Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Is he going to be a vegetarian?

On Tuesday nights, Aaron usually has quinoa with steamed egg. Today, I thought I would try to add a little more nutrition to his dinner.

We're basically vegetarian's here because I don't like buying beef/pork that has been hanging up in the stall all day long. We don't eat chicken either because of the Bird Flu. I think its OK for Richard and me to be mainly vegetarian but Aaron is a growing little boy. We do have fish and in the past, I've also bought frogs. They are a good source of lean white meat and tastes almost like chicken. Aaron has had fish and frogs before. No problems.

Tonight, I added frog to his dinner for that added nutrition. He had a few bites of it and didn't say anything. Then, I made the mistake of saying something like "Ah, you like the frogs".

He just looked straight at me and I could see the horror in his little boy eyes. I think images of the frogs I've shown him must have been flashing through his mind. He might have also been thinking of the game we were playing today where we were jumping around like crazy frogs. It was also today that I taught him to go around saying "Ribbit! Ribbit!"

Immediately after that, he seemed to spontaneously throw up the previous mouthful he had just swallowed. He didn't make a big deal of it but every subsequent mouthful was screened and the frogs, no matter how mashed up I made them, were spat out.

He's never reacted this way to food before. Tomorrow I'm going to try fish and just to see if he's horrified at eating animals, I'll let him know towards the end of the meal that its fish.

Here are a couple of photos from my trip to the market to get the extremely fresh frogs.

9 comments:

Bilbo said...

Frogs legs are a delicacy here in America as well as in Europe. In America, they're usually breaded and deep fried, whereas in Europe, they're generally sauteed in white wine, garlic, and herbs (and are much more tasty). When my daughter was little, she couldn't eat enough plates of frog legs (which were fairly expensive)... but when she was a teenager, you couldn't PAY her to believe she'd ever have eaten anything as gross as frog legs. Too bad her tastes changed too late to save me all the money I spent on those frog legs when she was little...

John said...

Personally, I enjoy meat. However I know many very healthy vegans.

I never really understood the difference between vegetarian and vegan--it's like vegetarian and really vegetarian. What's up with somebody that says they're vegetarian but still eat chicken or fish? One comedian says that he's a vegetarian...but he still eats beef and a little pork!

Kellan said...

Cute story AManda! I don't blame him for throwing up the frogs - tee hee! I could eat them if I didn't know what they were but not if I knew. And if I saw them sitting on the counter at a restaurant - NOPE! Have a good day - see you later. Kellan

Jean-Luc Picard said...

I think there are always certain meat dishes that many would not want to eat, like venison, rabbit and frog.

Nap Warden said...

Wow, you are out of my league on this one. I have never had frog. Love the pics though!

MamaGeek said...

NO WAY. Being a vegetarian myself, seeing those frogs makes me a bit queasy! :)

zero_zero_one said...

I'm not saying that there aren't restaurants in the UK where you couldn't get frogs legs, but they must be really few and far between.

I don't think they are seen as a delicacy in the UK... But then neither is kangaroo, and I ate that at an international market that was in Liverpool just before Christmas and it was delicious!

PS - at least Aaron, if he has decided this, has come to this decision by himself. When my cousin was three he had a nursery teacher who flat out told the class that eating animals was wrong, and that put him off meat for years.

Amanda said...

Ah! Many varied responses to the frogs legs. I was a little worried that all of you would just find it too gross.

I wonder why frogs legs are considered a delicacy though. The Chinese see them that way too but they really taste almost the same as chicken or sometimes a really tough fish. Maybe its because you really have to go out and catch them instead of just rearing them.

zero_zero_one, I came across Kangaroo in a menu once but left it to my friend to order it and I just had a taste. You're right...they are delicious!

Natalie Dickey said...

i wouldn't even know where to begin to "clean" a frog. I have eaten and enjoyed fried frog legs but i do think that it would horrify my daughter. my dad tried to get her to try squirril and she couldn't make herself.