As I mentioned in the last post (cue flashback visual), Sidney is now eating baby food in addition to his formula. Relevant to this (and to set up this week's humor), I have decided that I will try anything I am going to give Sindey first, partly because I am an over-protective father, but mostly because I want to know the likelihood he is going to spit something out so I can prepare (read: dive for cover). Let’s face it, if an adult is so repulsed by the flavor of something that it almost goes flying, there is a high probability the wee one is going to be nonplussed and pull a Vesuvius circa 79 CE (we save Krakatoa analogies for explosions out the other end). For those unfamiliar with baby food, it is usually described as being simply “pureed” food. Although this coveys the consistency decently, flavor is another matter. You see, most people season their food, and there are no seasonings in baby food. It is naked food, if you will (and in front of the children no less!) We’ve been at this for a few weeks now, so I have sampled a decent variety of the infant offerings made by the various purveyors of fine baby dining (the names of the innocent, and guilty, have been omitted ... mostly because I don't keep track of who makes what). But, given my hobbies as a Scotch aficionado, amateur oenologist, and general food snob, I could not help but keep notes (go with it people, work with me here) on the gustatory profiles of the different meals we have given Sidney. So, without further set-up blathering, my blathering about baby food:
1) Bananas: This tastes like the essence of banana. Smooth, distinct fruit notes, clean finish. Varietals include bananas and berries (the berries are present breifly at the introduction, give way to the banana, but return for a hint at finish), bananas and pineapple (the slight tang of the pineapple finishes on the palate) and bananas, apples and oatmeal (don’t ask, but it works). Dad’s reaction: Mmm, bananas. Sindey’s reaction: eager consumption.
2) Apples: It’s apple sauce, but smoother. Varietals include apples and berries (the berries are forefront, give a broader sweetness), apples and pears (the pears and apples complement, but there is a distinct pear finish) and apples and insert random fruit of choice. In fact, lets just leave fruits, because pretty much the answer is “it tastes like that fruit.” Dad’s reaction: OK, fruit, I get it. Sindey’s reaction: eager consumption.
3) Sweet potatoes: Consistency is softer than sweet potato mash, but firmer than the fruits. Muted sweetness gives way to a bland finish. Dad’s reaction: needs brown sugar. Sindey’s reaction: I’ll eat it so long as I am really hungry.
4) Squash: Firmer than the last entry, but no sweetness to be had. Not quite bland, but close enough. Squash flavor is identifiable, but not dominant. Dad’s reaction: needs butter and salt. Sidney’s reaction: We’re done after 5 spoonfuls; where’s that formula bottle?
5) Peas: peas. That’s all I got; peas. Dad’s reaction: peas. Sidney’s reaction: pass.
6) Green beans: Nightmares from youth revisited. Canned, vaguely metallic introduction followed by hints of rubber, shrubbery and despair. Dad’s reaction: But I don’t wannnnnt green beans. Sidney’s reaction: Vesuvius.
7) Ham in ham gravy: The first of our meats, unfortunately, instead of pureeing ham they appear to have described ham to a first generation food replicator and packaged the result. All of the flavors you would use to describe ham are present, but are somehow horribly wrong. The best I can say is it looks like pink sludge and tastes only slightly better. Dad’s reaction: Vesuvius. Sindey’s reaction: not happening people. Not. Happening.
8) Rice and lentils: Upon opening one is assaulted by the smell of weeds, and it just goes down hill from there. Dad’s reaction: this tasted like mowing the lawn smells. Sidney’s reaction: I’m not stupid, I saw his face. Good day. I said good day!
9) Chicken and corn: pleasant on the nose, hints of chicken and corn, gently sweet background. Finishes savory. Dad’s reaction: not bad. Sidney’s reaction: OK, I’ll eat this, but there better be fruit for breakfast tomorrow.
10) Sweet Corn Chowder. Immediate corn nose, initial sweet notes give way to a complex but hearty corn body, slightly rough finish. Dad’s reaction: eager consumption. Sidney’s reaction: why is Dad eating my food?
Depending on the reaction to this entry, I may share further tasting notes. Management takes no responsibility for any independent tasting undertaken by you after reading the above. Your mileage may vary.