Showing posts with label Meal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Meal. Show all posts

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Project 365: Days 41 - 47

I am struggling to blog at the moment but will be continuing with Project 365.  Here goes week 7.


Day 41: Pancakes! - The children were going to spend a few days at their grandparents so I decided to do Pancake Day early.  My eldest helped to make the batter and then it was my middle boy's responsibility to spread the nutella on. My youngest just helped to eat them.  They were delicious.

Day 42: A quiet meal in - the children are spending the night at their grandparents so hubby and I got to sit down to a nice meal and glass of wine without any interruptions.  It was very strange.

Day 43: A sad day - I received a telephone call from my sister late on Monday night letting me know that our uncle had passed away.  He had fought a very long and brave battle with cancer and my mother had been with him every step of the way.  My mother is the most amazing woman I know. I am sad for the loss of my uncle, and sad for my mother who has lost her little brother.  (I know this is cheating as it's a screen shot rather than a photo but it's the best I could do for today.)

Day 44: A touch of snow - my boys are home from their grandparents and were very excited to see some snow.  We only had a bot of a dusting though, and the rain washed it all away later in the day.  They still managed an hour outside.

Day 45: Happy Valentines Day - hubby gave me this single red rose.  We had decided not to do anything for Valentines Day but he came home from work with this rose the day before.  I think it was more to do with what has been happening this week and how sad I've been rather than a romantic gesture, but it was still lovely.

Day 46: Arts and crafts - our local Council had an open day at the sports centre so I took the boys down for a few hours.  Here they are enjoying painting Spongebob Squarepants onto a bag.  I think they've done a really good job.  Unfortunately, this deteriorated a little while later and my youngest ended up with lots of glue and glitter in his hair.  That was fun to get out.

Day 47: Sleepy time - I have spent the day shopping, cleaning and ironing and will admit to almost forgetting to take a photo.  I managed this one just twenty minutes before midnight.  It may be last minute but I do love photos of them sleeping.

My favourite photo this week is the photo of the rose.  It reminds me that there is beauty in life even when I feel like everything around me is falling apart.  I feel so sad.


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Monday, 28 May 2012

A fortnight in the life of a tiny taster

Oliver recently received his first Tiny Taste test for Little Dish and we were both so excited when the parcel arrived.  As you can see he couldn't wait to get his hands on the first meal.  

I decided to make him the cottage pie to start with as he loves anything with minced beef so I thought it would get us off to a good start.  I was wrong.  He quite happily sat and played with the meal, and even licked a bit to taste it, but he refused to eat it.  It did contain quite a lot of mashed potato, and not as much meat as he would have liked, but I was still really disappointed that he would barely try it.  It's hard to bribe make a 19 month old eat anything that he doesn't like the look of.  In the end I had to give up , but I did worry that this was just a taste of things to come (no pun intended).  Then that night he came down with an awful cough and cold and was off his food for a few days.  So at least it looks like there was a good reason for the refusal of the cottage pie.  It did mean that we had the put the taste test on hold for a few days though.

When he was fully recovered and eating properly again, I decided it was time for his second tasting.  This time we went for the lasagne and thankfully this was much more successful.  It looks delicious (I was a bit jealous that I didn't get one to try too) and Oliver ate it with gusto.  
In the next few days he tried a chicken korma which he enjoyed but didn't finish (my husband finished it off and said it was lovely), and a chicken & butternut squash pie (he was not so keen on this one but he did try it at least).

While we had been finishing the first weeks meals off, the second weeks worth of meals had arrived.  We got spaghetti & meatballs, pasta bolognese, chicken risotto, pasta with cheese, peas and broccoli trees, and enough fish pie for a tea party for Oliver and his friends.

The most successful meal was the pasta bolognese closely followed by spaghetti & meatballs.  He didn't like the pasta dish or the fish pie, and this made me realise something about my son.  He doesn't like white food.  Suddenly, it all made sense.  Since he was about 14 months old and started being a bit fussy with food (which, by the way wasn't supposed to happen as we did baby led weaning) he has stopped eating things like potatoes, pasta, plain chicken... anything with no colour.  On the other hand his favourite meal is spaghetti bolognese, and he'll eat chicken if it's in a curry sauce.  I know I should probably have realised it before, but I'd just never thought about it.  I suppose that's what happens when you spend all day running around like a maniac trying to do everything for three children, plus work, plus run a home (blah blah blah as my oldest son would say).  I kind of understand too.  I like colour in my food.  If I was given the choice between  plate of white food, or a lovely colourful dish of meat and vegetables I know which one I would choose.

Though I can say that Oliver's refusal to eat said white food is no reflection on the Little Dish meals.  At the fish pie tea party that we hosted for a few of Oliver's little friends, you can see that it was a huge success.
Fish Pie

So I think that overall we had a very successful taste test.  I learnt something about my child, and Oliver enjoyed trying lots of different things.  He seemed to get quite excited whenever I went into the fridge and got one of his meals out.  All I can do is apologise to him for the days that I chose a white one.  I don't think we'll be buying any of those for Oliver any time soon, though he'll definitely be having the pasta bolognese again.
He couldn't get it in his mouth fast enough!

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Oliver's a Tiny Taster

Little Dish recently held a competition on their Facebook page where you had to upload a photo of your little one eating their favourite food   I decided to enter as Ollie loves his food and is quite vocal in letting me know what he does, and doesn't like!  I entered this photo of him eating tomato soup and I am very happy to announce that he was chosen as one of their Tiny Tasters!


Ollie is going to get Little Dish meals to taste, and then we'll be letting everyone know what our thoughts are.  Expect lots of messy eating, plenty of feedback and hopefully more smiles than tears.

You can follow our journey here on my blog, on Twitter and on Facebook.

Has your little one tried Little Dish meals yet?