It seems the fancier the cafe, the stupider kids meals become.
My family of foodies just love trying new cafes and we get especially giddy when we’ve spotted a potential new fave – a trendy looking establishment with all the activated ingredients and locally produced organic coffee, because isn’t that the thing these days?
And then they bring the kids meals out and we’re like, wow. Yeah, nah. Look. We get your target market isn’t a child but how in the world did you expect a kid to eat this dang thing?
A ham and cheese toastie on tooth-breaking ciabatta bread is not child friendly. It’s wanky.
Try soft toast, some shaved ham and good quality melted cheese. And don’t overdo it with the butter on the outside before toasting because greasy and oily and unnecessary.
A kids burger on ulcer-inducing rock-hard bread buns too tall to bite into is not only impossible for a child to eat, it’s awkward and scary and daunting. And it will be left behind on that plate. And not because the child wasn’t hungry but because the child hated it.
Try a soft bun, an edible size quality beef patty and minimal ingredients ensuring the child can actually hold it. You watch – it will be eaten.
Bland, flavourless, poached, chicken breast strips might seem like you are doing something good for our kids’ health, but for the love of salt, add some. Or at least serve it with some tomato sauce.
Try making the chicken tasty. If we’ve ordered grilled or poached chicken, we obviously want it for our children, but not if it’s so bland it’s inedible. A bit of marination never hurt anyone, yo.
And if we order the crumbed variety of chicken, the strips should be crumbed lightly and easily chewed and swallowed. Hard, chewy chicken strips are not child (or adult) friendly. Derr.
Try actually pan-frying and not deep-frying the crumbed chicken. Chicken should be soft, tender and without the threat of a choking hazard.
Some quick tips:
- A side of fresh carrot and celery sticks are great to add to any kids meal, particularly if you have the traditional “fried varieties” on your menu i.e. nuggets and chips
- It does not hurt to have colouring books and crayons on hand particularly if you want our children to be quiet (and we know you do. Don’t lie)
Are you sick of unfriendly kids meals? Do you have any pet-peeves?All comments read, appreciated and responded to. So thank you x