As I attempt to feed 6mouths each day I find myself in constant discussion about the quality and variety and affordability of our food. It is easy to buy a whole range of ready made goodies to get through a meal time. Take store bought pasta sauce – a true God send and a must in my pantry. It is a true staple that I find myself using for pasta, soup, casseroles, curries…you name it, if it needs a tomato base I use it!
But when you find yourself time poor you can take many short cuts that tend to end up in highly processed high fat food being served at your table.
When I am being really committed to good food I am aware of ALL the ingredients going into the meal – so yes it means free range eggs, fresh spinach (not frozen), home made bread, whole foods. And this is a real challenge because the kids are fussy.
But for those of you who have even glanced at this newish book from comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s wife, Jessica you will know that it takes the basics of good, kid friendly food and endeavours to deceive. I was intrigued….so I dedicated some of my child free time at Borders one day to have a coffee and read the book.
Is it good? Well it is nicely presented. It has a range of good ideas. But do you really feel good about deceiving your kids. Spinach in the brownies? How long can you add purees to basic dishes – when they are 2, 10, 35 years old? At some point they need to experience texture, new tastes and cope with the lumps and bumps and mouth feel of good food.
I am an advocate of the food processor. It saves me time and allows me to add dozens of vegetables to bulk up a pasta sauce. But at the end of the day I think the kids need to know what they are eating.
Tonight we had a red curry made with Chicken, potatoes, peas and coriander. It was quite spicy but with a few spoon fulls of natural yogurt and some streamed rice everyone ate it…even the two year old.
So don’t deceive them, simply feed them!