Two things you might want to know about me:
1. I love food. All it takes is one look at me to know that I love food. And as the old joke goes "food loves me, too."
I love going out to eat. Fancy restaurants. Not so fancy restaurants. Mom and Pop places. As long as the food is good. And especially if the chef is inspired.
Unfortunately, our opportunities to go out to eat have been severely limited since having children, by both time and money.
2. I learned to cook and bake as a child. I've always preferred baking. Probably because I also like to lick the bowl. I've made fancy gingerbread houses and villages. I taught my self to decorate cakes. And I'm still in search of the perfect peanut butter cookie recipe.
When I married into a Jewish family I embraced their holidays and the importance of food attached to them. I learned to make chicken soup with matzoh balls, the ultimate brisket, and latkes, to name a few.
So knowing those two things you might assume that I love to feed my family.
Well, I have a secret to tell you.
Shhh...don't tell anyone.
Come a little closer.
I HATE COOKING FOR MY CHILDREN!
OMG, but I hate cooking for my children. They are the biggest pains in the ass to cook for. So much so that I have stopped cooking for them almost entirely. I have lost all inspiration. We eat chicken nuggets, mac 'n cheese, hot dogs, PB&J and cereal 90% of the time.
And even when I have the time and actually put enough thought into an actual meal so that I've been to the market and have what I need to make it, I still hate cooking it. Because I know they probably won't eat it. Actually, there is a 98% chance Kiel won't even try it, and a 75% chance Noah will say he doesn't like it (even if he did two weeks ago). And if Noah won't eat it there is a 30% chance the result is going to be a meltdown with launching of food.
See why I hate cooking for my kids?
Tell me again why they need to eat every day?
This "uninspired" post was inspired by this month's From Left to Write book club selection, Lunch in Paris. I was provided with a free copy of the book to participate in the book club, but I was not otherwise compensated for this post.