My philosophy for baby food is derived directly from my philosophy for my food: Store food sucks. Avoid it whenever possible.
Thus, Charlie's food so far has consisted of whatever we happen to have around that can be pureed beyond recognition. Beets, applesauce, pear sauce, stewed prunes, bananas, oatmeal, squash, sweet potatoes, egg yolks, yogurt, chicken, lamb, venison . . . As these things appear in the kitchen, they get thrown in the food processor and fed to Charlie. The only things he has so far been not too crazy about are the sweet potatoes and squash. Which is kind of weird, because most babies love those sweet orange vegetables.
Oh, and the venison took some getting used to, because even when obliterated in the food processor, it was still a little too textured at first bite for him. He got used to it, though, and eventually ate it with gusto.
In fact, Charlie seems to be quite the fan of protein. So when we cooked one of the three Atlantic salmon randomly provided to us by Mr. Jason a few days ago--because you know Mr. Jason is all about the random fish supplies--I figured I could puree some of the leftover fish for Charlie.
So I did. And then I tasted it, because another part of my baby food philosophy is to not feed my kids anything I wouldn't eat myself.
It tasted really gross to me.
Freshwater fish always has a slight flavor of iodine to me, and that flavor seemed to be more pronounced. I don't know if it was the pureeing or the fact that it was leftover or what, but no way would I have eaten that.
But since I have a very sensitive palate and a lot of the time when I taste something off it's not noticeable to anyone else, I figured it wouldn't hurt to let Charlie make up his own mind about it. So I fed it to him. And, shockingly, he ate it with no hesitation whatsoever. Quite a lot of it, in fact.
I shouldn't be too surprised, since Cubby will readily eat things that I want no part of (LIVER--GROSS), and I'm glad my children aren't inheriting my food prejudices.
It did make Charlie smell like cat food for awhile, though.