As a mum of 4 boys figuring out what to cook for dinner can be challenging to say the least. I have moments where I dream that either Jamie Oliver or Nigella Lawson would magically appear in my kitchen. I wouldn’t have to worry about cooking and answering the dreaded question ‘What’s for Dinner Mum’. Unfortunately, I haven’t yet worked out how to make this happen, but once I do I will let you know. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy cooking and it’s a good thing I do. In my family I have a number of dietary requirements to consider when cooking. Here is a little taste of what I mean.
Starting with my hubby Geoff, he has Type 1 Insulin Dependent Diabetes (has been for 38 years) and has Coeliac disease. Our third son Charlie also has Type 1 Insulin Dependent Diabetes (has been for 10 years) coeliac and is a fussy eater (sorry Charlie you know I love you). Our eldest and youngest sons Zac and Jesse both have coeliac with Jesse being slightly dairy intolerant and fussy too (love you Jesse). This leaves myself and our second son Alex the abnormal ones of the family with having no dietary requirements. Alex and I will occasionally go out on our dates and have a gluten feast without feeling guilty otherwise we eat mainly gluten free.
There is no doubt I’m definitely exploring my creativity when it comes to cooking for my family. I love sitting down with a cuppa, looking through cookbooks and food magazines. Even though I must adapt most recipes to suit my family’s dietary needs/tastes, I do like the challenge.
Believe me, I have been there and done that when it comes to cooking. I’ve learnt over the years it doesn’t have to be complicated. My philosophy to cooking is making it quick, simple and delicious by using fresh ingredients and limiting processed foods. Sounds easy, however I have had many disasters in the kitchen with the boys ending up eating grilled cheese for dinner not that they minded of course. Not for a second do I believe grilled cheese for dinner is a bad thing either, grilled cheese is one of those meals that can soothe the soul.
While I have challenges when it comes to cooking the best part aside from coming up with creations that everybody likes (I have been known to start dancing when this happens) is that food brings my family together. We have had and continue to have the best conversations around the dinner table. I like cooking, but I love food and what I love the most is that food connects us to our family and friends. It’s the ultimate form of celebration.
As you can see it’s a good thing I like to cook. Please keep a look out on my blog for tips on how I adapt recipes, what I cook for my family, friends, eating out and recipes. Hopefully, I can inspire you and your family to live well through celebrating and connecting with healthy eating.