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Foods that unreasonably gross you out...

There aren't many things that just gross me out; personal dislikes, of course but not much that I just can't be near but tripe. Oh my good and holy God. The look is bad enough but the smell! *retch*

And oysters or any other food that looks like I might've been able to sneeze it. Yuck.

I do have to say though that it took me a LONG time to get ok with eggs again after I learned what it was I was eating. My daughter devours them like nothing else (especially duck, soft boiled with asparagus dunkers) but sometimes I still can't stomach them. And hard boiled is just beyond evil.

As an aside: for years I've wondered what root beer was, but I think it must be like our dandelion and burdock? It's not bad, but I don't drink lots of fizzy juice. Maybe a 2 litre bottle a year or so? It just gives me a sore belly.

Feb 25, 2012
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Tell Me About Your Favorite "Square Meal?"

I have to say, I'm really loving chowbaby.

I love hearing stories of other children who are interested in cooking. It's so inspiring! She's learning to read so obviously can't reel off a recipe yet, but I think I said further up the thread that I'd found her tucked up in bed looking at the pictures in my recipe books.

It's also much more than cooking in that they're learning math, reading, science and lots more without them realising.

I'm really glad I found this forum, you're all really lovely :-)

Feb 24, 2012
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Tell Me About Your Favorite "Square Meal?"

That's exactly what it's like!

Feb 24, 2012
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Tell Me About Your Favorite "Square Meal?"

Was in the middle of replying to this earlier and my phone died. How annoying! It's probably best not to get me started on the subject of children's diets though, it's a subject very close to my heart :-)

I totally understand that some children are more sensitive to different tastes, particularly the strong ones. I watched a documentary not too long ago and they said there was a gene which dictated whether or not a person would like the really strong 'green' taste of brussels sprouts and other veggies like that. Some people find them so bitter, others (like my little one) can't get enough of them. I know, I really lucked out!

And I hate it when parents automatically say that their kids don't like a certain item - whether it's so that they don't have to spend the money or whether they can't be bothered. My cousin was having dinner at our house when she was around 15/16. My mum asked her if she liked pork and she answered by asking ' what's pork?'. She'd never been given it in case she liked it so that her parents didn't have to buy it.

Or when adults feed themselves the best of the best and serves their children rubbish. I actually read someone say once, I buy fish fingers from M&S for me and my husband and just buy the generic, guffy Tesco ones for the kids. My monster eats the same as I do! How do people think that their children will learn to eat properly if they've been brought up on nothing but junky food?

It's the pride on their little faces when they prepare a meal, isn't it? It's the best thing in the world.

Thank you very much - I would love it if you could give me some recipes for her. I know she would too!

Feb 24, 2012
ellabakes in General Topics

Tell Me About Your Favorite "Square Meal?"

They are fantastic, aren't they! Can also be made with bacon but that reminds me a bit more of a baked potato dish - potatoes boulangere. Makes more of a meal with the sausage, I think.

In fact, I may have it for supper tonight!

Feb 24, 2012
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Tell Me About Your Favorite "Square Meal?"

Ah bless, yes it definitely was one of the best meals! Do you ever get the feeling where your loved ones are doing something, completely consumed (and if they're anything like my daughter, they'll have their tongue stuck out as well!), and when you look at them you just feel the biggest rush of love? Very proud mummy.

Feb 24, 2012
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Tell Me About Your Favorite "Square Meal?"

She's five now and she's definitely one of us! I walked past her bedroom the other night and, instead of sleeping, she was sat up pouring over one of my recipe books. Lol.

She was weaned on what we eat, a favourite being braised steak with mashed potatoes, mushrooms and onions - something her dad's dad couldn't understand: why waste that food on a baby!? Waste!! She loved it! And I do have to admit to chuckling when she wouldn't eat a jar of baby 'food' that his mother opened.

She asked if she could make dinner the other night and I agreed. We settled on chow mein, not a really authentic recipe, but one that was easier for her to follow. She wrote down what she needed, walked around the shop basket in one hand, purse in the other and got what she needed. Then she stood patiently chopping (with scissors) and mixing the sauce. She of course proclaimed it the best meal she'd ever eaten.

Feb 19, 2012
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The Cost of Cream Circa February 2012

A quart's just under a litre, isn't it? It's around £1.90 a litre here or just over $3.

My point for posting is that my favourite ice cream is very simple; half milk, half cream and a handful or two of sugar to taste.

Would make it slightly cheaper for you?

Feb 18, 2012
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Tell Me About Your Favorite "Square Meal?"

I certainly am; my little one is the same. She'll devour anything with relish (not in the condiment sense!) and savour it.

That's exactly what it is. And, like you said, I can make it till I'm blue in the face but it'll never taste like hers. Memories taste best!

Feb 18, 2012
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Tell Me About Your Favorite "Square Meal?"

Do you know what? I'm not actually sure I can choose!

I love everything from pot roast pork with baby potatoes (speciality in my local area) and veg to chicken breast with cous cous and roast 'summer' veg; roast leg of lamb; lasagne; spaghetti bolognese; cottage pie; lovely steak and trimmings; chicken chorizo and bean bake; stir fries; and who doesn't love a beautiful roast chicken?

But the meal that reminds me of growing up is what my Grannie called 'phanaki'. I'm not sure where it came from but it's a type of stew she'd make for us when we were growing up and it involved sliced sausage (not sausages that you get in links from the butcher, but Scottish sliced sausage), fried in a pan then removed. Then you'd fry off some sliced onions, add the meat back to the pan and cover with lots of sliced potatoes. Season each layer with salt and pepper and pour over some hot water and leave to cook till the potatoes are soft and the juices are all mingling together and delish. Served with plenty of buttered plain bread. Not exactly healthy fare, but yum!

What can I say, I'm a guzzler :-p

Feb 18, 2012
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Was your mom a timid cook?

That is SO funny!!

When my mum asks you to put the oven on, you don't need to ask what temperature she'd like - it's ALWAYS 180! I don't think the poor beast could go any higher.

Feb 11, 2012
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