I like potatoes. I like cheese. I like broccoli (really, I do). I like cheese on broccoli. So when I saw the baby food jar labeled 'Potato Broccoli and Cheese Casserole,' I thought it sounded like a good idea. Let me start by saying that each of the girls had at least one flavour of baby food that made them gag. For the older two, it was peas. Once they were old enough to eat real peas, they loved them. But the pureed variety - not so much. CeCe has had a few flavours that she is not that fond of, but nothing that she absolutely couldn't stand. Well, I found it. I gave her a spoonful of the 'casserole' and she proceeded to gag and sputter. Hmm. I gave her a few spoonfuls of cereal and then I thought I'd try again. Maybe she was just choking. No. Again the gagging and heaving. Enough said. I brought out some fruit and all was well. I guess I was an adult before I liked broccoli, so we'll see. Maybe once she is onto more solid food she will like it. Maybe she'll be like her sisters and not like it.
Let me tell you about one of the first times I ate broccoli. The year was 1999. Julie and I had just started dating and she lived in LaRonge at the time. I went up to see her for a weekend and she cooked for me. Now my idea of vegetables at that time were peas and corn. Well, she made a stir-fry with all sorts of things that scared me half to death - broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, carrots, zucchini. What was I going to do? Here was this girl that I really liked and wanted to impress, yet every fibre of my being told me I wasn't going to like this. One rule my Dad had always impressed on me as a child was that when you are at someone else's house, you eat what's on the table. So, sweaty palms and all, I bit the bullet. And it was actually good. I was shocked and impressed all at once. Who knew? To this day, that is one of my favourite things. Later.