Organisation - February 17, 2010

Choosy eaters

If children are allowed to choose what to eat, they would go for fries, pancake and pizza every day. But if their parents want them to eat vegetables as well, they want to choose these too, postulated PhD student Gertrude Zeinstra.

Chicken casserole
To get children to eat something they don't like is not easy. Rational considerations such as health hardly play any part. A heaped spoonful of apple compote on top of vegetables is a time-tested strategy which usually works. Given the chance to choose their veggies, children would use their own reasoning. Brown spots, for example, are a no-no; veggies cooked to a snot aren't particularly popular either. I too was a choosy eater before; in particular, my plate has to look nice. But after I had finished transforming my plate into a culinary painting, everything had become cold and hard; even the most seasoned Burgundian would be turned off. This chicken casserole has been well-received, and also - importantly - the peas disappear like snow in the sun. ® Arianne van Leeuwen

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Ingredients for four persons:
400 grams chicken fillet
3 onions, in shreds
2 apples, in cubes
1 banana, in slices
100 grams raisins, soaked in water
5 ginger balls
3 tablespoon ginger syrup
1 tablespoon ketjap manis
4 pineapple slices, cut up
1 tablespoon pineapple juice
1 teaspoon curry powder
50 grams butter
salt and pepper

Cut the chicken into pieces and sprinkle these with salt and pepper. Heat the butter in a frying pan and fry the chicken pieces till golden brown. Take the chicken out of the pan and place on a dish. Sauté the finely chopped onion with curry powder in the remaining oil. Then add the apple cubes, raisins, finely sliced ginger, ginger syrup, ketjap, pineapples and the pineapple juice. Allow these to stew for 10 minutes. Just before the end of this period, add the banana slices. Pour the mixture over the chicken. This dish is delicious with peas, cucumber and mashed potatoes.