Dec
13
2008

  Caviar On Eggs Won't Spoil Children

I made some new potatoes with creme fraiche and caviar the other day (another good recipe from Nourishing Traditions), and had some leftover caviar. The next morning Terry offered to make omelets, and as he was making them I heard him exclaim that he had an idea to make them really good. When he came back with the finished omelets (he has become quite good at making omelets, they are always light and delicious), they were each covered with a generous helping of caviar. Deee-licious.

We were joking that our kid is going to grow up thinking that caviar is a household staple (since it sort of is around here, although I stock the inexpensive kind that's under $10). And we'd have to explain before he* goes on his first sleepover that if they feed him eggs for breakfast under no circumstances would he be allowed to ask, "but where's the caviar?"

Coincidentally, the next time I went to the library a book called The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids, and I figured I'd better check it out. To find out if Terry and I should deprive our child of caviar for its own good.

Surprisingly, caviar was not mentioned anywhere in the book. I interpret that as evidence that whether a child gets caviar or not does not cause problems for America's youth.

Although the author would frown upon using caviar as a reward or motivational device--for example, if I told the child, "If you get an A on your math test, then you can have caviar for a snack." Per the book, this would be wrong on a number of levels. First, one shouldn't worry about grades themselves, only about the effort the student puts into learning. So to correct that I'd have to say, "If you study diligently for your math test, then you can have caviar for a snack." But there remains the other problem, that the offer of a reward for studying teaches the child to work for things for rewards, instead of working for things because they are internally motivated. And I'm not sure how to rephrase my statement to incorporate that concept.

Ok I can't help but comment!

Ok I can't help but comment! Caviar is AMAZING source of Omega-3 for little ones! We (Russians) grew up eating it every day for breakfast. My mom used to make us eat this stuff with a spoon and that is EXACTLY what I do with my kids. Every morning, two teaspoons of red caviar (black is not kosher) for each of my kids. So the only thing about eating it every day, I can't stand it! It is gross for me, but my kids love it!
One more thing, you should not have any while pregnant. Ask your doctor, but from what I know, it spoils very fast and pregnant women are at a higher risk of getting sick. Check with your dr! :-)

I was appalled by the list

I was appalled by the list of things pregnant women weren't supposed to eat, so I did ask my doctor about that in the beginning. Basically, if I routinely ate things on the "banned" list but have never gotten sick from them before, I could continue to eat them, but I shouldn't try anything new on the list that I'd never had before since it might make me sick but I wouldn't know until it was too late. The only thing on the list that has made me sick in the past was some bad sushi, so I've given up all sushi and seaweed as a precaution, but other than that I haven't had to adjust my normal diet since I generally eat healthy food anyway.

But I didn't realize caviar went bad quickly, so I'll make sure Terry and I eat it all in one day next time (that won't be a hardship, we love the stuff).

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