It’s been a busy week, but there’s always time for cooking. We still need to eat midst the chaos of the day.
Slow cooker lamb curry/broth ; bone in lamb steaks, cinnamon, star anise, cumin, coriander, chilli, grated fresh ginger, garlic, carrot, chick peas, carrot, pumpkin, chopped dried apricots, cider vinegar, water.
Pumpkin, sweet potato and red lentil soup
Apple, black currant and gooseberry crumble with gluten free almond, hazelnut and sunflower seed topping
Finally, here’s a copy of a post I wrote for the big swell yesterday.
the white stuff; sweet confessions from the parenting from line
If you’ve read my blog you’ll know I spend a fair bit of time thinking, making, photographing (dreaming) of food. I figure with all that going on it’s best to try and keep the worrying about food to a minimum (with 4 young kids I’m eager to keep the worrying to a minimum full stop). I do my best to give my kids a nutrient dense diet of real food and if some days my best doesn’t quite look like the stuff food-dreams are made of then I try not to sweat it. The small people appear to be thriving even if I’m not soaking their grains, or giving them too many second helpings of leafy greens. However, there is one food that I do stress about a little, and that’s sugar.
As a reader of Nourishing Traditions’ (Sally Fallon) and a real food activist I feel like I am confessing a sin saying this, but here goes…‘I feed my kids sugar (in moderation)…but probably every day’. There, I’ve said it.
I’m aware sugar is at best an empty food (nutrient wise), so should it have any place in a family diet? Why not cut it out completely? Maybe in an ideal world then yes, but in (my) real world, whilst I’ve found it easy to keep sugar to a minimum, I haven’t cut it out completely. I’m not even sure if I want to.
It’s been easy to;
Stick to water and milk for drinks.
Ditch processed yogurts and have live natural yogurt topped with fruit.
Ditch highly sugared cereals.
Stick to real food, cook stuff from scratch, stay away from most processed stuff.
But the sugar creeps in here…
- Baking. Baking is at the heart of our home. It’s the answer to ‘what can we have next?’ as well as, in my opinion, to many other questions. I do make some sugar free stuff but generally a few spoons of sugar will make a cake. You can read more of my love of cake here along with some great nutrient dense cake recipes like prune, chia, chocolate and beetroot cake.
- Baked beans. We love beans on toast. Especially awesome after a morning playing sport. Or for a rainy lunch. With cheese.
- Jam. The kids love jam. If allowed there would only be one sandwich filling and it would start with J.
- Chocolate. We just have it around. We don’t gorge on it but we’re no strangers to it.
- Cafe treats. I like to go out for a mid morning coffee sometimes (often). It helps with sanity. The kids get fluffies with marshmallows… and then there are the cute little kiddo cupcakes, barely the size of a postage stamp, lolly on top….and the not so postage stamp sized brownies… I think I’d rather just skip the coffee and stay at home than go in there and not let the kids indulge a little. That’s just me. This post is not about what’s right and wrong (which isn’t my style anyway) it’s about being honest about my reality.
- Ice creams on sunny days.
- Ice creams on days when we all need an ice-cream
So that’s my family life in terms sugar. I’m still figuring out if I’m happy with it or if I need to cut it back further. But for every time I read an article that makes me feel that feeding my kids the sweet stuff is akin to letting them pop outside for a smoke, then I think of the simple joy of seeing a little face covered in ice-cream on a sunny day. It might be empty nutritionally but it sure can be good for the soul. I think someone once said something very profound about moderation.. perhaps we just need to get back to that?