My kids think (wait I take that back – they do not think). My kids are convinced that because I stay home, when they return from school there should be warm fresh cookies/ bread/ biscuits (whatever) coming out from the oven waiting for them. And after that I should smile and happily ask them about what they would like for dinner (typical answers will be – biryani, karhai and parhatas, lasagna, – vegetables are persona non grata), which I must then proceed to cook.
They also ask why the woman (Nigella Lawson) on the Food Network, looks so good while cooking. Why can’t I dress up and serve food in small cute ramekins? Why does my food not have oozing chocolate. Why can’t I make a three course dinner, that way they would eat their vegetables? Why can’t they bake with me? Why don’t we have matching dinner plates, napkins, candles like Martha?
I hate Siri and now Food TV is on my list too. I watch master chef, I know how to all the exotic sauces from scratch, that doesn’t mean I am going to do it! There is only so much I can do. I oooh and ahhhh at the TV chefs, and the art they create, of course escargot with ruffles is never enough to fill the stomachs of 3 famished kids home from a long day at school where they do not tire but somehow manage to get more hyper. Sometimes I think they feed my kids sugar at school!
I try and explain that I do not have an army of people running around chopping ingredients for me. Or cleaning up and washing dishes. I do not have a fortune to spend on dishes that match after they break a dinner plate almost every week. I explain, that I do work (I freelance) and I do not sit all day and watch TV. That being said I believe in a healthful, nutritious meal cooked from scratch for my kids. And I do mange it most nights.
Here is on of my favorites, my kids love it as well – Fish in tomato Sauce
- Saute onions and methi seeds (fenugreek) in hot oil.
- Then add ginger paste, garlic paste, chilli, turmeric and zeera seeds (cumin).
- Saute until the smell has gone and add diced tomatoes – let it all cook.
- Once it starts getting brown add the fish fillets and let it simmer.
- Do not cover pot, leave for a while depending on the type of fish.
- Turn the fish at least twice so it cooks well on both sides – try not to turn too often as it might start flaking.
- Leave pot open until fish is done and then add chopped coriander leaves and green chili and cover pot leave on low flame so flavor engulfs the fish.
Enjoy a healthful meal in 15 minutes, nothing frozen, or out of a box. Just yummy. You could add a baked potato to go with the fish as a side, I usually slice potatoes really tin and bake them on 475 C for 35 min sprinkled with pepper, salt and olive oil. Or just boil some brown rice and spoon the sauce and fish over it.
This actually does impress my kids and I can cook the meal dressed up in nice clothes. It’s a win – win.
Try it and post pics.