Saturday, September 23, 2017


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.

Fish fingers.
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).
Cottage pie.
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.


Cro Magnon said...

I would say your list of dishes was pretty good. Occasionally when shopping I see 'young mums' buying piles of packed ready meals (pizzas etc), and I feel so sorry for them (and their children). I love cooking, and do so every day. I also grow a lot of what we eat.

libby said...

Thank you Cro...on reflection later I realised that it wasn't too bad, we also had lots of salads and veggies. Your foodie and haddocks posts always look so lovely. I am hoping that I will cook more when I get a new kitchen next year!

Nana Go-Go said...

Don't let those 'beige' progs influence you. It's all about viewing figures with them and nothing about reality. I think you did a grand job putting out your menus for your family considering what little time you must have had after a full working week. Don't be so hard on yourself, Libs, you did a grand job.

Mrs. Splapthing said...

You cannot add yourself to the list of "mothers who are bad cooks" unless you have hot tuna casserole on the list, or "McDonalds" included as a food group. Seriously - you're FINE. 8-)

Yorkshire Pudding said...

What! You didn't feed your kids turkey twizzlers? It is every child's right to consume as many turkey twizzlers as their hearts desire. Turkey twizzlers are what made Britain great!

Pam said...

Sounds not too bad to me too!

Re Stockholm - I wonder how long you're going for and what you like to do? We bought Stockholm Passes, which cost about £100 each (argh) but did let us in to most things free ("free"). But they last three days and you really need to do three days of frantic activity to get the value out of them, or at least more than the value, which was obviously what we were after. What was a bit of a swizz was that a lot of - most of - the boat trips that we could have gone on with the SP were over for the season - at the end-ish of September. But we did go on a couple, including Under the Bridges of Stockholm, which I think is still on, and which was good. 2 and a half hours, good commentary. It was about £26 each, or would have been if we hadn't got it free with the SP, so you can see how it adds up. Most museums are about £14 each. Then there's food... After paying £35 the first day for two (nice) rolls and two coffees at a cafĂ©, we took to buying filled rolls at a supermarket and having a picnic lunch. There are lots of seats in the Stockholm street! We would recommend the Vasa Museum (big ship), the Royal Palace, the Skansen outdoor museum (though a lot of it was shut, see above), the Nobel Museum (surprisingly interesting and opposite the Royal Palace), Drottningholm Palace and the Botanics (if you're into plants). And just wandering around is nice. Stockholm tourist tat is better designed than Scottish tourist tat, though expensive. Our hotel (Hotel Hellsen) was nice, though our first room was very airless - the windows wouldn't open - and when we asked if they could possibly be opened, they moved us to a different room which had openable windows, much better. You probably didn't want to know all this! (We also bought travel cards (£40?) which allow three days of unlimited travel on buses, trams, trains and (mostly unavailable out of season) boats. Seemed good value to us, and saved hassle. Have a lovely time!

Pam said...

When I said there are a lot of seats in Stockholm street (I meant streets, plural) I meant that it's easy to picnic because you can sit down. Mind you, we had nice weather. There are also picnic tables in the Vasa Museum, in a side room.

libby said...

Thank you Pam.....we were provisionally booked into the same Hotel but also booked to fly with Monarch so now we won't be going!..maybe in the new year so thank you for the information.

Pam said...

Oh no!!!!!

sensibilia said...

Your meals sound much the same as mine. It was all cottage pies, spag bol, braising steak (a recipe passed down from both sets of grandparents). We ate at the kitchen table and made cakes occasionally.

auntiegwen said...

I grew a 6 foot 6 son on my repertoire of heating up ��

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I , too , must confess that none of my children ever saw a chia seed till they left home!

Twenty seven.

For now anyway.