Fussy eaters – born or bred?

Meal times chez Pebbles are like a war zone – “Eat this.” “No!” “Try that” “You can’t make me!”

Basically tea time (thank goodness he’s at school now so they have to deal with lunch) is a battle of wills with tears and tantrums instead of nice chats about everyone’s day.







I now take the easy option and just serve him up what I know he’ll eat whereas his sister will eat whatever we are eating which should be the norm.  No amount of bribery, cajoling, or grown up discussions have helped.  He just refuses to try anything that he doesn’t think he likes.  I hide a lot of vegetables in pesto so I do at least know he’s getting a varied diet however I just would like to be able to go to a restaurant and for him to eat more than pasta/pesto or bread.

Helpful friends say; “Have you tried no desert until he’s finished his mains?” – of course I have and do.  “Have you tried making faces with the food on his plate?” – yes, i’ve read all the helpful books too, yes.  “Have you tried, have you tried, have you tried….” YES YES YES and I just smile and take a deep breath.

So recently I was coming to my wits end again and as usual took to the internet to research for help and I came across this “A University College London study examined the eating habits of 5390 sets of twins and found that 78 per cent of fussiness is genetic and the other 22 per cent environmental.  Researchers say a child’s reluctance to try new foods is not necessarily the result of poor feeding practices, but can be partly attributed to genetics”.  

I don’t know about you but I’m going to take this as fact.  Master Pebbles is not fussy because of my bad parenting but instead due to genetics – and I think probably from his fathers genes 🙂





Happy Birthday to Me

So it’s my 35th birthday on Sunday and following on from such a phenomenal British year we are going for a dinner party with a British theme.

union jack flag british england birthday

My husband is an inspirational cook and loves nothing better than to trial and error dinner parties.  So for the past 10 days bang has gone my diet as every night is a taster for things to come.

I’m hoping this time next year I won’t be able to post about the menu before the actual occasion but seeing as it’s only my 2nd post and no one has read me yet I’m thinking to hell with the risk of guests knowing and letting the world know!!!

Last night he was boiling pigs trotters!!!  not to eat but he is going to use the gelatine for the pork pies that he’s cooking as a starter (I know pp sound like an odd starter but we’re having an English picnic for starters with scotch eggs (we tried and tested them on Sunday night – yummy runny yolks), sausage rolls (last night) and then luckily we have a night off before finished pork pies tomorrow!!!!

For his birthday in August I bought him a sous vide (you might have seen it on cooking programs – it’s a water bath) – so tonight (Wed) night at 7pm he vacuum packed the lamb and put it in to cook for 48 hours!!!

I’m bringing up the rear by doing desert.  In a rectangular shaped baking tin I will be baking a yummy cheese cake with raspberries and blueberries used to shape the Union Jack on top.

This is all topped off with English still and sparking wines from http://www.chapeldown.com/ – we went wine tasting there in August and I can’t recommend them enough – fabulous wine and a great experience.

I’ll let you know how the gelatine turns out!!! and hopefully photos will follow on Saturday night.

Thanks so much for reading