8:41 am

    I love all the things you had to eat but if someone had served me very strong tasting and smelling fish I would gag and would not be able to eat it. So I totally understand where you're coming from. I often need to remind myself to chill out when my toddler is being fussy – he has definitely developed his likes and dislikes now and I'm lucky that he has developed a love of fruit and veg so I know I don't have to try and force them down him! If he hated them, I don't know what I'd do! #bigfatlinky

  12. September 6, 2015 / 9:40 am

    Ha ha free food I would of ate till I had exploded great post thanks for linking to the binkylinky

  13. September 6, 2015 / 10:20 am

    My kids can be the fussiest of eaters – one they will turn their noses up at what I give them and then the next day they will eat everything in sight! It can be very frustrating at times.

    I really like the look of your meal although I think I would have passed on the cheese too as the rest of the meal seemed quite rich and I think the cheese would have done me in! xxx #wotw

  14. September 7, 2015 / 8:05 pm

    Some of the meal looks lovely, but very rich and I think I would have struggled with bits of it too. And I'd have wanted some veggies with it!