This week my cooking mojo has been at an all time low. Of course it comes during the week my husband is away and the children's survival relies on me feeding them. It also doesn't help that the 7 year old has the memory of an elephant and will happily recall how sh*t his mum was with the meals this week, as he recalls every single thing he was served in a 7 day period and report back to his father.
My dinner laziness was so hardcore this week, that I'm going to put it out there that the kids had McDonalds twice this week… yep there I said it. In my defence these were both on the nights I had Oztag and they had to come out and watch, as I had no sitters. The 7 year old is paid in bribes to keep his sister occupied and off the field.
If you were to see my set up at Oztag, you would think I was actually some crazy lady or that I was setting up camp to live there for the week. I have to take the large jogging pram in (not to push the baby around in, but to carry all the shit I am taking in) My bounty of items, is to keep the 1 year old occupied so she doesn't try and run onto the field. I take;
3 blankets (why stop at 2) to cover a large space of grass that she can move around on depending on where we are positioned on the field
1 laptop with her favourite peppa pig dvd
1 glass piggy bank full of coins… yes this may sound strange but she will happily spend a good 20minutes putting coins in that money box and the best part is that she will not put the money in her mouth (touch wood).
1 trike and 1 scooter - For them both to ride around the grass on
1 nugget happy meal - Feeding her face with her favourite meal is guaranteed to keep her occupied
1 ball - To throw around and chase after
LASTLY 1 colouring book and pencils.
As you can see that is a lot of stuff, but the 1 year old is rather clingy to her mother and that one time I bought her out with just a snack, she literally screamed the whole game! The girls I played with, had to tag team nursing her as we subbed off…
So McDonalds really is a must, not only because I play at the time we usually eat dinner but because if I was to bring out a cooked meal, there is not a chance in hell that the meal would end up in her mouth. It would end up in the grass or thrown at her brother in protest.
So as I was saying, this week I just could not be assed playing the mum who cooks awesome meals for her kids. I did actually put in an effort Tuesday night and both kids turned their noses up at it with disgust.. me on the other hand, loved it. Apparently roast chicken and gravy with mashed sweet potatoes and vegetables just doesn't cut it. Mon and Wednesday were Maccas, Thursday I decided to do nachos because it was the easiest meal required. Although I tried to be fancy and make them with seeds and breadcrumbs instead of chicken, so it was a little more effort then usual. Last night I went to Woolies and got some enchiladas and made up a big salad. Today I am playing in a touch football carnival and you can bet your left bum cheek, that there is not a chance in hell I am going to want to cook dinner. Lucky its Saturday and the husband it is home.
So how does one get their cooking mojo back? I have a freezer of meats and a fridge of contents waiting to be served to my family from my weekly meal plan, so I really have no excuses. Tomorrow I have my Sunday cook up and I was thinking of maybe doing a couple of stews or something in the slow cooker that I can freeze, so if I do have those moments of complete laziness, I can still plate up something better than toast for the kids. Its funny though, I apologised to the 7year old for not cooking him any awesome dinners this week and he asked if we could have Enchiladas again because they were so delicious and that nachos are his favourite so could we please have them too…. Go figure. He did however say that having McDonalds Mon and Wednesday is not a good idea. I was actually blown away thinking he was going to mention something about it being unhealthy (for the record they have water not soft drink in their meals) but he then told me the reason for this is that if you have it so close together, you get the same toy... so maybe have it on Monday and then on Sunday…… (thats my boy)
I whipped up a cheesecake this week and flukily made it on National Cheesecake day… yep thats just how in sync my heart is with cheesecake and it was really good. The last one I made, I didn't whip the cream for as long as I should have and it was a little runny. This one was a great consistency and the gelatine also did its job. The last one I took to work, the gelatine set before being mixed it in and was like bits of rubber strands throughout the cake… everyone thought it was plastic. Oh and lets not forget the last one I took in, the 1 year old took a big handful out of the side, so I had to take in a cake that looked like we had eaten some already.
Tomorrow I am going to attempt to make some sushi. The 7 year old is a pretty big fan (chicken not fish) so I found a few recipes that are fructose free and thought I might give it a go. My husband bought me a sushi rolling kit for Mothers Day this year and it has been sitting in the cupboard all sad and lonely. Tomorrow seems like a wonderful day to have a play with it.
I have to share something pretty dam hilarious with you. A lesson that you all need to know. Consider this a community service announcement. A friend of mine has decided to go sugar free. She wanted to slowly ease herself into it. She made the same mistake that many of us will make. However I was lucky enough to have made this mistake a year ago when I was trying some diet of some kind. Word to the wise… never ever EVER EVER EVER indulge in sugar free lollies… Just.dont.do.it!!
Im going to leave you with the following phone conversation.