BABY

How to wean?

horse.jpgThe other day I went to an Italian pharmacy (admittedly in a little village lost in the mountains of Liguria). They were selling baby food, and, as my youngest is getting closer and closer to the weaning age I was interested to see what they had to offer…. And the answer is, I kid you not: horse meat.
A happy smiling horse all mashed up, ready to feed a 4-month-old! Too funny, and who knows, maybe it’s the horse meat at a very young age that has earned Italian men the reputation of Italian Stallions??
With my eldest daughter I got slightly fixated with what she should eat first. We had just moved to France and I couldn’t find any of the products recommended in my UK books and I was going crazy. I could not find rice porridge as described in the books and I did not have a blender as we were in a temporary flat. I remember spending hours mashing up green beans with a fork and trying to grind rice with a coffee grinder to make rice porridge.
In the end, my friend Mary unwittingly took care of it. Mary had the great idea of feeding my daughter, who had until then literally only had breast milk, chocolate ice cream while she was taking care of her.
Honestly, you should have seen my face when she told me. Cream, sugar, raw eggs and I don’t know what else as her first ever meal?!?!?! My books definitely did not mention that approach. I could have killed her! But the kid survived and funnily enough she still LOVES chocolate and also LOVES my friend Mary!
I kind of relaxed about the whole weaning thing after that, so maybe I will try out the horse meat on number 2, even though that is not mentioned in any of my books either….

-Emilie


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Courtney
August 4, 2008

That’s hilarious! Gosh, I couldn’t imagine eating horse, let alone feed it to my 4-,month-old!


Esther
August 4, 2008

It would be weird in the Netherlands, but in Belgium horse meat is pretty acceptable. I say, when in Rome, do as the Romans do! 🙂


Emilie
August 4, 2008

Absolutely agree with you, here in France they also eat horse meat…. can’t say I have tried it though!


Michela
August 4, 2008

I’m not too fond of horse meat, but I have tried it a few times. It’s full of iron and pretty lean, so good for kids. Horses are also totally immune to toxoplasmosis so very safe in pregnancy. But I understand that people may not be too keen on it. I never feed horse meat to my kids, yet.
You can even find Oistrich baby pots!


Mary
August 4, 2008

Last time you let me baby sit, even for five minutes while you run to the bathroom, eh Emilie?
Let them eat horse. Er, I mean ice cream.
Mary


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Heidi
August 5, 2008

Yuck! I would not feed that to my baby. How do we find out who won the swaddling blanket?


Emilie
August 5, 2008

yep, you got that straight, no more babysitting for you!


Steph
August 5, 2008

I was horrified when I saw horse in Italy in the baby section and remember running frantically around the supermarket trying to find my mother-in-law and husband to tell them about it. They didn’t believe me until I showed them! I don’t really like horses but I wouldn’t be keen on eating them either.


Tina
August 5, 2008

having grown up on a horse farm – I hope my child will some day be fond of horses, but not this way! Please tell me this isn’t incorporated into the menu of that nice Italian baby hotel featured the other day!


Emilie
August 5, 2008

I am sure it isn’t. I found this jar in a little tiny village lost in time in the middle of nowhere in the Italian mountains. I am sure you can get this jar in other places, but I was showing it to my Italian family and they had never heard of horse meat for kids before either. That being said, also here in France it is not unheard of to have horse meat. You even have specialised horse meat butchers, recognizable by the golden horse head hanging over the door way.


Michela
August 5, 2008

Italians, and french, do even eat rabbits!
and yes, you can find rabbit in baby jar.


August 6, 2008

That grosses me out. I can’t even handle buying other pureed meats in jars.


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