A few years ago, I came across a wonderful soul by the name of Jules Blaine Davis. She opened my eyes and expanded the way I came to look at food in terms of presentation. This all was happening right on the cusp of the new phenomenon of food grams. Her vision was not about perfecting your layout but about opening your fruits and vegetables and laying them out across a wood board. The idea is once food is peeled, cut, sliced, broken and opened it becomes inviting, welcoming hands and mouths around to taste these beautiful foods. I noticed how true this was in our home, sort of along the principal of out of site out of mind. We always have this bountiful bowl of fruit on the kitchen table. It is a spectacular assortment of flavors and colors. However, other than my daughter no one reaches for a single bit unless it is offered, cut and placed in front of them. I started to understand that this concept of opening meant there was much more eating. Jules also suggested to just do it, no questions about being hungry or what would you like because most the time it is not what you want to hear, nor your ideal choices or simply to busy to think about food.
We have fully incorporated this concept into our lives. Several times a day my family is eating off a wood board. It starts in the morning, so instead of asking I am still giving choices, but they are by site and taste; then they can decide to eat it or not. Usually most of it is gobbled down. For breakfast we open boiled eggs, there are slivers of toast, goat cheese, almond butter, apples, peaches, ricotta. If its cold we do oatmeal in a small bowl and on the wood board is a selection of toppings. You can get creative. On the weekends we do granola and yogurt bowls, all the fruits seeds and nuts are open on the wood board. After school snacks are another great way to introduce the wood board, share it with school friends. Parents are often amazed at what their children have tried because it was not a question it was just there, open and tempting by color and smell. I look at it as if we have a mini farmers market on a board, this is how my daughter became to open to trying new foods.
I will be bringing different examples of our wood boards to the blog. This one is from a mid morning snack. We started the day of with smoothies and by 10am we were needing something more substantial. Full of protein and healthy fats. If you give this a try at home please share your experience, see if your children will star eating new foods or at the very least trying it. I love how families come together around this idea of eating over a wood board. Just think of the delicious cheese plates and great conversation you have had in the past. We are just bringing into the home life. Enjoy.