We recently celebrated the first anniversary of ‘Gotcha Day’ for our daughter so it seemed fitting to make a Chinese noodle stir-fry.
Onions, garlic, broccoli, carrots, egg, tofu and noddles tossed with Lee Kum Kee Vegetarian Stir Fry Sauce and a generous dollop of soy sauce for good measure. Kman decided he wanted to fry up some green beans and he cooked them to perfection, al dente, crisp and very green. Marinated tofu rounded out the meal nicely.
The Daughter Who Will Not Chew put on a rare display of displeasure at the bowl of chopped food I presented to her. Hmmmm. She looked around the table gravely, eyed what we had in our plates and then demanded that she be given un-chopped noodles. Can’t say I blame her because aren’t noodles fun? The thing is, giving her unchopped food is often an exercise in fear, as we all stare in muted anticipation wondering how the hell she gets stuff down without choking. Of course we must challenge her or else she’ll never learn what her teeth are for. You remember giving crusts to babies? They would gum them into a slimy mess because they were teething but that up-and-down motion is a precursor to chewing so when the teeth come in they already know what to do with them. Since our bird has 20 teeth and missed the chew-boat because of that bottle hanging out of her mouth for her first thirty months, she doesn’t get the point. That crust would just get stuffed in and swallowed whole.
So, the last time we let her have spaghetti without chopping it she sucked up those foot-long noodles like a trooper, and kept sucking and sucking so that her puffy cheeks actually started to go concave and her eyes became crossed and then we realized that at the same time she was sucking the noodles she was trying to swallow them whole. Imagine what the electrical cord on your vacuum cleaner looks like inside the machine when you press that button that makes it all roll up inside nicely? Well, she had a roll of spaghetti in her mouth and she was trying to swallow it while still sucking more noodles. When we realized what was happening T started pulling the noodles back out, hand over hand, until her mouth emptied out. She was so pissed. She’d rather choke than have food taken out of her mouth.
These noodles are much finer and less…structural than spaghetti so I gave her a bowlful with veggies and tofu. You can see by the pic that she got what she wanted.