I've just been given a halogen convection oven so I'm playing with it to see what I can make.
Tonight I'm trying mozzarella stuffed chicken with a pesto marinade with roasted Mediterranean veg
From first principles or M&S?
We're having Corned Beef Hash ~ and it's all Nick's fault!
This version I trust
No ~ and it was bloody awful.
One child doesn't like melted cheese, one can't eat tomatoes or anything containing them, one child will not eat onions, two children dislike anything with herbs and spices in and so it goes on. My answer, when I cook, is to cook what I like and also prepare fish fingers (or sausages) and chips for all those who whine "I don't like this". SWMBO would rather create a huge fuss, start an argument with the children about their, to her mind, irrational likes and dislikes, give in by removing various bits and pieces from any recipe leaving, for example, the corned beef hash as simply mashed potato and corned beef stirred together, served with carrots and cabbage (to make the point that the children MUST eat vegetables) and then sit through a sulky, unpleasant, miserable meal. When I have finished my plateful of this culinary masterpiece I then retire to another room and put on a CD (loudly) whilst she sits at the table for a further two hours determined that the children will finish every last cold mouthful before she releases them. Tears before bedtime ~ never a good idea in my opinion ~ but what do I know? I'm only the father.
Personally I would rather give them what they will eat (within reason), cook what we like for me and her and wait for the children to grow up and develope a taste for the finer things in life. This is a cause of much debate twixt SWMBO and self in which I stand accused of "giving in" and I maintain that she cannot cook anyway. Her standard reply to this charge is that I eat whatever she puts in front of me and I am forced to remind her that after growing up during rationing and then serving in HM forces there is nothing I am not capable of eating when I have to and at least by eating the weird things she sometimes prepares I am being supportive in front of the children.