Welcome to another week of “In my kitchen”, the weekly series where we find out how other bloggers feed their family. This week I am joined by Eva from Captain Bobcat.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your family.
We are a bit strange when it comes to food and eating habits in our house. My 3.5 year old has an extremely restricted diet, at the moment all he eats is pizza, bread, cheese and some cereal. It’s probably down to some sensory processing disorder but we’re still trying to investigate it. My 18 months old eats a lot better but she’s picky. I am a vegetarian but my husband isn’t. So Feeding everyone with healthy meals is a challenge on a daily basis.
Who does most of the cooking in your house? Do you enjoy cooking?
Me. I love cooking but it wasn’t the case until before my children were born. I didn’t cook a single thing before my thirties! Which is ridiculous, because now I love cooking. I find cooking not only a creative activity but relaxing too. As my husband says sometimes: mummy is hiding in the kitchen – and it’s true in a way! I cook almost every day. My husband can cook too and he cooks a meal every week, mainly on the weekends.
Do you meal plan?
Sort of. We only have a few meals what all the four of us is willing to eat, so those are on the menu every week. Like veggie lasagne or pasta with tomato-veggie sauce. But apart from that, I find it hard to plan as my husband often doesn’t get home from work for dinner time and the children just won’t eat most of the things I cook. So we need to take it almost day by day and meal by meal.
What are mealtimes like in your house? Do you eat together as a family?
We always eat together when we can, some evenings it’s just me and the children but we all eat at the same time. They sit at their little table and we have an early dinner as they go to bed soon after dinner. As I said they are quite fussy, but I stopped stressing about it. They can always choose between what we’re eating and something of their preference, but in the end they hardly try our food.
What are your favourite family meals to cook?
It’s got to be vegetarian lasagne and my ratatouille http://www.captainbobcat.com/my-take-on-french-ratatouille/
But I also often cook classic bolognese for my family and roast a chicken even if I don’t eat them.
Do you cook the same meals frequently or are you always trying new recipes?
I have favourites to make every other week but I absolutely love trying and developing new recipes. I love creative cooking and fusion food. And I also like turning meat based food into veggie ones. Unfortunately, ccannotdo too much of it lately as I don’t have time and the children won’t eat new and unusual dishes.
Do you have any tips for dealing with fussy eaters?
This is a tough question for me because my boy was quite ok with food till around 18 months old. From there on he went downhill and I spent the past 2 years trying to feed him healthy food. I’ve developed lots of tricks and cheats to smuggle protein, veggies and all sorts of nutrients into his meals but as he started to refuse everything but white carbs and cheese – I’m now completely stuck. I make him smoothies, put hummus on his sandwich bread instead of butter, make him ice lollies with fruit and veg combo, pancakes with oats and banana, muffins and cookies with butternut squash and broccoli etc. I think the single most important thing is not to be stressed about it. Stop blaming yourself, sometimes children are just plain difficult. I have two very fussy eaters, but hey, at least they have no problems with sleep! We can’t have everything 🙂
Do you have a favourite cookbook?
I don’t have any, I just use Pinterest for ideas. I do prefer when an online recipe is short, kept to the recipe without stories because scrolling is not easy during cooking!
Do you enjoy baking?
I love baking too! I try using healthy ingredients and natural sweeteners or as little sugar as possible. I enjoy unusual recipes like this Matcha and mint cookies: http://www.captainbobcat.com/green-tea-cookies-with-matcha-and-mint/
Do you have any tips for making feeding the family easier?
I always shop online, it saves lots of time and money too. (The supermarket I shop at often offers free products!) Whenever I cook pasta sauces I always put a few small portions into the freezer for quick pasta meals. Stop stressing if they are fussy, only give them healthy snacks and only occasionally sweet things. Keep offering a variety, they might try it one day.
Do you get your kids involved in the kitchen?
They are still too young but I hope to get them involved soon. My mum never really let me help when I was a child, so I didn’t cook till my thirties! I will definitely teach my children to cook from early.
Where can we find you online?