So one night, I just gave his brother (who'd just finished his) a delicious dessert in front of him and told him he wouldn't get any unless he at least had one bite. That was all. Just one. And if he genuinely didn't like it, then I wouldn't make him eat it. He relented and had a taste, all the while looking at his brother's bowl of chocolate pudding and ice-cream. Well, after a sinlge bite, he wolfed the whole plate down and spinach and ricotta cannelloni became one of his favourite meals then (and yes he got his dessert). Kids huh?
Life for us has been all about survival on a shoestring budget. I've learnt how to live on very basic (and cheap) staples and I cook from scratch and don't buy prepackaged mixes of anything. I've raised three happy and healthy kids and I believe that food is central to good communication and a happy and connected life!
I have an unpublished cookbook manuscript that lives on my kitchen bench. This is the collection that I have fed my family from for many years, all made from a core list of practical and economical ingredients. The manuscript is splattered with butter, flour and milk from daily use. It moves between the kitchen and the office as I edit and test-kitchen the recipes.