Welcome back to another in my kitchen guest post. This week I’m joined by Fazeelah from DHILLONDEEDS. I hope you enjoy finding out about her family meal times. If you would like to take part in this series, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you the questions.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your family.
My name is Fazeelah and I am originally South African but I reside in sunny Qatar, a little country tucked away in the Middle East. We became two in 2014 and 3 in 2016. What I love most about us as a family is that we’re mixed, my husband being a British Punjabi, and this influences our kitchen time immensely.
Who does most of the cooking in your house? Do you enjoy cooking?
I do most of the cooking in our house but my husband enjoys cooking too and does cook some awesome meals when he’s home. And YES I love cooking.
Do you meal plan?
Yes, yes and yes! This makes it so easy to do the grocery shopping, stick to our weekly food budget and know what to cook every day as well.
What are mealtimes like in your house? Do you eat together as a family?
Meal times are usually family time in our home. This is our time. We make it a priority to sit and eat together as a family for every meal. Since our baby started solids it’s been a messy experience because we chose Baby-Led Weaning. So, besides the washing up afterwards, I now have to deal with a messy floor (and sometimes walls) and baby!
What are your favourite family meals to cook?
We love a good old Chicken Pasta, Roast Dinner, Curries and Oven Baked Fish with a lot of veggies as our sides. Most of my cooking is shamelessly winged which is why I don’t have a recipe to our family favourites at this point but it’s given me some inspiration.
Do you cook the same meals frequently or are you always trying new recipes?
I do cook the same meals but I also like to try new recipes and switch our meal plans weekly.
Do you have any tips for dealing with fussy eaters?
With my daughter and husband (yes he is a fussy eater too) I just pay close attention to what they truly enjoy munching on and do my best to make what they really like to eat because what is the point of cooking food nobody is going to eat. One thing I don’t do in our kitchen is cook separately for anyone. But in the same breathe I do introduce new flavours and textures so they both can try new things too.
Do you have a favourite cookbook?
Yes, I do it’s the Best Ever Three & Four Ingredient Cookbook By Jenny White & Joanna Farrow.
Do you enjoy baking?
Yes, I love baking and decorating cookies and cupcakes. I find it really therapeutic.
Do you have any tips for making feeding the family easier?
Definitely planning your meals with the family each week making sure each meal has a carb, protein and veg, writing down everything you need for the week and sticking to it. Having an idea of what we are going to eat every day really takes the edge off and makes it really effortless to feed the family.
Do you get your kids involved in the kitchen?
I hope too soon but for now, my little one who is only 15 months old helps by keeping me entertained! She joins me in the kitchen, yes – opening all draws and cupboards and takes things out she can play with.
Where can we find you?
Please do come over and say hi on our blog www.dhillondeeds.com and Instagram, Facebook and youtube with our username Dhillondeeds.