Month: April 2018
I love roasted vegetables. When you get that lovely caramelised sweetness, the only seasoning they need is some ground salt and pepper and a little sprig of fresh rosemary. On that note… I seem to be able to grow every known herb except rosemary. Is it not supposed to be hardy and unfussy? Every rosemary plant I have had has simply given up on me for no apparent reason. Other than basil, this is the herb I use most often and I dream of having an abundance of them outside my kitchen. Please leave me some any rosemary growing tips you may have in the comments below.
Guinea Pigs and Food Critics
Back to the matter at hand though, the kids aren’t always as keen on the roasted vegetables as I am. SuperDad eats everything, as he likes to proclaim, which is somewhat true. He also critiques everything quite thoroughly! Therefore I have a team of very honest food critics giving me their opinions on a daily basis and I have a great source of instant feedback, which is great. They have also gotten quite used to being my little guinea pigs.
I am lucky… scratch that… we have encouraged the boys to eat a wide variety of foods and they aren’t unreasonably fussy. We also don’t force them to eat things that they really and truly dislike. Wade, for example, doesn’t like boerewors or hamburgers. It could be the texture, because he doesn’t drink juice with particles or eat yoghurt with pieces of fruit. He will eat just about anything else.
Blake generally has an aversion to green vegetables. Obviously, these are the very healthy ones so I do ask him just to try and if he really doesn’t want to eat it I will allow him to move one thing aside, but eat everything else.
There is one thing that breaks my heart and that’s the fact that they absolutely, hands down refuse to eat mushrooms. Like trained sniffer dogs, they will locate the tiniest trace of a mushroom and alert the food police immediately that mom is trying to poison them! I love mushrooms. I miss them in my life…
About the roast veggies then… I thought I would try something different to ramp up the roasted veg and it worked like a charm! Everyone knows that when you smother stuff with cheese, they’ll eat it… so… mix in some egg and bake it and then add some cheese and the result is just magic. This entire dish was polished before you could say Harry Potter. It’s a must try for your food critics! I baked some hake medallions to serve along with it, although it would really compliment any protein.
Recipe adapted from Food To Love
I have made this dish before and it absolutely has become a favourite. With only three ingredients to pop into the oven, you end up with a mouthwatering comfort meal that everyone will love. Not only that, it’s healthy with loads of super broccoli, as well as gluten free, low carb and you don’t need to add anything else. I served up with some seasoned butter beans on the side.
More of my gluten free cooking here.
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The only seasoning you need is some coarse salt, pepper and rosemary for the chicken. The natural flavours of the broccoli, bacon and chicken make a fantastic combination that really just gets highlighted with the minimal seasoning. Cheese doesn’t need any explanation other than, because cheese!
If your kids have an aversion to broccoli, you may have a problem. Mine generally love broccoli, even as a baby it was a top choice for Blake. Occasionally they might have an “anti green stuff” day which can always be sidestepped by covering it with bacon and cheese!
I don’t generally make up my own recipes, but I do go hunting all over the internet for recipes according to whatever inspires me on the day or week. Then, I chop a little bit here and change a little bit there and make it according to my family’s tastes.
The benefit for you is I do all the hunting for you and you can be sure it’s going to be easy, quick, healthy and family friendly! Any day you’re wondering what to do for supper, just pop in here and you’ll be sure to find a recipe that appeals to your tastebuds. Must add though that my kids are quite unfussy and easy to feed (not sure what this actually says about my cooking).
For the longest time I couldn’t remember where I found this recipe… eventually I realised it was from one of my favourite apps, Kitchen Stories. There’s something for everyone and loads of how-to’s for the beginner cook.
I find it very hard to resist anything with Parmesan in it! Add chicken and homemade tomato sauce and it’s sure to be a winner. Served with a side salad, it’s low in carbs and a light, nutritious meal.
I jumped at the chance to write a little bit for The Non-Adventures of a Stay at Home Mum when Nadia asked me because 1. she’s absolutely incredible and I’m a fan; 2. joining the group of amazing women she has featured on her blog was an invitation I just couldn’t refuse… Just a day in her own life as a Stay at Home Mum was an eye opener!
Reading this series of a “Day in the Life of…” has given such a rare glimpse into the lives of friends, businesswomen, mothers that really allows you to put yourself into their shoes. It makes you realise even more so that we all have our own unique strengths, challenges, insecurities and joys. It has been an inspiration! So when she asked me to take it on, I thought I was going to give it my best shot!
I picked a random day, as my days are never the same, and I decided that I would quite literally keep my notebook at my side all day long and note every possible thing down. I stayed committed to my task and it turned out to be a pretty good day! So here goes….
A Day in the Life of a Working Mum
Click through to the blog to read all about my crazy day! While you’re there please do take the time to read up in the other days as well and I would love to hear what you think… come on back and scribble me a comment below