Sarah from Nyom Nyoms is a full time mummy of 2 little children, Noah (6) and Matilda (4). She lives in Bushey (about 20-30 minutes outside of London), and is passionate about children’s clothing and interiors, and easy-to-prepare dishes. Here is her dinnertime story!
Ok…let me begin this by saying that when I was asked by Esther to guest post my dinnertime rituals, I was thrilled!! So that night, when pesto pasta was on the menu, the camera came out hoping I could get some great snapshots. The kids were enthusiastic to help. Fantastic, I thought, I should get some fab pictures! Then within the next 10 mintutes my son Noah smashed one of my favourite glasses after I’d told him to calm down for about the fifth time, one of the cats was sick over the kitchen floor and the pan of water cooking the pasta boiled over and put out the gas on the hob….which I hadn’t noticed!! I became monster mummy!!!! Aggghhhhhh!!! Of course it isn’t always like this, but some days it is…
Most days we have dinner together as a family at the dining room table, at around 5.30pm. That way I feel the kids have some time after to digest their food before the whole bed and bath routine begins. My husband doesn’t cook, so during the week it’s down to me, and usually I’ll try and cook something we all eat, although at times this can prove very hard! Some of our favourites are, of course pasta, (who doesn’t love it, adult or child!), chicken schnitzel with crispy potatoes, and we love a roast!
Sometimes the kids do help me to prepare dinner, although to be honest they are usually fairly tired from school and prefer to either watch a movie or do some drawing. We do bake together though when time is not such an issue.
Friday night is take out night, and it’s a real treat for the kids as we sit around the coffee table on big floor cushions in the lounge with the food laid out on the table for everyone to try. I think it’s a great way for the kids to taste new and different things that they wouldn’t maybe try if their food was served up for them on their plate.
At weekends we always eat out, usually a big lunch, so evening tea would be something like beans on toast or a good sausage sandwich.
As I mentioned before, one of our favourite meals is a roast which I usually cook on a Monday as over the weekend we’re usually out and about and we have no after school clubs that day. Yorkshire puddings have to be on the kids’ plates otherwise it’s more than my life’s worth! So here is my fail safe recipe for Yorkshire Pudding:
- 5 heaped tablespoons of plain flour
- 2 eggs
- pinch of salt
- Enough milk until the batter is the consistency of double cream
You can prepare this batter as far in advance in the day as you like!
Heat your oven to 200 degrees and place a muffin tin with a little oil into each compartment into the oven for about 10 mins….you need the oil to be really hot!!
In a large measuring jug (this makes it easier to pour into the hot tin) add the flour, make a well in the middle of the flour and add 2 eggs and a pinch of salt. Gently start to whisk this together then slowly add the milk until it’s the consistency of double cream. Bake for approximately 40-50 mins until huge and golden brown!!! Yum!