It happens every once is a while... I get sooo bored of cooking the same food, sooo bored of eating the same food. Bored of shopping for the same food even.
So when it happens, out come the recipe books and the conflict management manuals (the boys are not adventurous eaters and the dinner table turns into a negotiating table... the Middle East problems pale in comparison to trying to convince my children to eat something with 'mustard' for example. Blackmails, monetary and time on the computer incentives are common currencies. Sometimes threats if I think that a new level of ridiculous excuses has been reached. Never actual physical violence... yet.)
Seriously, how hard must it be to like 'chicken soup'. Ok, the dumplings might not be for everyone... but chicken soup???
No 1 ate the chicken only, no soup or dumplings.
No 2 ate the chicken and the dumplings but not the soup
No 3 ate the chicken and the soup but not the dumplings.
(Mr M ate everything, he's learnt what's good for him!)
The recipe was from "Mad Hungry, feeding men and boys", by Lucinda Scala Quinn.
Two days later I went on the attack again: we had chicken and bacon pie (ok, ok, I realise it's chicken again...).
No 1 loved it. Miracles do happen.
No 2 complained and ate it begrudgingly - I suspect it was hunger more than anything else that made him.
No 3 didn't like the sauce (!!) or the puff pastry (!!).
Mr M is on schedule for a big Christmas present because he ate it all once again.
I ate the leftovers for lunch with green beans. Delicious.
The recipe this time came from "Pieminister, a pie for all seasons" by Tristan Hogg and Jon Simon.
I am not giving up my campaign... their taste buds will be trained.
I'm thinking 'chilli' next... any good (easy) recipe I should try?