For this weekend, they selected our dinner menu:
Mama Odie's Muffuletta Sandwich (from Tiana's Cookbook, chosen by Noelle)
Ingredients needed for the Muffuletta Spread: pimento-stuffed green olives, tomato, garlic, oregano, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and black pepper
Ingredients for the sandwich: Italian bread, olive oil, sliced baked ham, salami, provolone cheese, and swiss cheese
Items new or re-introduced to Noelle: green olives, tomato, swiss cheese, balsamic vinegar
Items new to Livia: green olives, swiss cheese
Swamp-Water Smoothie (from Tiana's Cookbook, chosen by Livia)
Ingredients needed: orange juice, nonfat yogurt, blueberries, frozen banana
Items new or re-introduced to Noelle: orange juice, blueberries
Items new to Livia: none (the combination is new though)
Sea Turtle Cookies (from the Mermaid Cookbook, chosen by Noelle)
Ingredients needed: pecans, caramels, milk chocolate chips, and candy decorations
Items new or re-introduced to Noelle: pecans
Items new to Livia: pecans (I think)
I made a point of having us all try each new item together with a count down. This seemed to get Noelle more willing to try the new item (even if there was some fuss). We also discussed the new ingredients in each item and why we shouldn't be afraid to try new things.
Mom's Reactions: I thought it tasted great and was easy to make. I'm thinking this might be a new method of getting Noelle to try new fruit flavors before I introduce her to actually eating them. Normally she would scoff at the notion of eating an actual blueberry. Maybe there is hope. ;-) I'm also not a fan of yogurt so this was something 'new' for me to try. I'll be making these again with the kids.
Overall success: Win-win
Overall success: Mostly Win-Win
Overall success: Kids ate pecans for the first time with no problems, but was too much of a PITA to make again.
And that was the experiment for week 1. If anybody has any hints or tips related to this week's food experimenting, I'll be glad to listen.