Welcome to another In my kitchen guest post. Today I’m joined by Naomi from The organised life project. Her boys are very similar in age to mine so it was very interesting to hear that they are not fussy eaters (unlike my girls). I hope you enjoy reading all about how Naomi cooks and meal plans.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your family.
I’m Naomi, married to Tim and we have two boys, aged 5 and 2. Tim works full time, I work part-time and we’re pretty busy.
Who does most of the cooking in your house? Do you enjoy cooking?
Tim and I both share the cooking. I do most cooking during the week as I tend to be home earlier, and I also do all the meal planning and food shopping. Tim is a great cook – he’s obsessive about handcrafting pizza from scratch – and has done a few cooking courses. I love to bake, especially cakes and desserts.
Do you meal plan?
What are mealtimes like in your house? Do you eat together as a family?
What are your favourite family meals to cook?
Traditional meals go down really well – roast dinners, cottage pie, sausage and mash etc. Ben loves Chicken Fajitas and Samuel loves anything where he’s allowed ketchup or salad cream. The one thing they are not massively keen on is stir-fry style dinners, especially with noodles, so if we’re having that, they sometimes have beans on toast instead!
Do you cook the same meals frequently or are you always trying new recipes?
I’d say I try to cook 3 or 4 new recipes each month, often at the weekends. What happens most often is that I will ‘forget’ a recipe that we’ve enjoyed and not have it for a few months. Then I’ll remember it and we’ll all enjoy it again!
Do you have any tips for dealing with fussy eaters?
Do you have a favourite cookbook?
It’s an oldie, but Nigella’s Feast has been a favourite of mine for years. A friend gave it to me as a housewarming present about 14 years ago (!) and I’ve used it a lot. I can still just sit and read it. It goes through the year and gives recipes for Christmas, New Year, Valentines, Easter etc, and also has chapters on breakfasts, ‘Kiddiefeasts,’ Kitchen suppers, Ultimate feasts and so on.
Do you enjoy baking?
Do you have any tips for making feeding the family easier?
Build meal planning and food shopping into your routine. I meal plan monthly, then do my online food shop on a Wednesday, then collect it after work on a Friday. That works really well for us – the supermarket is just around the corner from my work. The other trick is to really plan meals for your lifestyle – so on my work nights, when time is limited, we have very quick and easy meals. At the weekends, we make more labour-intensive meals. I’m not massively into batch cooking at the moment, although I have been in the past, but I’d always try to do it at the weekend.