Further to the big dramatic announcement yesterday here it is, the first interview in my “Dinner Files” series. This is the series where real people tell us about their real dinners. The planned, the unplanned, the prepped, the winging it, the meals out, the takeaways, we’ll cover it all. For real, no gloss.
My first guest for the Dinner Files is award winning blogger and mum of four (including 3 under 2.5!) Kellie from My Little Babog. Kellie can always be relied upon to talk straight on her blog so I knew she’d let us in on the real deal at the Bábógs’ Table.
Thanks so much for taking part Kellie, let’s get down to it!
Tell us about dinner time in your house – what time is it, where do you sit, who is there?
Dinner time is usually around five or six when Daddy gets in from work. If it’s sunny we sit at the table together and if it’s a bit shitty outside we pop a movie on and eat in the sitting room. Once we are altogether and the food is eaten I don’t really care where we eat.
How do you get dinner on the table in the evening ?
Dinner is prepped in the morning. Cooking it and getting it onto the table does be a disaster sometimes and my partner says I suck at mashing potatoes, so that’s his job.
Do you meal plan or do you decide on the day what’s for dinner?
I’ve been saying for the past three years that I need to start meal planning but never actually do it. I decide what’s for dinner in the butcher’s after the school run.
What dishes regularly appear on your dinner table?
I’m not very adventurous when it comes to dinner. I make spaghetti, pies, roast dinners, curry, sausies and fish.
What dish is guaranteed clean plates all around?
Once I starve the kids long enough I can be guaranteed dinner will be devoured. My toddler loves cottage pie and always asks for seconds while the big kid would demolish roast chicken.
Do you tend to cook the same thing a lot or do you try to mix it up? Where do you get inspiration for different dishes?
What’s your favourite quick dinner solution?
Our quick dinner solution is to ring the MIL and see if she has room for six more. If not it’s a freezer dinner, waffles, fish fingers and corn on the cob.
What’s your favourite junk-food dinner?
Oh I have so many. I love a curry, a chipper and Domino’s but my all-time favourite would be a trip to The Counter in Dundrum. Technically it’s not really junk food, they make the most amazing burgers.
Do you eat the same as your kids?
There’s enough chores and things to be doing around this mad house, you’d be mad to be cooking separate meals. We all eat the same at dinner time here.
Are there ingredients or dishes that face complete refusals at your dinner table?
My kids HATE eggs and only one of them eat cheese, it actually makes me sad ‘cause I eat either till the cows come home. The only cheese the others will eat is on a pizza and pancakes are the only way I can get eggs into them.
Are there any adventurous meals everyone at your table will eat?
You can be guaranteed everyone will eat a roast dinner here. I make one twice a week and make curries or sambo’s out of the left overs.
What is your own, all time favourite dinner?
My all time favourite dinner is my MIL’s homemade chips and lasagne. She makes an amazing vegetable lasagne. I’ve tried to replicate it but it’s never the same.
Have you any tips to share on getting the family fed?
Don’t cook anything you know the kids don’t like, simple!
Who’s washing up?
Ain’t nobody got time for that, into the dishwasher they go!
Thanks Kellie. What a great start to The Dinner Files, this girl talks sense! If the kids don’t like it they won’t eat it, simples. Your quick dinner solution is genius too, I’ll have to take a leave out of your book, now could you share your MIL’s number 🙂
We’ll have another Dinner Files interview next Tuesday. In the meantime if you need dinner inspiration check out the Week in Dinner Series or you might like this post 21 Dinners (most of) My Kids Will (usually) Eat.
And if you’re interested in sharing your own “dinner files” drop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you the information.