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  1. Somewhat off topic but a corn dog is basically a hot dog dipped in donut batter and deep fried, a weird sweet version of a battered sausage.
    It is not good.

  2. Jon……that sounds amazing……

  3. M&S has a new children’s food range (well new to me). They have teddy bear shaped breaded ‘chicken’. In my mind I could hear Jamies sobbing.

  4. No, I don’t think it’s good to ‘disguise’ food like this Spud. Chicken is a chicken is a chicken. Except when it’s not.

  5. Do you know, I was speaking to a taxi driver this morning who has just been diagnosed with diabetes; and he was telling me his brother-in-law’s three children, all of them just diagnosed with diabetes. Now it’s part of casual taxi talk, as it slips into the acceptable or rather the not-shocking-anymore category. But it IS shocking!

  6. Nice post Jacqui, although I’m wondering if you’ve often fed kids. They’re so fussy, and I’m not convinced that a few waffles and novelty-shaped, reformed chicken meat will actually do them much harm. My nephew eats only rubbish (waffles, nuggets, spaghetti hoops) and seems a very happy healthy kid.

  7. Interesting response foodface! The waffle/nuggets/spaghetti hoops diet is not recommended – while a kid may be happy and healthy now it is not teaching healthy habits, the impact of which may take many years to become evident.

  8. I dont believe that children ARE fussy, parents MAKE them fussy.
    I completely disagree with feeding children separately from the adults, as seems to be the norm in Ireland.
    We have always eaten as a family and my kids will eat almost anything. They have one or two pet hates each, but that is OK. Didn’t eat tomatoes and olives when I was a child and love them now.
    The number 1 rule is, that everything has to be tried, if they don’t like it they don’t have to eat it, but it is surprising how much they acutally like once they have tried it.
    I don’t buy waffles, nuggets and so on. The only time my kids get junk like this, is when they eat at a friend’s house or maybe twice a year at McDonalds.
    They are happy and healthy kids, too!

  9. im sorry foodface but that type of parenting is just unacceptable and ridiculous.

    Kids will eat whats put in front of them, if there used to eating that processed crap yes it might take awhile. but when they get hungry the will eat.

    AND how do u think it wont do “much harm to them” have you seen the statistics. 1 in every 5 irish children are obese.

    Its doing plenty of harm. Parents need to be educated. Feeding children crap food is child abuse and theres no excuse. fresh food is much cheaper.

    You cant see that childs insides, and anyway how is that food teaching to child good nutrition. Thats why we have this cycle of bad eating past down from each generation. That child might grow up and will only know who to put on a frozen pizza. Is that right??

  10. I don’t know, he eats yogurt too 🙂 That’s healthy right? Not every kid is going to be obese just because they’re a fussy eater.

  11. We all eat the same, and have pretty much once we got our kids off the liquidised gloop as babies. We all eat curries, couscous, stews, chips and breaded fish (occasionally), home made together pizzas, roast chickens, vegeburgers, spaghetti, chillis etc and we generally eat together. Every kid goes through a stubborn phase, think it was about 2 or so, son would only eat bread and cheese! but we got him around it. Not keen on some veggies, but he must eat 3 peas, 3 small carrots, 3 of whatever veg, and if asked if it’s yeuchy he says no! Main key is do not let them break you down!! and reward good eating with smoothies, they love those and they’re good for them! Equally though when introducing something new, do it gently and keep it simple. A junk diet is just that, it’s awful to see some gorgeous little kids in Junior Infants turn into blobs by 1st class…

  12. Hi Foodface – I’ve just read your comment. I wouldn’t write about trying to feed kids unless I spent alot of time feeding them! I have a step-daughter aged 11, and also look after 2 boys aged 7 and 9. Eating only rubbish is simply not acceptable – waffles, reformed chicken, spagehtti hoops. In moderation, yes, but not all the time and not even most of the time. Yes, your nephew IS probably healthy now, but he is still growing, and the blueprint for his FUTURE health and habits is now being set. It is being set, specifically, by the adults around him, who must teach him good habits.
    I really agree that parents make their children fussy, and if you educate their palate from a very young age, then they will pretty much eat anything. Have you seen what is in those chicken nugget things? None of the nice parts of the chicken, all of the gunky bits, and its meat too that has been stuffed full of antibiotics. This really drives me crazy, when I see children innocently eating what is being put in front of them, when it is patently not good for them.
    That said, I really, really sympathise with parents who are finding it challenging to feed a picky child. They just have to persevere. The boys I was looking after simply would not eat anything else, and in the end I had to talk to their parents. I hated myself for giving them bad food like this everyday, and came to realise that they weren’t to blame, because ‘they wouldn’t eat anything else’, but I was to blame, and the parents were to blame. It is laziness to not feed your children properly – and I have been guilty of it too.

  13. Unfortunately from what I see most fussy kids leave in a household with fussy parents…They feed them junk separately, them eat their own later or just crisps and beer/wine on the couch, while watching telly. They don’t like to cook, don’t know how and don’t feel like learning. So much nice, cheap food on the supermarket fridges, why bother?
    Bring on health education in schools, they have to be taught young!

  14. Jacqueline – I feed my kids chicken nuggets the very odd time. I can’t help it, they are always begging to go to McDonalds for them. We have a really healthy diet (even our own eggs!!!) but my children are a bit obsessed with chicken nuggets since their school friend had a party there a few months ago. I think they seem ok though…I feel very guilty because I do agree with you. It’s hard though

  15. @Siobhan, why don’t you get the kids to help you make you’re own chicken nuggets? I must admit, I do it the lazy way and buy the tubs of Paxo breadcrumbs, put a few spoons into a bowl with some spices and just add the chopped up chicken to it and mix it around and pop them in the oven. But you can also do it by chopping up the chicken, cover in flour, dip into beaten egg and then breadcrumbs. Bit messier but worth it!