The other day I made some pureed potatoes (mashed nothing-but-potatoes, you might call them) and sat Monkey in her high chair, excited to introduce her to this wonderful comfort food . But she wasn't a fan, making a face at the first bite and definitively refusing the second.
I was pretty surprised by her reaction at first. I mean, who doesn't love a potato? Then I tasted what was in her bowl and it was terrible--bitter almost to the point of being metallic. Who could love that sort of a potato?
Babies often have a reputation for being picky eaters, but some of what we expect them to eat is frankly unappetizing. A gray slurry of overcooked chicken and peas? No, thank you. Maybe in some cases babies aren't being picky so much as discerning. And maybe a good approach, going forward, is for me not to expect Monkey to eat anything that I wouldn't eat myself.
As for the potatoes, I guess I'll try to salvage them for my own dinner--an undertaking that I'd wager will involve lots of butter. Then I'll make another batch of puree (I used a russet potato for this ill-fated attempt--maybe a waxy potato would work better?) and try once again to convince Monkey of the wonder that is the spud.