Inspired by a friend on Twitter, I have decided to set up this new food-related blog. I have always enjoyed cooking but it was always something I did occasionally – a dinner party here, a cake for colleagues there. Then I had a baby and suddenly I was responsible for putting food on the table and making sure he ate a balanced diet and didn’t get sick. It was very overwhelming and although I did cook, he had his fair share of baby jars! When his little brother came along, I was so exhausted that I could barely run a brush through my hair some days, let alone cook from scratch. We put on a lot of weight as we ate so many takeaways and ready meals as I didn’t feel like cooking. We were spending ridiculous amounts in restaurants. I recently gave up work and have decided to fully embrace being a “housewife” for the (hopefully) fairly limited time I’ll be one.
I have one child who is a human dustbin. He will regularly polish off seconds AND thirds and then ask “what’s for pudding?!”. He squeals in delight when I tell him I’ve made him something special for tea and adores to help and watch me in the kitchen. When I put dinner on the table, he claps and thanks me and tucks into his veggies! He is 3. His younger brother is 2 and is a fussy little wotsit. He appears to be vegetable-phobic. If it’s not garlic bread, fruit or “gogurt” then he isn’t usually interested. He also mostly refuses cake and all puddings (is he really mine?). Something he wolfs down one day will be flatly rejected the next. He will surprise me though – he ate a whole pile of cauliflower the other day and I nearly fainted in shock. The child eats spoonfuls of ketchup but leaves the chips. I am hoping this project means the children will also begin to learn some basic skills, begin to enjoy food and understand more about what we eat. I hope it will help us to eat heathily, control our weight and save us money. I am also hoping it helps Mr Fussy become a little less so.
So here it is, the Domestic Goddess Challenge! I aim to cook from scratch (as much as possible, taking a few shortcuts for time reasons!) every day til the end of the year and for us to eat dinner together as a family every night . I aim to try as many new recipes as I can, not just churn out old favourites. However, I also reserve the right to do the odd kid’s tea of fish fingers and chips from the freezer on a Friday night! There will be no takeaways but perhaps the odd night off in a restaurant. I will blog as many recipes and tips and pics as I can along the way.
All comments, recipe ideas and tips gratefully received!