Taste Less – Tues 24th Nov 2015

By | November 24, 2015

On the whole, T is doing really well in year 8, homework could be attempted with a bit more enthusiasm and care but I remember being his age and not particularly liking homework (those were the days etc).

One topic he is having trouble with is Food Tech – that’s Home Economics or Cooking – because he has a very limited range of foods he will eat, due to his sensory issues.

It’s all about the smell and texture for T.  Anything h-o-t or w-e-t is out, so it’s mostly the dry h-a-r-d foods that he eats and enjoys.  (I’ve done the -.-.- etc so as not to attract strange results in search engines)

We have tried to get him to taste more variety but it’s not gone down well and caused way more anxiety (for him) than any potential benefits would bring.  

Any “what would you like for tea?” questions are met with “the usual” and that’s how we roll.  One meal for him, another for D and then another for Hubbie and I.

We’re both of the opinion that, hopefully one day he’ll want to give something new a try because he wants to and that will invariably open up a whole new world of tastes and textures, but it has to be on his terms.

Anyway, homework.  He doesn’t complete his food tech homework (which is an evaluation) because he doesn’t want to try the food.  Which is a shame because he’s prepared it.

It’s almost as if he’s thinking “well, I don’t want to try it, so therefore I can’t do the homework” and he doesn’t bring the finished product home on the day either because he just has no interest in it.  It falls to Hubbie or I to collect it because a) I want the container back and b) it’s not cheap, T making a lemon cheesecake type dessert from scratch, cream and all.

So, that’s our dilemma.  I’ve kept the school updated but it’s a very grey area for T, whereas he’s a very “black and white, no detour” thinker.

The thing we are extremely proud of though is that at least he’s having a go, actually doing the cooking (or food tech), because it’s with those very textures and smells that he really doesn’t like (chopping and preparing meat, making sauces etc).   That’s a pretty big achievement in our eyes, even if he really does not like the end result.

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Catie: Imperfect Mum on 25th November 2015 at 11:56 am.

I sometimes wonder about the value of some activities and the relevance for our children. I can see the value of learning to cook but not the value of him making things that he will never taste. If I was his teacher I would be having a rethink. But well done D for actually doing this activity at all!


Jeannette on 25th November 2015 at 12:58 pm.

Absolutely agree, I’m so proud of him for participating. Am 95% sure that he won’t be choosing these classes as an option (!), which is shame but he’s done well 🙂


over40andamumtoone on 25th November 2015 at 7:00 pm.

It’s very impressive that he will actually face textures and smells he doesn’t like to cook them, just a shame he won’t try them. Hopefully one day his tastes will broaden x


Jeannette on 25th November 2015 at 7:56 pm.

Thank you, I hope so. But it will have to be in his own time and in his own way. It was yummy, we had it (risotto) for tea tonight 🙂


Silly Mummy on 25th November 2015 at 11:53 pm.

I agree it is great that he is willing to participate and make the food. I seem to recall that my school tended to let kids make different things if there was some reason that they would not or could not eat the food being made – that seems a bit more sensible to me as they were then learning to make food they could actually eat, which is probably more useful as a life skill! #SSAmazingAchievements


Jeannette on 26th November 2015 at 5:13 pm.

That would be a much better option for him, he’d be more engaged with the whole process too. Thanks 🙂


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