OK, so if you don’t know what a monkey platter is, imagine a buffet of various foods, all on one plate – that’s what it is. It was named and devised by Sandra Dodd after she saw monkeys being fed in a similar way while she was at the zoo with her family.
I hadn’t really paid much attention to monkey platters until someone mentioned it on Facebook the other day and it got me thinking of how it might encourage the sausages to eat/try a wider variety of foods. Since beginning our unschooling of food 6 weeks ago, their appetite for Nutella has most definitely waned and they now seem at ease with the chocolate supplies (they can eat it whenever they want, and however much they want) so there is less gorging. Now we’re at a strange phase where they might be hungry but quite often they haven’t got a clue what they want to eat!
I was mulling over how if I combined the sausages into one, they would have the most perfect, balanced diet you could wish for – D eats a whole range of dishes but is very suspicious of new things, whereas M is very limited in what she eats but will try anything new put in front of her! As always… chalk and cheese :). So I thought a shared monkey platter might encourage them to look each other’s food choices and perhaps eat something different.
So when we got back from pottery class today, I didn’t even ask them if they were hungry, or what they wanted to eat, I just rustled up a few things with each girl in mind, put it all onto one plate and announced it with a ‘ooh, who wants to come and see what I’ve made?’. That was it. Gobbling for the next 10 minutes. The first thing D did was put a vegetarian frankfurter into her mouth and say ‘actually they’re quite nice’ (she’s been refusing to eat them forever) and M ate most of the chicken which I’d actually put out with D in mind and ate all of the peanut butter on toast! Wowsers. Next time I do one I will double the quantities I think.
Before… (corn on the cob, vegetarian frankfurters, breaded chicken, tuna mayonnaise and peanut butter on toast)
A great success, non?!
In other news… the sausages took great pleasure in beating me at Ludo this evening…
And apart from going to pottery today which they still LOVE, they were busy making birthday cards for their favourite Aunty S! M did an absolutely stunning collage with some fabric scraps that I bought her from Ebay but unfortunately I forgot to take a picture before sending it off. Ahh well, enjoy it Aunty S!