The Cynical Dad – Food

I fancied a little treat this evening, so I went to the fridge to get one of those sugar-laced yogurts with the little biscuit balls in the corner.

“Nice one! A strawberry (flavoured) yogurt with biscuit (like) pieces covered in white chocolate (flavouring) – that’ll do nicely,” I thought.

First one – gone off. Next one – same. Five of the feckers, all well past their expiry date.

“Do we not eat the pink ones anymore??” I opened the subject to the room.

“Nah, no-one likes ’em.” came the mumbled response.


And now none of them eat them. For no apparent reason. Well, at least they agree on something.

That got me thinking about the restaurant kitchen in our house, and how it has changed. I used to cook one big meal and have everyone dig in. Like Lasagne for example. Everyone took a slab and devoured it, and all was well with the world.

Then one day, the youngest bit into a piece of pasta that was hard (hadn’t been smothered in white saucey goodness), and there ended her association with the cheesy Italian dish.

Next, middle child decided he didn’t like it any more (loves pasta, and spaghetti Bolognese, and cheese; just not in the Lasagne setting). So now we’re down to 1 child who will eat it.

Same story with sweet & sour chicken – 1 out of 3 finds it acceptable.

And meatballs – again, 1 out of 3 (but a different 1).

And chicken curry – can get 2 out of 3 to eat that, if the stars align.

I thought the sacred roast chicken dinner was a safe bet, but no – youngest eats potatoes and stuffing, but on separate plates; middle child eats pretty much all of it – meat, spuds, roast veg (this is my victory); eldest sometimes eats the chicken and roast carrots, sometimes doesn’t eat any.

Our parents’ generation had the rule of cooking one meal with the ‘take it or leave it’ attitude. Did any of us ever leave it? I suspect those that did, didn’t live to tell the tale! Meanwhile, I’m cooking 2 or 3 different meals in the hope of appeasing the mini gods that rule over the kitchen.

Am I the only one that does this? Am I crazy? When did the adults lose control??!!

I have carried on the ancient wisdom of insisting a plate is cleared before any suggestions of desserts/treats are made, therefore counteracting the obesity and diabetes epidemics – you’re welcome Health Service Executive!

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