For folks like me who grew up listening to Isaignani Ilayaraja songs, the phrase “என்ன சமையலோ!!!” immediately conjures up the song from உன்னால் முடியும் தம்பி Unnal Mudiyum Thambi) with Kamal Hassan and Manorama. An amazing song that is composed using multiple raagas, it was(and still is) a joy to watch and listen. For folks not familiar with this song, do take a minute to enjoy this composition. Others can still F5 their memory!!!
A cliff-notes version to this song – Basically, the people in the house are tired of the lady’s(in yellow saree) cooking and are teasing her for that. So she throws a challenge to them to try cooking for one day as she also would like a break.
These days I am constantly reminded of this song, mostly ‘cos of all the time I spend in the kitchen. Mind you, I love cooking and trying out new recipes and I do have a fair share of new recipes to boast about. However, that all changes when you are constantly thinking about the next creative, kid-friendly -healthy – that-is-not-junk-yet-fun meal!!
Vidyuth and Vishruth have developed this habit where the first question they ask when they wake up is “What’s for lunch to school today” and if that’s not enough, they ask about the next meal while they are having their current one. And let me tell you, this constant line of questioning – “Whats for brkfast, then what’s for lunch, Whats for school lunch and snacks, what’s for evening snacks and finally what’s for dinner” is making my head spin, literally!!!
I typically try to make their meals balanced but making almost close of 7+ meals a day (including snacks and the like) is making me grasping at straws in a desperate attempt @ survival…Yeah, yeah, I know I am being over dramatic but what’s a gal like me to do in a situation like this? Anything closely resembling to south/north indian food that is not thatchi mammu (curd rice), radish and/or beans for veggies, sambhar rice, dosas, idli, chapathi (plain or with cheese) etc etc, has them raising a hue and cry. I try to explain to them that all we ate when we were kids esp. on weekdays- rice mostly and some lucky weekends will see us having yummy poori, bajji and other delectable still Indian snacks/foods.
I am not sure if it is the marketing or their exposure to different cultures and food choices that they see in their friend’s boxes, they definitely don’t consider poori or bajji as snacks. For them snacks are Oreos, Nuggets, Wafers and thank god for this, fruits. Here’s how their modified food pyramid looks like……
So I have taken to resorting to sneaking finely grated carrots into chapati and adding cheese so as to make ‘quesidilla’ or making alfredo pasta with multi-colored veggies or finally snooping so low where I bribe them with dessert/chocolate/or whatever they like in order for them to finish their food. I also make sure that only one of the meals is indian a.k.a rice/chapathi…..in the event it is going to be rice for lunch and dinner (cos i am too tired or plain bored), i give them advance notice…….sounds funny isn’t it…..it sure did to my parents when they were visiting us.
The way I have made peace with myself is as long as they get a good amount of carbs, proteins, vitamins, calcium, and have an active childhood, I am fine if they get all that in a cheese sandwich and omelet……… the major PLUS for me with these foods is it cuts back on the time I spend in the kitchen and gives me more time with the kids. I just hope this is a phase and will soon pass……..cos I am out of ideas to make creative yet healthy meals. If anyone out there is sailing in the same boat as me right now, pls swap with me your ideas for snacks and meals!!!
Isn’t Food Glorious, as long as someone is cooking it??
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