14 Apr French Toast is Essential for Lazy Parenting
I am infamous for making my children eat breakfast foods for dinner. (Im not sure why this is a bad thing because hello, cereal is an incredibly balanced food group all by itself and when you pour milk on it, its like a three course meal right there.) I think it came about because I make my children cook dinner. A lot. And it just so happens that breakfast foods are usually easier to learn how to make. So along with cereal, we have French toast or scrambled eggs and toast or koko rice or pancakes or sausages or an omelet for dinner. And our other go-to specialty is a can of tuna and some rice. These are all things that my children know how to cook. And so far, theyve been happy and I ( of course) am very happy.
Because I am a busy
lazy woman and I dont have time to mess around in the kitchen for hours on end.
My children were fine with this lazy dinner arrangement because they probably thought everybody ate like this. Everybody’s mother told them to open a tuna can or crack a few eggs for dinner.
Then Big Daughter went to live with her aunty in New Zealand. The first night there, her uncle cooked lovely meal that didnt have cereal in it. The second night there, her cousin cooked a lovely meal that didnt have scrambled eggss in it. The third night there, her aunty was cooking a lovely meal that didnt include french toast when Big Daughter asked, “Do you cook meals like this every night?”
“Yes,” said her aunty.
“So its not just because you’re celebrating a special occasion or because you’re having a visitor come for dinner?”
“No,” said her aunty. Then her aunt (my big sister so she’s allowed to say stuff like this…), said “I am not like your mother. In my house, French toast and scrambled eggs are a breakfast food. In this house, we prepare proper dinners. We dont open cans of tuna to eat with rice. Or make you eat cereal at dinner. Oh no.”
This was an earth-shattering realization for Big Daughter. All the heavens were singing with this direct revelation from above, that CEREAL IS NOT FOR DINNER…NEITHER IS FRENCH TOAST…
She immediately got on her phone and messaged me. “Mum, did you know that in Aunty’s house, they dont have french toast for dinner!? They cook proper meals every night.”
For some strange reason, Big Daughter is not missing our fabulous meals at all.
But I have a plan. Today I saw a delicious French toast recipe and Im going to
make it for dinner Correction, I mean, Im going to show it to Middle Daughter so she can make it for dinner.
Big Daughter’s gonna be envious. I’m sure of it.