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Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Thank you so much all of you my friends out there in blogland. Yet again you came up trumps and on a day when I was feeling rather out of sorts, you cheered me up and gave me a shove in the right direction with all your comments and stories.

It all made me realize that the boredom and frustration of cooking for unappreciative families does get to us all sometime. I’m a completely normal mother!! I’m really going to try to follow the advice that a lot of you gave, to get the kids cooking so that they actually realize what’s involved. I wonder how they will react when I say yuck to what they’ve made! (Actually on pain of death none of the children are allowed to say yuck at the dinner table. They learned long ago that that results in instant banishment and no food and so they really truly never go there!)

I also tend to do what Susan recommended – reading cookery books and sticking in little bits of scrap paper where there’s something that looks scrummy. I realized though that what I don’t then do is go back and make the recipes I’ve marked – so I’m going to make an effort to do that and hopefully make some new and delicious dinners that will fill me with a feeling of immense satisfaction and love for cooking. (Don’t laugh, we all have to have a dream!)

You also put me onto some really cool foodie blogs: check out Katy’s new food blog: http://southbeachpinterestproject.blogspot.co.uk

and this one that Sherri recommended : http://www.ourbestbites.com

All this upliftingness lead me to huge culinary efforts for dinner last night. I started with the Barefoot Contessa‘s Chicken Stew with Biscuits…

mine looked just like the picture in the book…

I thought it was divine comfort food, but one child picked out all the carrots and another all the peas and when my other half came in late from a meeting he declined having any leftovers warmed up for him on the grounds that it looked strange. It wasn’t strange at all, it was yummy.

For dessert I followed with a Victoria Plum Streusel (except mine was made with damsons) from a Country Living magazine recipe. This was pretty time consuming and involved about 52 stages including making a very nice sweet bread dough. Served warm with cream it was to die for, but was rejected out of hand by the two little picky buggers and my husband. My elder daughter and I  absolutely loved it though.

All of which made me feel that maybe it wasn’t just the kids that were to blame for the lost mojo. I think Mr H and his sometime stickinthemudness and reluctance to try new things or anything that may conceivably be English might just have something to do with it.

What do you think?

Helen

7 Responses to “Thank you!!!”

  1. Katy Says:

    I think he needs to learn what I did as a kid, eat what’s put in front of you or go hungry 😉

  2. Susan Says:

    Oh I so do not have your problem. Mine eat! Lots! But I did do what you do when the girls were little. Helen once turned her nose up at something because it looked weird. So I very nicely and politely (maybe over the top) took it away and told her no worries, I loved her and didn’t want her to eat something she thought looked weird. That she could get down from the table and go back to playing. I of course offered her nothing else. She ended up sobbing and begging for the dinner. Himself had to step in eventually and tell me I had made my point. Yeah, I made it well and truly and she never did that again!!

  3. Shelley Says:

    Helen,

    I go through the cooking doldrums too! My kids had their picky years, and some are still a little picky, but over the years they have gotten better at eating what’s on the table and not complaining (as much). They just don’t eat as much of the stuff they don’t like. Took us years to get there. I have to add that I make the chicken stew with biscuits from Barefoot Contessa all the time! It’s a family favorite! Now when I make it, I make an extra big batch and put a pan of it into the freezer and cook the other for dinner.

    To help me through the week I try to plan menus for every night of the week at the beginning of the week so we can shop for all the ingredients we’ll need. It also helps me to thaw things ahead of time because I can look at the calendar in the morning and see what I need to start. Wish I could tell you that the menu planning solved all my problems but it doesn’t. Sometimes I sit forever trying to come up with a reasonable menu for the week. I try to get the kids to help when I can. And some nights the planned menu gets pitched out the window. At least the menu planning is better than no planning.

    Good luck and hang in there!

    Shelley

  4. Dianne N Says:

    I think he’d be wearing all this lovely food if he turned it down in my house! Especially after you clearly spent a long time making it, time that could’ve been spent sewing!

  5. Mary Says:

    How about a quiet word with your husband? Surely he can see that you need his support to deal with the fussy eaters? Children look to their parents as an example, and if he’s being fussy about the food then it’s difficult to tell them not to do the same.

    For the record, I think it all looks delicious! I enjoy cooking but I go through slumps when I just completely lack inspiration – at times like that I tend to be very selfish and just cook what I fancy – I spend enough time catering for everyone else’s tastes!

  6. CarlaHR Says:

    From the sounds of it, I do believe that your hubby’s behaviour has rubbed off on the kids. I know immediately when mine doesn’t like what I’ve made (I like to try out a new recipe from time to time) – he acts as though I’ve imposed some impossible task on him. I try not to let it bother me but I agree that it is disappointing to have such reactions after one has spent much time in the kitchen. I recall that there is at least one Swiss cooking magazine – I bought a copy the last time we were in Switzerland and found the recipes very good. Try some of those recipes and be sure to point out that they are Swiss in origin.
    By the way the cake looks good!!!

  7. diane stanley Says:

    I think kids learn from their parents and if your mister is a picky eater…there you have your answer. I have made Barefoot Contessa’s Chicken and biscuit stew and it is delish!