A week in food: Thursday

Thursday was a tough day as Zoey didn’t want to eat anything I gave her for her main meals outside of breakfast. Ugh. So she was in a bad mood as I am a tough mother fraker when it comes to snacking. I will not have them filling up to stop the whining because yes they stop whining but then they won’t eat their main meals, and it’s good for them to come to a meal (slightly) hungry. And let’s be honest if you’ve wrangled twins mostly alone for 17 months a little whining is NOTHING. What’s starting to get harder is that they are now pointing at food in the kitchen, and waving plates and bowls at me whilst whining and crying. But I stand firm, and feel slightly mean. Then I read this article about ‘The Snack Epidemic’ and I felt better but I have it easy.

The Cylonettes are young and totally under my influence and control (whoa that sounds Stalinistic). I don’t have to pack a bag of food for day-care or pre-k, they are not surrounded by a classroom full of kids with different eating habits and I don’t have to work outside of the home so I can cook all their meals and snacks from scratch. I just have to put up with the whining, and hold strong. Ugh.

Breakfast: Banana buttermilk pancakes with a few white chocolate chips thrown in for good measure, and whipped cream

Shocker that we all ate these fine pancakes. Alex and I got some maple syrup but the girls had to make do with pretend syrup. At some point they will cotton on, and we’ll have to let them have a spot or else we all go without.

Morning snack: Mini cheesy biscuits and milk

Best snack ever.

Lunch: Shepherd’s pie (leftovers)

Well Naomi and I enjoyed lunch, and Zoey sat there “talking” to the shelf of teddies next to the table.

Afternoon snack: Apricot and sultana crunch (from the freezer) and milk

It’s crunchy and has dried fruit so one can hope some nutrients are being absorbed.

Supper: Lamb ragu (from the freezer) with pasta, and a yogurt

I cut the ragu with cream when I was heating it up to lessen the acidity and increase the likelihood that Zoey would eat it. Big fat NO. Heigh ho what’s a mum to do but offer a yogurt (once Naomi had finished) and hope for the best the next day.

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A week in food: Wednesday

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A picnic in the kitchen

Breakfast: Cornflakes and homemade bread

This week I made my first white loaf of regular bread (thanks to the encouragement of the Twitter). It was so simple: four ingredients and some time. It tasted great but I’m hoping if I give it more time to rise it will be lighter. I’m hooked, and everyone was happy to eat it.

Morning snack: Apple slices and milk

I’m trying to eat seasonally, and I’m longing for the spring summer fruits to start appearing. Until then it’s lots of apples. W00t. At least I’m getting a lot of use of my apple corer (thanks mum).

Lunch: Leftover tray bake chicken and veggies, plus carrot soup with homemade bread

Lunch was somewhat delayed thanks to Zoey peeing on the floor. Her post walk-nap diaper was so full that when I took her out of the stroller and she started peeing with such force it leaked out, and there was a lovely puddle on the floor. Cue changing Zoey (and Naomi as she had to be included) and washing the floor. This might sound weird but I’m looking forward to potty training this summer. Bring it on.

Thankfully lunch was leftovers so I just had to nuke the chicken and veggies, and warm up the carrot soup (freezer). Predictably both girls wolfed down the chicken, nibbled on the roast veggies, and rejected the carrot soup but happily dunked their bread in it.

Afternoon snack: Leftover bread from lunch and milk

There was plenty of cut and butter bread from lunch so I smeared on some jam, and that was the afternoon snack done. I can’t abide waste so I ate the crusts.

Supper: Shepherd’s Pie, leftover mac-and-cheese and yogurt

The weather is starting to perk up, and I had a big bag of potatoes to use up. I figured it was a good time to squeeze in a stodgy Shepherd’s Pie before winter is finally behind us. I love mince and potatoes, and Naomi does too.  Zoey is not sold so ate the mac-and-cheese, and who doesn’t love a yogurt.

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