Miss Three would live on a diet of cheese and bacon rolls if she could.
Cheese and bacon rolls and plain toast. Oh, and cheese sticks. How could I forget the cheese sticks? She begs me for them sixty times a day*.
With a distressed tone in her voice and a pained expression on her face, she’ll follow me around the kitchen begging for food.
Offerings of fruit or vegies are met with the utmost disgust.
‘Puh-leeeease mummy, I’m hungry, but not thaaaat hungry. Just give me the cheese and bacon roll and no one has to lose their shit.’
Of course she doesn’t say that, but that’s inevitably what happens. It’s either her or me that loses it.
The battle of mum versus the threenager seems to play on repeat at the moment and we’re all just hanging in there on this roller coaster ride.
When I was gifted the Kindy Kitchen kids’ recipe book last week, I clutched onto it as if it was made of pure gold. This, my friends, would be the answer to my woes.
The book is jam-packed with fun and delicious fruit and vegie recipes (30, in fact) for parents to create with kids, plus it’s peppered with entertaining and highly imaginative stories and illustrations.
Miss Five sat down with me straight away and we read the book from front to back in one sitting. While she deliberated over what we would create first, Miss Three remained disinterested.
Miss Five chose the rainbow serpent for our first creation and I set about chopping up watermelon, rockmelon and honeydew to make a fruity-licious snake.
Of course my rainbow serpent looked more like a poor excuse for a worm on its last legs. I was quick to realise that not only can I not replicate cakes from Pinterest, but my fruit sculpting also leaves much to be desired.
Nevertheless, my cheer squad thought it was the best dang thing they’ve ever seen in their lives.
As I placed the colourful
worm serpent onto the kids’ table, Miss Three sauntered over from where she was lying dramatically on her Dora couch allegedly fading away through lack of nourishment, i.e, cheese and bacon rolls.
I didn’t even have to convince my darling little ratbag to eat the fruit. I gave her a fork and she jolly well tucked into that fruity serpent without any coaxing required.
Gone within seconds, the girls asked me to make something else. I opted for the very easy grape necklace – a quick win for a novice like me.
On a roll, I became cocky and upped the level of difficulty. I decided to try … the apple cockatoo recipe.
I busily cut, shaped, balanced and tooth-picked until I created, without much trouble at all, a pretty decent looking apple cockatoo. The girls liked it so much they nearly came to fisticuffs over who was going to eat it.
Fisticuffs … over fruit. Have you ever?
And if that wasn’t crazy enough, later that day Miss Three pulled a carrot out of our vegie patch, asked me to wash it, and ate it fresh from the garden. My world has gone mad.
I don’t know how long this is going to last, but I’m going to be pumping out these fruit and vegie creations as long as the kids keep lapping them up.
Oh and guess what? Thanks to HarperCollins, I have two copies of Kindy Kitchen to giveaway to two lucky Mummy, Wife, Me readers.
Kindy Kitchen is written by Jessica Rosman a qualified pre-school teacher and advocate of healthy eating. Kindy Kitchen is packed with illustrated rhymes and 30 juicy recipes.
All you need to do is tell me in the comments the funniest/craziest thing you’ve done to convince your child to eat fruit or vegies.
Congratulations to Amy and Ingrid, the winners of the Kindy Kitchen competition.
Terms and conditions
– This giveaway is only open to Australian residents (excluding ACT).
– This giveaway closes at 8pm AEST on Monday 14 December.
– Winners will be contacted via email on Tuesday 15 December.
– This is a game of skill. The most interesting answer as judged by a panel will be deemed a winner.
Mummy, Wife, Me received a copy of Kindy Kitchen to review. As always, all opinions are my own.
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*Exaggeration. It’s more like 50 times a day.