This is for my little sister, Qiao, who turns 11 tomorrow.
In the last year or so, I've been tasked with teaching Qiao how to cook and bake. My hope is that she'll get over her pickiness and be able to appreciate a wide array of foods other than fruit, rice, pasta with orange sauce, and sweets. If anything, I hope she has fun; even if she isn't all that enthused with the end result. On my part, I need to learn how to let her do more steps on her own and assume the role of actual instructor versus exasperated older sister who takes over halfway through.
My mom likes that she doesn't have to fight with Qiao about what to eat for a few days. I'd want a break from that too as it's slightly painful to watch her eat. First, she serves herself rather reluctantly; picking through the food and holding up the line. Then, she'll sit and eat for sometimes up to an hour. Often times, it's more sitting and moving food around than actual eating. I can't imagine what being a picky eater feels like. According to my family, I'd be the last one at the table because I was still eating more food. One of our many opposing traits.Read More