And from this wealth of variously loving, despairing, fun, boring and desperate experience, I have found the secret to delicious, successful family meals. Meals that the whole family will eat.
I don't mean to imply that everyone eats and loves my food every night - far from it!
Also, I don't cook every night. We have a baked beans or scrambled eggs night and a "picnic dinner" night every week, and we get take-out sometimes.
But for successful cooked meals I now know what works, and it is this:
- taking time (enough time - but not hours)
- taking care
- being relaxed (music helps)
One or more of the following, in very generous quantities:
Cooking: do you love it or loathe it?
What works for you?
|Creamy Honey Mustard Chicken. Serve with greens and rice.|
Bribe children with a small dessert to eat some greens. Yes,
I know you're not meant to do this. Don't care.