Friday, May 22, 2009

Picky Eaters

Have there been days when you feel like a short order cook? A short order cook, or sometimes also known as grill or line cook is someone who makes "simple, fast-cooking meals and snacks".

Having to deal with a child who seemed to go on food jags does put a great amount of stress on the parent or caregiver who has to get through these food battle on a daily basis.

Variety is an idea and presenting them in a most colourful, delightful manner is another to tempt and tease..and hopefully see some of these food get in can be such a challenge.

Bacon & Onion Quiches

olive oil or melted butter
2 cups plain flour
150g butter, chopped

3 rashers bacon, rind removed
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 cup milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 cup cream
finely chopped chives/optional
1/3 cup grated cheese

* sometimes i substitute bacon with crabmeat/salmon/canned tuna/sardines.

Sometimes the task can be an overwhelming one, so it's a good idea to break it into small jobs or batches. That way, it cuts down the whole preparation time when one needs to get a decent batch of quiche (for eg) ready and out on the Summer table when a request for a craving of carbo is on the alert.

Do you sometimes also feel like the entire weight of the world is upon your shoulders as one who plays such a vital role in determining and influencing the health of your young children and family members but feel like a total failure at the end of the day when the child can be so blasé about food or even refuse it after all those planning and preparation?

Cooks today break under the weight of devising a thousand variations just on one particular preferred food choice. Strolls through the farmers’ markets are replaced with trudges through the frozen food aisle. It is an unbelievably immense task for a quasi sane parent to go through in order to make the communal meal less hostile of a brutal battleground.

Aren't you glad it's Friday again? TGIF!! Those who haven't got much of a Saturday evening plan can join me in the kitchen.. creating more food ideas.. ;P

sending and blowing out lots of love to all my bloggy friends out there.. be safe, be well now. ;)





jeannette stgermain said...

Those quiches look very good - haven't "seen" you in a while, Silver - everything okay with you?
hope so - have a great weekend!

Eddie Bluelights said...

Gosh! - That's got my saliva glands working overtime!
I'm not much good at making it but I'm great eating it!
Thanks for the visit at my place!
Now I know where to come for some bacon and onions! ~ Forgive my sense of humour! ~ Lola has!
Do you like Pride and Prejudice? ~ I met Mr Darcy last week and I'm doing a post all about it in the next 2 days!
Best wishes ~ Eddie

Loretta said...

Hi Silver! Happy Memorial Day Weekend to you my friend! When you look in the dictionary under Picky Eaters, you will find a picture of my family there. The quiches look yummy but my family is so picky I don't know if they would eat them. I've struggled to get them to eat more chicken and pasta dishes which are more filling so they don't snack quite as much. I'm glad it's barbeque season now. The only chicken they like is barbequed chicken. I find myself making 3 seperate meals sometimes because everyone wants something different. UGH! I love 'em though and will keep trying to find some healthy recipies for them. They also love summer fruit, watermelon, peaches, plums etc so I try to keep a bowl of cut up fruit in the fridge to snack on. Okay now I'm hungry! Have a safe and restful weekend! Hugs, Loretta

SILVER said...

hey JEANNETTE !- soory girl.. i haven't been doing my usual rounds..and you noticed huh? Life in the real can be so demanding..

EDDIE- hmm..sounds like something i wouldn't want to miss, eddie!

i'm surprised that they aren't drooling over whatever you've churned out from your magic kitchen!

Deb said...

oohhhh looks yummy...thanks for sharing...thank you for all your sweet comments when you visit...

Caroline said... child is such a picky eater and she is almost 9! All she wants is pasta with butter or chicken nuggets. Thank goodness she like most veggies...but it's the main course that gives us trouble. Sometimes i wonder if they do this just for the sake of being difficult. Anyway, I make one meal and she can eat or go hungry (which she usually eats, but with lots of whining and drama). I don't like being a short order cook!

Lola said...

I have a feeling you and I are in for an interesting alliance.

Thank you for stopping over at my place, and for leaving a comment. That meme was a different post, my kitchen usually serves homestyle, family-portion food, good wine and the conversation with blog friends is always a festive one. You're welcome anytime. Just be sure to bring the quiches...

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

YUM! Hope you are doing well my friend!

Rikkij said...

Fel-Can almost taste it. certainly smell it. Have a great weekend. ~rick

laughingwolf said...

ooooo yummies, all of them, sil :)

for the past 12 years, since i took over parenting, i've had to come up with stuff to feed my son, and daughters when they visit... sometimes i cheat and get pizza ;) lol

have a great weekend...

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Silver, I'm here at your happy place! In your last post, you inspired me to start marinating for the grill. Yum!

SILVER said...

DEB- ;)

CAROLINE- well..i'm trying to get my 12 (!) yr old to eat more variety other than just chicket nuggets and fries. No drama here.. just emotional blackmail. ;)

LOLA- ..i think so, too and you've got it, girl!

LEIGH- got my ups and downs..y'know.. sometimes it gets so low, i thought i can touch the ground. But then the wave will soon take us up again.. just got to hang in tight and have faith!! ;)

RICK- What you mean, almost? ;)

LAUGHING WOLF- PIZZA? hmm..i think that's a much safer choice! (i think they'll actually be glad you did!)

JANNELLE- BBQ! ;) Great choice!

Cara Dawn Romero said...

What a wonderful blog!

Double-Dolphin said...

Probably a stupid question, but how do you "chop" butter???!!!

SILVER said...

CARA- ;) hey you!

DOUBLE-DOLPHIN- it's a trick question, isn't it!! No?

well, you can chop it when it's cold and then work the fine pieces with other mixes or herbs.. why? do you have a recipe that calls for it?

#GUYS!! I will be getting to your blogs soon- i've got to call it a night here cos i really need to get some sleep right now or i might just murder someone!! zzzzzz

Bonnie Bonsai said...

Wow! They truly look as Appetite Teasers. I love the way you present them. I may try your quiche only I will substitute the bacon to silverside. I said to my daughter that once she gets married, am going to see her and we would learn cooking at home, so in the future she can surprise her husband when he comes home. Thanks for visiting my blog Silver. Been thinking of you.

Allidink said...

Yum I love bacon and green onion and quiche LOL. What a great recipe :)

All the best,

laughingwolf said...

lol... maybe you're right ;)

The Stylish House said...

Hi Silver,
I make a similar mini quiche and it is always popular at gatherings. It is definitely a good recipe. I also had a child who was a picky eater so sympathize with you. Until she was five the only meat she would eat was the chicken in McDonald’s salads! I think she thought they were French fries since they were cut like sticks.

Hilary said...

The good thng about picky-eater kidlets is that most of them outgrow it eventually. Both of my sons turned their respecitive noses up at so many good meals over the years. Now both look forward to my cooking. Or maybe I just got better at it. ;)

That quiche looks yummy!

merrymishaps said...

Thanks for stopping by ... those look tasty!

Happy To Be said...

May you have a great Memorial day weekend my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Mary said...

Silver, what a lovely blog. I popped in say hello and ended up spending more time here than I should:) I'll be back often.

Scott said...

My son is such a picky eater we can't even get him to eat pizza...doesn't like melted cheese!

DB said...

It all sounds and looks good to me. If one of them won't eat it send it over here.


Frank Baron said...

Delicious pics. Can't wait to print 'em. ;)

Valerie's Pieces said...

Silver, you absolutely have a way with words. Thanks for sharing. Valerie

Sumandebray said...

wow! I wish I could prepare some of those... mouth watering stuff!
Thanks for your nice comment on my page.

Sixpence and a Blue Moon said...

You're blog is "pure" eye candy! Your cooking looks mouth watering delicious! I want to eat at your house.

Cori G. said...

Hi Silver,

You stopped by my blog a few days ago and I'm popping over to say Hi to you. There's so much delicious looking food here I think a girl could get fat just looking at the pictures :0!

I hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for the sweet comments.

xoxo Cori

Anonymous said...

The food looks delicious. I remember making meatloaf in a skillet and covering it with mashed potatoes. I didn't know at the time it was called shepherd pie. The sight of the masked pots got their attention, plus I put slices of top and melted them.

Tea Time With Melody said...

Hi Silver, Thanks for visiting. I do like the ice cream dessert in the deep fried fluted bowl (?) with the berries. I was also picturing some chocolate down in the bottom of the bowl, yummy.

Linda McGeary said...

Can I come and live at your house?

My son is a chef in Portland, he does a lot of party or weekend barbecue foods. If I lived nearer him I'm afraid I'd weigh a ton. But not him, he's tall and skinny. I don't understand how you chef types do it. All that good food. I guess that is a lesson, working in a hot kitchen burns calories.

Annie said...

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. I've been enjoying my own visit and love the look of your wonderful food blog. Not only are the photographs lovely but the recipes look very easy. For a so-so cook like myself, this is very, very important. My best wishes, Annie

SILVER said...

Hi! hi!




THE STYLIST HOUSE-mine is 12. so i don't think the chicken cut in strips trick will work here..;)

HILARY-hope that will be true for mine too !it's a real concern.


HAPPY TO BE-Hey Gloria! You too! Love this new ID pic. Nice!!

MARY-glad to hear of it.;)

SCOTT- aww.. hope he will change his mind abt that when he gets older!

DB-You always crack me up! ;0 sure thing.



SUMANDEBRAY- It's only made to look challenging so that i will look good. ;) You will be surprised how easy they really are.

SIXPENCE AND A BLUE MOON- i'm glad to hear of it!!

CORI G-;)how come i am still as thin as a stick? it's not working for me, sigh.

QMM- ah, Shepherd's Pie. That sounds really good.

TEA TIME WITH MELODY-that's the only thing my son will touch. He will like you A LOT.

LINDA MCGEARY- really? Your son is a Chef? wow! do you notice that the thing we have in common abt us who cook and dish out tantalising food is that - we all do everything except eat. We derive our satisfaction from seeing other people eat up our creations. If they also get fat in the process, then- we know we are good!!

ANNIE- You can't be a so-so cook for one who thinks this is easy. Well, It IS easy but you've got to be a really good one to crack this and know it's really just in disguise. ;P

Walking on Sunshine... said...

They look yummy!!!

Barb said...

Silver,you are such a great cook children just don't appreciate it until they are grown.Since my girls have moved out they call and ask if I can cook and we love quiche. Have a wonderful blessed day....Barb

SILVER said...

WOS- i know ;P intended to look that way, tantalising , tempting, teasing and tormenting..

BARB- that's how things are, isn't it. Mom's cooking is- i think, a lot more than just the taste we reminisce- our brains tend to link it to "comfort" .."love" ,memories of our own childhood..

linnea-maria said...

It does'nt have to be more difficult than that! so simple but so delicious. I bet the children will enjoy food like this.
Have a wonderful weekend /linnea-maria

Anonymous said...

OH Wow!!! I am so going to have to try these!!!!

Been missing you... but I am catching up slower with blogs than I would like!!!

Have a Blessed Day My Friend!!!

Just A Gal...

babbler said...

Hello Sliver,
I thought I should come on over to see what is on the menu for tonight, thanks for making my imagination come to life for this evenings repast. I think I shall start with something in a nice salad (Mr. Slug loves his greens..) and prepare one of these tasty treats along with it. YUM! Thanks for the inspiration! Love from Mrs. Slug

prince chubs said...

i love your blogs...delicious, hmm...i feel hungry.

prince chubs

Maggie May said...

Oooooooh! Your snacks and things look fine by me. Absolutely delicious!

prince chubs said...

yes i need to do something, i dont like the way they treated to me. i have a very low wages. and i cant accept. so i decided to leave and find another company offers big salary or enough salary.

thank you,

prince chubs

Helen McGinn said...

I love the look of those quiches; I have a similar one without the bacon but yours look far superior. I'm going to give them a go! Thank you for inspiring me.
Helen xx

Helen McGinn said...

p.s. thank you for visiting my blog!

Carol and Chris said...

Gosh those quiches look good...and now my stomach is rumbling!!!

I know what you mean about trying to get people to eat different things...although in my case it's not my kids it's my husband!! I have been known to chop vegetables very small so that they break down when I'm cooking so he doesn't know they are there!! (He reckons no-one should eat green food!!)

Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog :-)

C x

Arija said...

Thank you for your kind comment and the love you send.
You have such a delicious bpog!

Elizabeth Bradley said...

OMG! I have five children and it's impossible to keep up with all their likes and dislikes, still...I try. Man, I've got to make those little tarts, like this weekend for Father's Day!

Catvibe said...

Hi Silver! Thanks for your comment on my blog today, it's nice to meet you! Your blog is making me HUNGRY! Yum. I know what you mean tho. I am taking care of my 84 year old father with picky picky tastes that diminish as he ages. It's hard because it's just the two of us, and I like a much wider variety of veggies and such that he just won't touch. Sad... Right now I'm making a peach cobbler for dessert tho. Again, yum. :-)

Robin said...

I still feel like the whole world in on my shoulders concerning preparation of food and my children are in their early twenties.

thanks Silver for sharing your life journey.

SILVER said...

Hi Hi..

Linnea Maria

Just a Gal

Mrs Slug

Prince Chubs

Maggie May

Helen McGinn

Carol and Chris


Elizabeth Bradley



I have days like that too. Believe me. I know what you are all saying :)

Carrie said...

Your food looks so yummy! I am looking forward to getting some recipe ideas for my sister's wedding shower. And some new meal ideas!