Food on the Un-Foodie Blog.

by Lori Dwyer on June 14, 2011 · 27 comments

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang, mmmkay?

I’ve heard them say- I’m not sure who, exactly, just the ever present ‘them’- that kids develop their father’s eating habits, more than their mothers.

In my house, that’s only half true.

The Chop, due to turn four at the end of this year, is just as fussy as they come. Like me. He doesn’t eat much of anything at all. He used to, back in the puree’d solids days. I carefully followed the Guidelines- provided by a different category of ‘Them’ altogether and introduced vegies, then fruit, then meat. I cooked all his meals individually, spoon fed him for as long as possible..

And he still exists on naught but sandwiches, fruit, sultanas and biscuits. I know.

The Bump, on the other hand, takes very much after her Daddy. She eats anything and everything she can get her hands on. Nom nom. If I was to theorise, I’d say that a bit of that has to do with how I fed her- instead of individually cooked meals, she just ate directly off our plates. Whatever we were eating- spaghetti bol, a roast, beef strogonoff… whatever we ate, the Bump would dig in too.

Hence, she’s a very…erm… robust little darling. I’ll resist the urge to call he a garbage disposal, shall I? It makes me quite a happy camper, the variety of foods she eats, even if I’m not that adventurous myself. We try to have red meat at least three times a week- not so easy now there’s no Man to cook for. But it’s packed full of iron, B vitamins, omega 3′s, protein and lots of other awesome stuff.

Anyway. Since Tony’s death, I really haven’t cooked much. I don’t eat much, especially at the moment, and the Chop refuses anything except a jam sandwich for dinner. So, given the chance to try some kid-friendly, packed full of goodness and nutrients, iron recipes from the Red Meat People I certainly wasn’t going to turn it down…

Here’s the recipe….

Beef & vegetable skewers

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 8 mins

500g beef rump, cut into 2cm pieces
2 zucchini, cut into 1cm slices
1 yellow capsicum, cut into 2cm pieces
16 cherry tomatoes
3 tsp olive oil
¾ cup natural yoghurt
1 tsp ground cumin

1. Toss beef and vegetables in oil. Thread
onto 8 bamboo skewers (Cut off sharp
ends with scissors after threading).
2. Heat a large non-stick frying pan or bbq. Cook skewers for 6-8 mins over
medium heat, turning occasionally. Place skewers on a warm plate and
loosely cover with foil. Rest the skewers for 5 mins.
3. Combine yoghurt and ground cumin. Serve with skewers

Here’s me making a mess…

Here’s where I remind me to take my advice at your own risk- as we’ve established before, this is definitely not a foodie blog. I enter these posts as evidence, your Honour.

And here’s the end result.

The Bump, loving it, having a munching good time…

And the Chop. Eating a jam sandwich.

Ah well. Worth a try.

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Car June 17, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Replace the jam with vegemite and you have my 4yo daughter… Every night!

Those skewers look delish!


Jodie Ansted June 15, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Ha ha…! Cute as. My kids ate quite fussy as was I as a kid. I ate…just a lot of the same stuff!


This Mid 30s Life June 16, 2011 at 3:14 am

Thanks I needed inspiration so made this tonight.

Love it by the way.


phonakins June 15, 2011 at 11:22 am

GORGEOUS with the jam sandwich! ;)


thatblogyoudo June 15, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Yum those kebabs looked perfect! Good work on the cooking front. :-) Bump looks like she is enjoying them, as for Jam Sandwich Man he he he cheeky monkey.


Kelloggsville June 15, 2011 at 7:22 am

made me feel hungry! The jam sandwich phase will pass, it'll probably turn into a peanut butter phase! Away I guarantee the point where he stops eating jam will be exactly the point you've bought a zillion jars that were on special offer :)


Kelloggsville June 15, 2011 at 7:22 am

made me feel hungry! The jam sandwich phase will pass, it'll probably turn into a peanut butter phase! Away I guarantee the point where he stops eating jam will be exactly the point you've bought a zillion jars that were on special offer :)


Shelley @ My Shoebox Life June 15, 2011 at 3:48 pm

So lovely to see Bump and Chop's smiling and cheeky faces. Jam sandwiches remind me of being little, my Mum used to make them open with a layer of cream on top. Yum!


wishihadakarmaanghia June 15, 2011 at 5:13 am

Looks delish! I fail dismally at every turn with my boys – 9 year old is a jam sam eater whenever he can, 6 year old would eat nothing but yoghurts by the gallon if I bought enough. I'm no yummy mummy but the boys are far from fading away! They all get there in the end. Good job Lori! xxx


In Real Life June 15, 2011 at 5:12 am

Oh my goodness, they are so cute! :) Both of my children a picky eaters, but they come by it honestly, taking after me that way!


Hear Mum Roar June 15, 2011 at 1:39 am

LOL at your son! That would've been my son too! Went through a dreadful meat hating stage, he's just been slowly coming out of it in the past year.


OurGangof7 June 15, 2011 at 9:28 am

Feeding kids I think is the worst part of parenting lol. Mine all like different things which when it is going in 6 different directions it can drive you mad lol.

All we can do is try! I am starting to go through my huge recipe collection and taking a bit of hit and miss with whether they will like it or not. I just try to always have some kind of potato with the meal so I know they will at least eat that lol.

I love the pics of Bump and Chop, just too cute!!


Ms Styling You June 14, 2011 at 10:20 pm

I love that … Chomp's jam sandwich is the punchline! Too cute.


Glowless @ Where’s My Glow June 14, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Well there goes my theory of anything served on a stick being devoured by children. I make fruit kebabs all the time for parties and they're the first thing eaten… cleanses the palate for the salt and vinegar chips.


Melissa June 14, 2011 at 8:44 pm

too funny! My oldest lives on cereal and applesauce so I can totally relate :) way to go – non-foodie or not, it looks good :)


River June 14, 2011 at 8:18 pm

The skewers look so yummy! And so do your kids. I could just eat them up, they're so gorgeous.
Does the Chop vary the type of jam or stick with only one flavour?

My kids ate pretty much anything when they were little. With the exception of peas for child #3 and pumpkin for child #4.
I remember my firstborn at six months when her dummy accidentally got dunked in my curry (she was on my lap) then she put it in her mouth and loved it. Sweet curry, not too hot.


Stinky June 14, 2011 at 8:02 pm

awwww lovely bolus photo (seriously! I love face-pulling photos best of all)


A Daft Scots Lass June 14, 2011 at 7:59 pm

What a happy post! ♥ the one of Chop showing his mooshy jammy sarmy. Your babies are good enough to nibble on – they're so adorable!!

Remember to come and enter Caption my Freak Photo Competition for a laugh.


PinkPegasus June 14, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Those pics are soooo cute. Food looks good too. Might give it a try for dinner tomorrow.


Miss Pink June 14, 2011 at 6:59 pm

It has taken me all day to have the time to sit down quietly and read this. And how the pictures at the end make it all worth it! The Chop and Bump are just darling.


Mum on the Run June 14, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Nice work!
We discovered a little tip on a recent trip to Borneo for a wedding.
Put it on a bloody stick and he'll eat the lot!!
Go the skewers!


Daisy, Roo and Two June 14, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Haha!!! Gorgeous shots! Yes, our one year olds scoff anything! ANYTHING you put in front of them. Our 2 year old won't even eat a jam sandwich if she's having a "day", will eat spag bol one day and refuse it and literally tell me it's "poo, stinky" the next day and so on. *sigh*
Yum, those skewers look delicious though!


Catherine June 14, 2011 at 1:39 pm

I don't like to cook particularly, plus I am super fussy. I hate vegies and love meat. Daughter 1 (12) eats anything and will eat as much if not more then me since she was about 7. Daughter 2 (10) is as fussy as me although I try very hard to discourage this. Daughter 3 (8) is a vegetarian by her choice for ethical reasons but eats most things other then meat! I don't know how any of this happened!

Your kids are gorgeous. You are obviously doing a great job regardless of food preferences :) I am going to give the recipe a try!


Crystal Cheverie June 14, 2011 at 10:29 pm

That actually sounds really yummy – I might try it! And have I ever told you that I think your kids are absolutely gorgeous? If not, let me just say that I think your kids are absolutely gorgeous. :-)


Jennifer Kay June 14, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Awe…so nice to see your kiddos again and hear about what's going on in your life.


Lynda Halliger-Otvos June 14, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Hi Lori-love, can you get Chop to eat applesauce ? One can go a long time on grain-ish bread, jam, apples or sauce, and will he drink milk ?

Bump lives up to her name, too with that mouthful of veggies !~! How adorable are they both, already.


Amy June 14, 2011 at 11:50 am

Nawwww! Gorgoues kids you have there Lori!

My 3 year old daughter would eat honey sandwhiches for dinner if I let her.


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