There are lots of cookery programmes on TV at the moment and I do enjoy watching most of them, but of late, they are making me feel uncomfortable. The talk is always about how families cooking and eating together are just traditional and wonderful and are to be found in every house in the land, passing down recipes, teaching each other, trying new things, eating fabulous fresh home cooked food and generally winning big golden stars for nourishing children in the best way.
All the time.
I really do feel that I let my family down.
I can't cook. I was a working mom. I am surprised that they grew and thrived now that I look back and think about it.We did used to make beefburgers from scratch sometimes but not very often...and we did make cakes periodically but so much was just quick and easy and probably from the freezer.
I did ensure that when the kids were at home we always sat at the (kitchen) table to eat, but mostly what we ate was not 'cooking'...not 'proper' food.
I am ashamed.
Gammon steaks with tinned tomatoes.
Baked potatoes with grated cheese and beans (although this is still my favourite meal).
Pasta with pesto (packet and jar).
Bacon and eggs.
Cheese on toast.
Ham sandwich with crisps and yogurt for afters.
Fish and chips on Friday.
Then a roast beef dinner every Sunday.
That was it. How I fed my beloved children.
Hanging head in shame.