Now my boys are older (5&3) I feel we have come through the struggle of fussy eating, I am going to be sharing with you some of my fail safe recipes which are healthy (having some veg sneaked in) but delicious. There a few rules I stick to when feeding my boys, I have always been consistent with this and I think it has really helped. Number one, if they don't want what I have made them they don't have anything else, no pudding, no alternative. I will only give them fruit. Number two, keep things simple, children don't want their food to be a Heston style taste adventure, my boys enjoy their food when it is satisfying and tasty. Number three, have a proper table set, get them involved setting the table, sorting out their own cutlery, drinks and napkins, this builds confidence around food and meal timesNumber four, only make one meal, for you and your children, who wants to make two meals everyday? Number five, don't overfill their plates, better for them to ask for seconds than feel overwhelmed by what is on their plates If I have experimented and have given my boys a new recipe I try not to make a big deal of it, I will give them their food and then busy myself cleaning up, I find if I don't watch them they tend not to look for me to say they don't like it, they will basically give it a good try and after a few mouthfuls their taste buds have gotten used to the new taste/texture. This worked like a dream recently when I made them Chinese food with big strong flavours like soy, sesame and ginger. This is a fantastic recipe which I have been cooking for years, slightly tweaked though with a suggestion from a friend, parsnip in the mash, yummy!
This recipe will make enough for 4, read on to find out what to do with the left overs!
2 onions, red or white whatever you prefer - finely diced 2 large carrots - finely diced 3 sticks of celery - finely diced 500g lean beef mince or 500g lamb mince 2 rashers of bacon 1 small courgette - finely diced A handful of frozen peas 1 organic stock cube (who wants to make delicious food then chuck in an oxo cube full of MSG 2 tbsp tomato puree 2/3 tbsp Worcester sauce 1 tin plum tomatoes 4/5 medium potatoes 3 parsnips 1. Peel the potatoes and parsnips, boil the potatoes for 5 minutes then add the parsnips. Once cooked fully mash them together with a knob of butter and a little milk 2. Soften the onions, carrots and celery in an oven proof dish on your hob. Add the beef or lamb and brown. With a pair of scissors snip in the bacon 3. Scatter in the courgette and peas, crumble in the stock cube, pour in the tomato puree, Worcester sauce and plum tomatoes. Simmer gently for a 5 minutes. 4. Spoon on the potato parsnip mash, fork over the meat mixture and bake your oven at 180c for 25 minutes or until golden. 5. I always serve this with broccoli I always cook some penne dried pasta the day after I have made this and mix the meat mixture with it, topped with a little grated cheese it is so good
It is book week at Asa's school, he needed to dress up as one of his favourite characters from a book, he loves reading and being read to so there were many. My main aim was to find an easy to put together outfit. Peter rabbit has always been a story we have both loved, my favourite part of the story is when Peter is caught in the gooseberry net,"Peter gave himself up for lost and shed big tears. But his sobs were overheard by some friendly sparrows, who flew to him in great excitement and implored him to exert himself" and "it would have been a beautiful thing to hid in, if it had not had so much water in it" Here is my boy, Peter
Have you enjoyed the snow? I think it would take me many many weeks to get bored of it. I love the way it makes everything look pure and clean, even the dustbins topped with a thick layer of snow look cute. I love the crunch of thick snow under my boots and holding my children up as we walk. I love the feeling of wondering when it will go and when it will come back again, this year, maybe next year. Snow please stay just a little longer
Photos taken with my beautiful new camera. Cushions were a birthday present from my dear friend Jenny, can be found here They are hand printed on linen, heaven, and so lovely to have on my bed
At the top of our garden after school
Mumma my fingers are cold
Down there is our little cottage, our very own castle.
Today, 20th January 2013 is my 30th Birthday. I have been pondering over the last few days about my twenties. So here is my list, good and bad of my twenties 1. Took Barry with me travelling to Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore 2. Bought my first house at 21 3. Got our first dog Quill 4. Swam with sharks 5. Became a qualified scuba diver 6. Danced all night on the beach under the stars 7. Rode a bamboo raft in the jungle alone 8. Began my love of cooking 9. Got engaged to my one and only love 10. Moved to our cottage in Wotton-Under-Edge 11. Conceived Asa 12. Holidayed with 22 friends 13. Got married 14. Renovated our cottage over three months 15. Met Jenny and Kate my dear friends 16. Asa was breech so had a c-section 17. We met our beautiful boy Asa 03/12/2007 18. Conceived Jasper 19. After 3 days of labour had a c-section 20. Met Jasper our beautiful boy Jasper 13/05/2009 21. Struggled through a year of post natal depression 22. Had major abdominal surgery 23. Left my job of 11 years 24. Made a huge mistake and spent over a year fixing it 25. Started my own business 26. Celebrated 12 years with Barry 27. Drove a speed boat 28. Grew into a confident Mumma to my two boys 29. Met new friends in Wotton 30. Started my blog A friend said my 30's will be the best decade of my life, I have to admit I do feel more confident to just be me, something which I have struggled with my whole life. I have the two most amazing little men in my life and a husband who loves me more than I know. My parents support me and our relationship continues to change from parent/child to dearest friends and confidants. Here are a few things I have been doing over the last days. I did not do what we had planned but today walking through my garden crunching on the thick white snow I could not have felt happier or more lucky. On Thursday I invited 9 friends to a craft evening we made brooches. My dear friend Belinda showed us what to do and we used her shop/studio.
Friday it snowed so there was no school. We spent a few hours with friends in the snow Saturday we sledged, met friends for a proper pub lunch then had snowball fights in the garden
Sunday my birthday. Barry outdid himself. I was woken at 8am with a birthday song from my three men and a delicious chocolate cake. My birthday cards from them I will treasure for always. We breakfasted on pancakes while I opened my gifts. A hand made silver forget me not necklace. A flight in a glider in the spring (ek!) and my very own Canon EOS.
We pottered around the cottage until lunch, had Barry's home made pizza then went sledging. I am so very thankful for my life and the people in it Hoping you all had a wonderful weekend too Take care, Natalie xx