Tuesday, 29 September 2009

In my last life I was starving



After settling Deaglan down for the night, I came downstairs and while crawling around the living room floor picking up toys strewn everywhere, I glanced into the kitchen at this scene. Shaune busy chopping and sauteeing, laptop open to his cooking blog, recreating an invention he came up with just a few weeks ago.

Cilantro, citrus and spicy peanut sauce worked their way into my welcoming olfactory and were met with a rumble from my tummy below.

You're most likely rolling your eyes and wondering what the hell I ever did to deserve being married to this culinary wizard. I can only shrug with a sheepish grin. I don't know either but I ain't complaining.

We don't eat like this every evening though. A few nights a week Shaune works late and it's my job to prepare dinner. On these nights it's a simpler fare. We usually have some curries, pasta sauces and most likely a hearty chili, homecooked ahead of time and then portioned and frozen for my nights 'cooking'. From there, all I have to do is throw together a salad or make rice or pasta and voila.

When I picked Deaglan up from daycare today, his teacher Ms. Angie recounted snack time earlier that afternoon. It was vanilla yogurt mixed with cut up canned peaches. Did he eat it? I asked excitedly. Yes, after he spit out every last piece of peach.

Again I implore the universe, how did two such enthusiastic eaters create such a finicky difficult-to-nourish little punk???

17 comments:

  1. Toddler!

    That's the best answer. He's being a toddler.

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  2. Two of my kids refuse to eat anything decent some days. They are so, so, so very picky!! I'm done pulling my hair out about it. I pray and trust that someday they will expand their menu options. I heard that I was a picky one when I was little too. I have a feeling that Deaglan will have a wonderfully varied diet as he gets older. Your kitchen must smell too good to resist:) Can I come over???

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  3. Kids are just picky eaters. My husband and I will eat so many things and our girls are very specific about their tastes. My youngest is on a all cereal and pancake diet. Refuses just about everything else but I keep trying. My oldest is starting to come around. The doctor says 5 is the age where they start growing rapidly and need more food so they can't be as picky.

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  4. I love food. My husband is not a chef, but he is an amazing cook. He just rarely has the time.

    Two of my kids will try/eat just about anything. The third... not so much. It can be so frustrating.

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  5. I think I need to take some cooking lessons from u.... =\ Your house HAS TO smell yummy, right?

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  6. Thanks for sharing your husband's blog. I'm bookmarking it for future reference. Vivian definitely goes through very picky eating stages. I try not to worry much about it as long as she continues to gain weight and soil diapers. Believe me, she has NO problems pooping and peeing! :-)

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  7. I don't think I would like to come across lumps of mushy, slimy canned peaches in my yogart either.... some of us have sensitive tongue surfaces.

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  8. Ug, kids and food. Somehow they grow up strong despite their propensity for chicken nuggets and mac and cheese.

    Hey, thanks for dropping by, and the recommended books. I'm always looking for alternative reading material, I like literary fiction and both the authors you recommended appealed to me when I checked them out on Amazon. When I finish Margaret Atwood's new book I will purchase one of these novelist's.

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  9. you sure are lucky to have two good cooks in the house! and poor you, cursed with a picky eater. it might get better with time. i sure hope so! :)

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  10. Oh, you make me so hungry!!! And Deaglan will outgrow it...in time...but you probably already know that...You are such a wise mom!!! Love to you~Janine XO

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  11. T Rex Mom said it all...:)

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  12. LOL, you are so funny. yea it is the toddler in him. hopefully when he is older he will foodies like you two. my kids are getting picky now too. Jacob wont even eat spaghetti now! what the heck!

    and you are totally so luck to have a hubby that cooks! oh how i wish my husband would cook!

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  13. You are one lucky woman, but you know that! You deserve it!
    Being picky is something most kids grow out of, but I still have a 14 year old, who is still SO picky. It drives me crazy. I think I made the mistake when they were little by turning the kitchen into a restaurant, instead of one meal a night. I would just get so freaked out that they would starve by not eating. So silly now, but back then, I was a tad bit neurotic.
    XXXXX

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  14. Oh, toddlers can be so picky! Fortunately, they generally outgrow it if you just keep giving them access to more varied fare.

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