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Choc tarts help anyone?
Fri 7-Mar-14
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How old is your little boy, Vic?

Sounds like a chef in the making ! laugh

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Fri 7-Mar-14
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Reading this thread made me think it should be a soft toffee like recipe with the addition of chocolate to the soft toffee That should set to a firm texture for cutting. I'm sure soft toffee recipes can be found to experiment with.

 Are we having fun yet? I am!

Sat 8-Mar-14
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Val - he is 6,  almost 7 - he certainly enjoys doing stuff in the kitchen but rarely seems to want to try anything new even if he has made it - hence he will help mash up bananas but will not touch the banana cake.  He is very interested in all the different sorts of veg in the supermarket to the extent we have to buy sweet potatoes based on how muchthey look like a dinosaur claw.

He is good at eating fruit but convincing him to eat veg is very difficult at the moment.

Sat 8-Mar-14
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Sue . This is the recipe I used to make

500g chocolate bits

400g sweetened condensed milk

60g butter

peppermint extract optional

Place a strip of foil to cover the base and up 2 sides of a 19cm x 29cm cake pan

In a large pan place chocolate , milk and butter, stir constrently over a low heat without boiling until smooth, or place in microwave on high for about 3 minutes. Stir in essence if using.

spread evenly into prepared pan, and place in the fridge to set before cutting into squares.

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Sat 8-Mar-14
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Thanks Eileen, and thanks for your idea, Hannah.  I hope all these suggestions have given you some ideas for you to make with your son, Vic.

Think I'm going to have a little play around with some of the ideas before I make up my mind.

Thanks everyone big_hug

learning to love veg…..except celery :-O

Sun 9-Mar-14
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Hi Vic - not sure if it could be of any help, but there's a Dad called Mark Northeast who has created some books in an attempt to persuade littl'uns to eat more foods.

This book is called Happy Food for Happy Children - I wonder if your son may benefit ...?

It looks like a fun book! laugh

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Thanks fr the recommendation of the book - it might help,  my only concern knowing him is that he can be too proud and possessive of his prize creation to then want to eat it - a problem we had with the cookie decorating kit we had at Christmas

Wed 19-Mar-14
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The Happy food for Happy Children arrived today,  on one hand it is ingenious all the different  things they make, but on the other they do look too good to eat,  more like toys. It is the sort of thing maybe to do as a one off for a party but it all looks as if it would take a long time  so not everyday food unless you have absolutely nothing else to do with your time  and don't mind a fair bit of waste in terms of offcuts.

Wed 19-Mar-14
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I might be speaking out of turn here, but, when I was a child and when my daughter was a child, the Mother cooked and what was produced was eaten by everyone - there was no multiple choice.

 

I'll try that again!

Thu 20-Mar-14
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My thoughts on this Vic, is that if it helps your young man to begin to try different foods, it may introduce him down the road of eating a more varied meal.

If it means oddments are left over, they can always go into a nourishing soup - once whizzed, he may not realise what has gone into it ... whistle

Hope it helps, though ...  ok

"How do you spell 'Love'?" (Piglet). 

"You don't spell it, you feel it" (Pooh).

 'A hug,' said Pooh 'is always the right size!' 

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I think both your comments are very valid,  only knowing my little boy I cannot see him wanting to eat a tomato and olive that have been made in to a ladybird. or sausage and mash where the sausage is a worm emerging  from the grass broccoli with the ground (mash) beneath. It all seems just a bit too twee with most of the recipes being sandwiches cut in to shapes and decorated and I do not want to find him refusing  to eat a cheese roll because I have not spent 20 minutes shaping it in to an elephant

The reality in our household is the food will be uneaten, just played with a bit  until put in the fridge  thus delaying the moment when it goes in to the food bin or the bull terrier.

He is actually very good at eating fruit,  it's the veg where he needs to try things whereas he claims not to like stuff he has never tried,  just like I did at his age!

The book may give me some ideas as a starting point

Fri 21-Mar-14
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TA, same happened with us, I can remember us being told we couldn't leave the table until we had eaten what was given to us. I think th choice children now get is half the problem, and once you've let them off with not eating something once, they are clever enough to know they can make it work a second time. - sorry Vic, but I see this with my grandchildren, I spend hours over cooking a meal, making something I know they like, only to find they've gone off it this week and won't eat, and then to make matters worse, the mum and dad just offer them more of what they do like...I get so angry.....by the way family are coming to tea on Sunday....

Fri 21-Mar-14
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Ah the joys of parenting - to be fair he is pretty good at eating up his meals as long as the portion is not too large.  He also respects and understands rules pretty well but given the opportunity will take liberties, so you are quite right that he needs to understand that if he has given up  on something then there isn't a nicer sweeter meal going to follow. On the whole he does  and if there are more tears before he gets it all the time then so be it - that was the way I was brought up and it is going to be the way he is aswell.  I just need to convince SWMBO to take a similarly tough line.

Where I do want to change from the way I was brought up is making sure he is not needlessly put off things,  I was totally put off certain foods in my childhood,  mostly by the awful school dinners which still leaves me with a phobia concerning mashed potato

Fri 21-Mar-14
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Vic, for me it was the smell of cabbage .... thumbs_down

However, I have got over that and now love cabbage - but I would say that broccoli is my favourite veg.

 

Getting back to 'chocolate' -

Tonight or tomorrow I plan to make a chocolate cake sandwiched together with chocolate fudge icing, surrounded by chocolate fingers, and piled high with Cadbury's goodies ..... it is our chocoholic-son's birthday. Hope he likes it! whistle

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But have we solved Sue's original problem? ponder

I'll try that again!

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