I'll translate the above menu and then tell you where it was served:
Smoked salmon with a chive cream
Guinea fowl with a white mushroom sauce
Profiteroles with chocolate sauce
Meal served with regular and country bread.
This was today's Christmas meal served at my 3-year-old's preschool. Even though I know we're here in France and I know food is a big thing, I couldn't help but look at this menu with widened eyes.
Smoked salmon? Guinea fowl? Where I come from, most kids don't even want the crusts on their sandwiches. But over here, toddlers don’t bat an eye when it comes to eating pâté or very ripe cheese. My own daughter loves duck confit!
However, I've discovered that even though the tastes of French children might surprise me at times, the basic problems of school lunches remain the same. In my case, the sad situation is as follows: My daughter refuses to eat the school lunch, no matter what is served. "It's not good," she insists. Sigh.
What most troubles me is the waste of food considering all of the starving children in the world (I know. I sound like my grandmother.). But it's true.
I've tried to convince my daughter that the cafeteria was "a restaurant." She looked at me like I had three heads. I've tried telling her that the yogurts served are the same as the ones at home. "Yeah right," her expressive eyes said. I've tried reading the menu as I drop her off for school and say "That sounds good! At home you eat potatoes like that." She only nodded emptily.
I’m still batting zero. But I'm actively investigating new techniques…