Monday, March 30, 2009
Meal time woes
A recent post at http://secretspinelesswhine.blogspot.com/ inspired me to write about family mealtimes of my own experience. There are so many bloggers who absolutely enjoy the kitchen and are able to whip up fantastic tasty meals in no time at all. I cook for my two boys but I am severely restricted in my choices by the fussy palates. Dael won't eat any yellow veg. except gem squash and every meal is accompanied by a lethal dose of tomato sauce (ketchup). Bradley generally has eaten late and then is not hungry at dinnertime and moans and groans throughout the meal because he is full. The boys don't have an affinity with any vegetables and most meals consist of whatever meat with potato or rice and gem squash. Their favourite is macaroni cheese. Executive fare people. Anyway they are growing boys so I figure the huge amount of starch they consume is probably not doing them too much harm. Pantry items in my house usually consist of a lot of bread, ditto eggs, two minutes noodles, fresh cheese for making snackwiches (Dael's staple). Very simple fare.
I don't really even try to hard to get them to eat 'forbidden' items but my mom was very militant in her approach to feeding her fantastic four. Fantastic is the word because our antics were probably hard to believe. My mom believes that food is the backbone of bringing up kids and she has taken her task to heart. My parents believed in discipline and routine (who doesn't if they can implement it) and working as a well oiled machine, together they did implement it. The table was laid every night - cloth, placemats, silverware, plates, condiments, drinking glasses, colddrinks. When we were younger they dished up for us probably because they couldn't trust us to dish a balanced meal. My youngest sister (the baby) always got the smallest portion and always left some of it. She pecked her food! Can you believe that today she is the cook of the family, always trying new recipes and is a big girl. Her favourite tv programme is the cooking channel. My middle sister used to dissect her food and isolate any bits that had 'veins' or 'pipes'. Honestly watching her eat you would instantly lose your appetite. My brother didn't have a problem with food and still doesn't. I was fussy but in a good way - obviously. No really I was very simplistic and plain - no sauces, fresh tomato or cucumber. I loved cheese and lettuce. My parents once held me down as a kid and tried to force a piece of fresh tomato between my lips. I was about 12 at the time - I won! My mom's personal favourite in the vegetable world is peas and it seemed like every meal included peas! I hate peas and even today very seldom even buy them. Just about every night I would be relegated to the kitchen once the table was cleared to chase my portion of cold peas around the plate until every last one was eaten. My parents were very vigilant. Today though (in my maturity!) I will eat tomato on a burger or in cooked food. It is still not a favourite though. I love cucumber now and eat it every night with my meal. I eat mayonnaise and other sauces. I am waiting hopefully for the day that I can maybe be a bit more adventurous with my meal plans but until then - sorry mom - I haven't got your kind of energy!