Fabulous to be back in Jenny Matlock’sAlphabe Thursday on time for once and with an idea of an E very close to my heart – that of Eating and Entertaining. No eating disorders in this house if not for the constant dieting to compensate the constant eating, it’s a hard life folks.
It saddens me to hear of people with eating disorders as food and eating together has been a constant in my life since a was a babe in arms. My mother is The Best Cook Ever and although I will never reach her giddy heights I can produce some mean cooking when I put my mind to it. It’s a favourite pastime of mine and one that has been put to one side a little whilst I concentrate on the tiny people in our household. I want to make sure they have a healthy relationship when it comes to food, that they will try at least once most dishes and see eating as a happy way of socialising. Treats are just that right from the start, not to be had on demand throughout the day but to be savoured in special moments. Here are a couple of pictures of the girls learning that eating is fun
First off, a picture of last year’s Twin Club Christmas party with older twins smartly dressed up in Crimbo outfits looking Excellent
This is where we start to learn about the importance of food in our life and the fact that food can be fun when eaten in company. Here’s another photo of a 4th birthday party to which the girls were invited, a fabulous spread that Eager parents (me) had to stop diving into, it was Extremely hard believe me.
A final family snap of probably my favourite meal in the whole year – Christmas Day lunch. I love to Entertain and have held Christmas Day family get togethers now for the past 5 or 6 years since I returned to the UK. A lot of thought and planning goes into the menu, we always have traditional Roast Turkey and ALL of the trimmings, we skip starters but Christmas pudding is a constant with brandy butter, cream or custard as everyone has their own special preference, mine is brandy butter, of course it is – the one with the most fat in it! I also prepare a massive spread for the evening where people can go and pick whatever they wish till they’re heart’s are content. Cheeseboard, ham, leftover turkey, crisps, nuts, and anything during my Christmas shop that catches my eye.
From the oldest family member at 90 to the youngest at 1 and a half (in bed when this photo was taken) everyone is seated around a groaning table. Notice each and every chair in the house comes out for these occasions and of course no Christmas would be perfect without the paper hats, silly jokes and gifts from the traditional Christmas Cracker, you just gotta have ’em.