Women who think of food and eating when looking at babies or young children.

I don’t know what it is about babies and young children but they often inspire thoughts of food and eating among mothers. Often, you will overhear a mother call her young “lamb chops” or “pork chops” or perhaps even “muffin”. Once, I even read of a mother referring to her baby as “baba ghanoush”, a middle-eastern eggplant dip.

At our house, Amanda has been called everything from “fat cheeks” to “roast baby”; the first of many such food-sounding appellations starting at birth when her grandfather, my father, said her toes look like peanuts! So fond are we of relating her to food that I even devised a method of gauging her mental development by it.

When she was a baby, I’d go up to her and say, “Oh, you look so delicious. I could cook you up with carrots and peas and potatoes…” and she’d laugh and gurgle because she understood nothing. In her second year of life, I’d go up to her and say the same thing, but now on hearing my culinary plans for her, she’d burst into tears.

By the time she was three, she’d join in my ramblings of what I plan to do with her succulent flesh by saying in her then-squeaky voice, “Yes, and add broccoli and cauliflower and salt and pepper…” It didn’t seem to bother her that we were talking about cooking her up!

By the time she reached four, she said, “We’ll cook you up instead, mummy. Your flesh is more tasty and juicy.” By the time she reached five, she regarded me the way an adult does a senseless child and said, “Haven’t you enough of that already?”

Why mothers think of food when looking at babies.

Amanda, perfectly delectable as a 10 month old.


3 thoughts on “Women who think of food and eating when looking at babies or young children.

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  2. Correction to your title : It should be “Parents”, replacing “Women”. My husband, upon seeing her 1st ultrasound scan said she looked like a “mungbean”. Then when she was a newborn, and oftentimes whilst I was changing her nappy, he’ll tap on her folded knees/legs and said, “ooh, chicken wings”. She’s been our little “chu chu”, “siew yoke” and many more. (She’s born in the Year of the Golden Pig, hence siew yoke!)

    • It’s these cute little names we think up for our children that makes parenting more enjoyable, isn’t it? Amanda is already seven but I still remember the day HRH put her on the table, as a six-day-old newborn, and said, “Let’s add this baby to the food.”

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