Dinner with Stephanie from Babyccino Kids

We try and sit down at 6:00pm everynight and have a family dinner. I would like to be able to have it earlier during the week but my husband doesn’t get home until 6:00pm and I think its important that he gets to have dinner with the kids and we can all talk about our day. We always have dinner at the dinner table. Our dining room is off the kitchen and has windows that completely open all around it so in the summer we have the windows open so it feels like we are outside. It’s a really relaxed place to eat. I love it!

Dinner is usually fuss free in our house. I don’t spend a lot of time preparing dinner and we mostly eat homemade food. If we have take-away we would buy fish and chips. My husband makes a mean pizza which is far better than a take-away pizza so if we feel like pizza we would have homemade. Eating out in New Zealand is expensive so for us we only eat out for special occasions. I have no problem with taking the kids to a restaurant though as we would often take them out when we lived in Holland and they are well behaved (most of the time!).

We are quite strict on manners at the table and the kids have to ask to leave the table. They also have to eat everything on their plate. Unless they really don’t like it and they have at least tried it. My daughter will eat pretty much anything (except lettuce!) but my son is a bit more picky. He is getting better the older he gets though. If they don’t eat much dinner they know there is no more food until the morning. The kids usually have plain unsweetened yoghurt with chocolate sprinkles for dessert. In the weekends we may have ice-cream as a treat.

In the summer I love to have salad for dinner with chicken or prawns on top. As the kids don’t like salad I would steam vegetables for them to go with the prawns or chicken and we would have a thick slice of bread on the side. At the moment I am loving prawn salad with a lime coriander chilli dressing. I just use whatever salad ingredients I have in the fridge. I added a nectarine to it the other week and it was amazing. Here is the recipe for the dressing:

  • zest and juice of 2 small limes (our rental house came with a lime tree in the backyard, yay!)
  • teaspoon chilli paste
  • 2 teaspoons coriander paste
  • 1cm grated ginger
  • 1 spring onion finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

Mix all the ingredients together and add more lime juice or lemon juice to get the right consistency.

Sushi is a family favourite in our house.  I wrote about it here. I would have to say though that the most eaten meal in our house due to the quick preparation time is spagetti bolognese!

Stephxo

7 COMMENTS - Add your own

1. Lily | March 27, 2012 | Reply

I think it’s so nice how dinner in your house is such a family affair and that you can all eat together. Your kids are gorgeous by the way, such lovely hair.

2. Justyn | March 27, 2012 | Reply

Love this post and the images of the New Zealand summer in the background. We will be moving to New Zealand (south island) in 8 months and I always eagerly gobble up your posts!

3. Esther in Amsterdam | March 27, 2012 | Reply

Your garden looks like a jungle! Amazing! Thanks for the dressing recipe — I will definitely use it soon! (We had lunch in the garden the other day so we’re getting somewhere!) xxx

4. Emilie in Paris | March 27, 2012 | Reply

The recipe looks delicious, Thank you! I love the beautiful red hair on your kids!

5. Estelle | March 28, 2012 | Reply

More recipe ideas, thank you! Our 2 boys aren’t salad lovers either, so I’ll definitely be trying this recipe. We haven’t really tried sushi very often, but I think now our youngest is nearly 2 we’ll give it a try again.

6. Danielle | March 30, 2012 | Reply

I like how you say you don’t spend a lot of time on dinner but you eat home made all in the same sentence. Because it IS possible to eat from scratch without getting stuck in the kitchen!

7. Courtney in London | April 2, 2012 | Reply

Steph, your kids are so gorgeous!! And I love your dining room with all the windows open onto the garden. Such a bright, happy space.
We should get together one day and have a pizza bake off! :) xx

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