I started out blogging 9 years ago next month as a food blogger. Since having children I don’t cook or bake half as much as before but once a foodie, always a foodie. I baked quite a bit over Christmas and it got me thinking about slowly starting to introduce food into this blog. I don’t know about you but I find myself cooking the same recipes for my increasingly fussy daughters so I started to wonder what everyone else cooks for their kids. What are family meals like in other peoples homes? and perhaps someone has some tips for dealing with fussy eaters? So with these questions in mind, I have put together a series of questions and sent them to a few bloggers. I’m starting the series off today by answering the questions myself and then I’ll be back every Wednesday with another blogger to tell us what goes on in their kitchen. If you’d like to take part, send me an email to email@example.com and I’ll send you the questions over.
Who does most of the cooking in your house? Do you enjoy cooking?
I love cooking and so does my husband. I probably cook slightly more often as I only work 3 days a week. Meal planning and food shopping are left to me. I work 3 days a week and on one of my days off we don’t get back from swimming lessons until 5:15 pm so most meals need to be quick to get to the table. Combined with fussy eaters, I’m not enjoying cooking as much as I once did. This is something I want to fix this year though.
Do you meal plan?
I try to most weeks. Occasionally I forget to put the online shop order in until the last minute and end up just going through the my favourites section of the app and ordering our regular items. I much prefer the weeks when I’ve meal planned so I aim to meal plan more this year.
What are mealtimes like in your house? Do you eat together as a family?
We eat together around the kitchen table as often as possible. This means we have family meal times all weekend and when we can in the week. My husband gets in around 5:30 pm so on my days ouff I aim to have tea ready for this time. If he’s running late he’ll have his later but I’ll eat with the girls. On the 3 days I work, family meal times are more difficult. We’re fortunate my mum picks F up from school two days and makes us tea. She’ll usually have fed the girls before we get home though. Mondays are my least favourite day. We all get in at 6 pm, the girls are tired, we make a very quick tea which sometimes they eat and sometimes they don’t.
Meal times are usually a battle in our house as both girls seem to be getting fussier by the week.
What are your favourite family meals to cook?
Tuna pasta bake, homemade pizza, roast chicken (although vegetables and potatoes can be an issue for F) and fish and chips. Everyone used to love my lamb and aubergine ragu but F no longer likes it. In fact, she no longer seems to like mince. I refuse to make different meals and hope to find more meals we all enjoy soon.
Do you cook the same meals frequently or are you always trying new recipes?
I used to try new recipes all the time but nowadays I find myself cooking the same meals each week. Recently F has started refusing to eat many old favourites claiming she doesn’t like them so I need to find some new ones.
Do you have any tips for dealing with fussy eaters?
No. This is something I’m really struggling with. F used to eat anything until 6-12 months ago. E pretty much eats anything if she’s in the mood. I think with E it’s more lack of appetite and her not wanting to sit still! Meal times can be a stressful battle.
Do you have a favourite cookbook?
I have lots of cookbooks that I used to use regularly. I don’t buy them as much but I still can’t resist ones by Nigel Slater or Jamie Oliver.
Do you enjoy baking?
I love baking. I used to bake all our bread before having F and occasional sweet treats too. I bake less now but F is starting to show an interest so we baked biscuits at Christmas a couple of times which she enjoyed. I’m hoping to do more with her this year and perhaps E will be interested in baking earlier than F. I also love to make the girl’s birthday cakes, These photos are last years cakes.
Do you have any tips for making feeding the family easier?
Meal plan before shopping makes life easier. You don’t have to stick to the days but having 7 meals in mind before the weekly shop helps. Batch cook favourite meals that are quick to reheat so you have a freezer full of homemade ready meals for busy night’s. Finally online shopping. I resisted for so long and finally gave in and tried it a few weeks before my 2nd daughter was born. Now I can’t imagine where I got in the weekly shop.
Do you get your kids involved in the kitchen?
As well as baking, F enjoys helping make homemade pizzas. She enjoys rolling the dough, spreading the sauce over the base and adding the toppings. I’m determined to get her more involved this year.
Don’t forget to come back next Wednesday for my first guest post in this series where Kate from Family Fever will be telling us all about what goes on in her kitchen.
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