A few months ago I was invited to an event where I met a like minded mother that really stood out to me. Simone Emery is the genius behind Play With Food, education and help for parents who are struggling to get real food in to their kids. Totally aligned with Dandelion Nutrition, right!
Simone offers workshops and online courses which ‘are a unique offering to carers who may be exasperated trying to get their children to try fruits, vegetables, meats or anything other than a chicken nugget’.
Her information is spot on, easy to follow recipes, some gorgeous tips and materials to help fussy eaters. Education for parents is the key, and Simone is very encouraging and passionate about her work.
Thank you Simone for sharing your ideas and passion and especially for being inspiring to the rest of us parents
How old are your children?
I have two girls – nearly 3 and nearly 5.
What is your food philosophy for your child?
Variety is a very good thing!
What inspires you to feed your child the way you do?
My work in feeding therapy means I put a strong emphasis on environment, variety, language tools and developing self-help skills.
What tips have you got for travelling families?
So many! It’s a real love of mine. My biggest tip is to find a portable routine. A way to get ready for a new task that you can do each and every time despite wherever you are.
What are your 3 top snacks?
I love the ease of fresh fruit and vegetables. I am all about keeping it super simple. We are loving stone fruit, capsicum strips and green beans for easy afternoon teas at the moment. Oh and lychees (can I have 4?)
How do you look after yourself as well as your child?
Getting “unplugged” works wonders for us. We do craft, reading books together and visiting the parks. Dropping everything and having a cuddle and read a good picture book recharges me so much as well as the girls.
What brings balance to your family?
Travel and time with just the 4 of us.
What is your favourite activity to do together as a family?
We cook together very regularly. We also love turning up the music for a dance while my husband plays guitar along with the tunes.
Do you have a favourite inspirational quote that lights up your life?
“there is always something to be grateful for”
Find Simone on instagram: @playwithfood_au
Facebook: Play with foodaustralia
Here’s a very different recipe from S
- 1 Full Jap Pumpkin (see note above about pumpkin varieties to use – This recipe is based on the cavity being approximately 1 cup in size)
- 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 3 Tbsp Basmati Rice
- 1 Very Ripe Pear, peeled and cubed to about 1cm x 1cm (about ½ a cup
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon or All Spice (depending on your flavour preference)
- Cut the lid off of the pumpkin and scoop the seeds out of the middle
- Preheat the oven to 180oC
- Prepare a baking tray
- Rub the inside of the hollowed out pumpkin with the brown sugar
- In a small bowl combine the egg, rice, pear, vanilla and cinnamon.
- Add this to the inside of the pumpkin and top up with milk.
- Bake for at least 1hr (checking to see when the pumpkin is cooked through and the filling has also cooked through). Use a skewer to check the pumpkin is cooked.
- Allow to cool slightly before cutting into wedges to allow the rice pudding to fully set.
- Optional (but highly recommended): Serve with icecream :p