We’d make sure there was variety, cooking from fresh every time and as a result getting the kids more involved – which they love. I think they’ve all turned into slightly more present cooks and are more involved in their mealtimes too.
It’s not uncommon for us now to be eating one meal and planning the next one at the same time. We often chat about what our favourite meals are and what we’d like to try more of. For Richard and I, we want to eat a variety of food, but we also want to eat with our kids so it’s about exploring things that work for everyone.
If they like a particular food, we will try and suggest an alternative option or perhaps pairing it with something new. We try to keep it evolving and a little experimental whilst making it a successful meal. It’s a lovely thing when we put something down and everybody goes quiet because they are happily eating. An average mealtime here will be seven of us. Richard and I have five kids aged between 1 and 16. Within that there’s lots of different tastes and quirks but we all eat pretty much the same things. We have quite a lot of meals that form staple parts of our week that we all eat and a few family favourites too like our Mexican chicken wraps. We don’t have time to prepare different choices for everyone, but we adapt meals sometimes, for example making a dish spicier for Richard and I.Sophie's Mexican chicken wrap recipe
Another big change for us during lockdown was the start of our Kitchen Discos. Like many people, Richard and I found ourselves with no work and the house became all about domestic life. We both felt a bit bereft without our work and music, but also as a family we often use music as a tonic to alleviate stress or give ourselves a bit of joy, so Richard said why don’t we do a gig from home. I thought that’s complete lunacy, why not.
We did the first kitchen discos, filmed and live streamed from our kitchen where we already had disco balls, a smoke machine and disco lights. I thought people would think I’m crazy, but we received a lovely warm response and it made us feel really connected with people.
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