In fact I did. I cooked enough for us both so that Ellie could see me eating exactly the same food.
Unfortunately that before photo is also the after photo. Well. At least she didn't throw it on the floor.
She hasn't eaten many vegetables over the past few days so I did give her a sachet of pureed broccoli, pears and peas which she sucked on like a little astronaut.
She also ate some apple, but refused to eat any fromage frais. (So I ate that. Waste not, want not).
As a result, we generated an impressive pile of waste and washing up. Normally, I don't give second choices - I'm a mother, not a restauranteur, after all. Generally, my tactic is that if she doesn't want to eat, I send her off to play till the next meal time.
I always hope that Ellie will have at least two good meals a day - it's a way of reining in my own expectations and avoiding getting stressed out over uneaten meals.
If you have any tips or realistic ideas on what 18 -24 month old children can eat, PLEASE tell me. I'd like to stockpile a few ideas.