Thanks for landing in my little blog pad -I hope you can take some time out to sit down, relax and browse through ‘food for little souls’.
Maybe you are here because you love food or maybe you are just needing some inspiration for dinner, or maybe you are tearing your hair out trying to get a child to eat just one vegetable and trying to convince your child that the lovely pasta and peas IS NOT POISON.
I know that the latter happens in our house and was the instigator for this blog site. I needed a place to vent, share, celebrate and commiserate the challange that is feeding a family.
My name is Natalie, Nat, Fatcat, Eisy (just to name a few of my nicknames)
To my children i am Mum, Maa, Daa (when they are confused) and when they are showing cheek – Natalie.
I enjoy eating, looking, cooking, and talking about food.
I thrive on being creative and get inspired by beautiful things, beautiful friends and the future.
I am terrible at maths, sticking to one task and have a nasty habit of playing out worst case scenarios in my head.
I love to share my thoughts, winner meals and experiences of my life through food.
I do not bite, and i love your stories and feedback too.
I have always held a passion for food, cooking, nutrition and of course eating. It has evolved over the years and changed in many ways, but the common thread is always there. i love food!
When my son arrived in 2008 this did not change a great deal. We were blessed with a good eater and apart from moving our family meal times to what seemed at first to be an obscenely early time of 530pm, not much else needed to be altered.
In 2011 that all changed. My smugness of what a ‘fine eater’ i had created in my son was quickly diminished when my beautiful daughter was born. Once we set of on the journey of solids at around 5 months, i quickly discovered that this girl had other ideas on how dinner time should be. What was once a carefree easy meal between two adults and a preschooler became a slinging match of risotto, soup, mashed veg, bolognaise and pasta to name a few. I struggled to find a meal that she loves. Vegetable intake is minimal and fruit intake is close behind. Dinner time is often hard work and whilst i try not to think of the ‘S’ on the ‘F’ word, it is often ‘Stressful’ and ‘Fatiguing’
For the first time in my life, my favourite past-time was fast becoming my ‘hate-time’. Even with a love of food and cooking i started to dread the afternoons when i must head into the kitchen and don the apron for the evening battle.
So it got me searching, reading and researching. I have a gazillion cookbooks, food magazines and obviously the whole foodie world at my fingertips through the internet – so i sat down, regrouped and decided to put some real effort into finding a meal that pleases all the mouths in our family. The result – Massive FAIL.
My little Miss 14 months (as she was at the time) was still not interested in what i was serving her and would not even try an ounce of it (stubborn little girl – wonder where she gets that from?). But all kids are different and i am determined to keep offering her a variety of healthy foods. I’ve seen a quote that i love
‘It is your job to provide a healthy meal – It is their job to eat it’
This really helped and gave me some focus and encouragement to stick to my guns and not waiver in the challenge. It has worked. Ever so S.L.O.W.L.Y. She still does not eat a huge variety but she does try things now, so we are getting somewhere.
It also got me thinking of the other old catch cry
“one mans trash is another mans treasure”
What does not work on my lot, may work on another. Kids are all so different in their likes and dislikes, so i decided to share our experiences with food. The good, the bad and the ugly. Who know’s maybe our failures will be your successes.
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I hope you enjoy it!