My five-year-old took one look at it and declared: “I don’t want you to make it ever again”.
And as much as I tried to stay positive and smile inside I was screaming: “Just eat your dinner, please!”.
The dinnertime battles are becoming a familiar scene in our home. Before Christmas we had fallen into a routine of eating the same set meals as, admittedly, I just couldn’t face the teatime showdowns.
But I started the year determined to mix things up and to try new meals. (Not that I’d consider a pasta bake a culinary adventure).
I’ve dug out the slow cooker and made more from scratch only to be greeted with disdain by the children who’d rather eat waffles and fish fingers. I have had many plates pushed away with a sneer only to be asked for a dessert two minutes later.
It’s exhausting but I want to stick to my plan. I don’t want us to be making different meals for everyone. I want us to sit together around our dining room table and share a meal and our stories from the day. And I want our children to grow up enjoying a variety of foods.
I’ll just need patience and determination to get there.
Now, who’s helping me with the dishes?
What are your tips for family friendly dinners? What are your fail safe recipes? I’d love to know.