This week I’m joined by Jody from The Clarke Family. Read on to find out how she feeds her family of 6. I’ve enjoyed reading about how she involves all her children in the kitchen too. I hope you enjoy this post too. I’d love to hear what you think in the comments.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your family.
My name is Jody. I’m married to Adam and we have 4 children Grace 9 Reuben 7 Elijah 4 and Seth 3. We also have 2 Siberian Huskies Day and Night. We love family time from adventures to baking.
Who does most of the cooking in your house? Do you enjoy cooking?
I do all the cooking as I’m a stay at home parent. Adam works long hours but he makes all the cups of tea when he’s home. I love cooking when I have the time to do it. I don’t like being rushed.
Do you meal plan?
No, not at the moment. It is something I have wanted to do for so long. I tried it one week and unfortunately failed. I do shop with 4 meals in mind and we have the same things for lunches most weeks. I also always have a backup meal normally pasta.
What are mealtimes like in your house? Do you eat together as a family?
We try to eat together, however, Grace has gymnastics on Mondays at 5:30 pm so has to fed before she goes. It easier to feed all the little ones at the same time then me and Adam eat after. We mostly always sit around the table together and talk about our day or play an alphabet game (name a fruit beginning with A B C).
What are your favourite family meals to cook?
Sunday roast by far is our favourite. I love cooking this and adding new things. Roast vegetables are everyone’s favourite. The kids also love meatballs and spaghetti which I also enjoy making. And we mostly make the sauce from scratch as tastes so much better and less sugar.
Do you cook the same meals frequently or are you always trying new recipes?
We do cook the same meals over and over. This new year though we have mixed it up a little and have tried to drop a lot of meat dishes. This hopefully will save us a little money in the food shop.
Do you have any tips for dealing with fussy eaters?
We always put what they say they won’t eat on the plate with something we know they will eat. Always encourage to try new things. We did baby-led weaning with all the children and luckily none of them are really fussy eaters. Except they hate processed food but I don’t see that as a bad thing.
Do you have a favourite cookbook?
Not really, I love baking books have Nigellas and Tanya Burrs but mostly like to see things on facebook tasty page and go from there.
Do you enjoy baking?
Love baking. Making sweet treats and making them look pretty is my favourite thing to do. I also love to try new bakes and challenge myself as much as I can. Find out more here.
Do you have any tips for making feeding the family easier?
Shopping online can really help if you get good dates. Generally, I like to shop myself as I can see new products and get the best dates on fruit and veg.
Changing your supermarket can really help inspiration, I visited Aldi for the first time in months the other day. It gave me so many new meal ideas and really inspired me to get back in the kitchen after all the party food of December.
We don’t batch cook as our freezer isn’t big enough and we chose to ditch the microwave 7 years ago.
My biggest advice is don’t stress and always have a backup plan ours is always pasta.
Do you get your kids involved in the kitchen?
Yes as much as I can. We also have a big breakfast bar so they always sit and watch me cooking.
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