This is one of those blogs to remind us all that kids really don't always want to make our lives easy, nor do they ever want to admit that you as a parent really know what your talking about.
On Friday I thought it would be a good idea to try out the local fish shop. It is situated right next to my fabulous new butcher so I thought it should be just as good- I'm happy to tell you I was not wrong!
The salmon fillets looked lovely, vibrant pink/orange with a lovely sheen just waiting to be eaten. When the boys got home from school and sang their ever so familiar chorus 'I'm hungry, what can I eat, what's for dinner?' I was happy to inform them that I bought fish and thought we could have 'fish and chips' for dinner. Smiles went up and I thought I'd hit the jack pot UNTIL Max asked 'What kind of fish is it?'
'Salmon' I said thinking he'd be just as impressed- that was until my bubble popped and heard
'SALMON- YUCK! We HATE salmon mum, remember we only like WHITE fish- what else is there?'
Clearly someone forgot to tell Max mummy wasn't at work and this was the fish de jour!
After hearing what a terrible mum I was for not remembering they both HATE salmon and what was I thinking (all the time Alex chiming in 'yeah mum, yuck- what's yuck Max?')
I finally snapped and thought some bad words and then decided to serve it any way.
I made a yummy salad that I knew the kids would love, raw carrot sticks, cucumber, cooked green beans and cherry tomatoes (bar Alex), drizzled with a garlic and white wine vinaigrette and served with potato gems. I would of made my own chips but I saw these in the supermarket and it brought back childhood memories so decided to see if my kids like them (verdict- they woofed them down).
The salmon I seared in a very hot pan, flipped it over and then finished it in the oven for 5 minutes. When I pulled it out of the oven I squirted lemon juice all over it and rested it for a few minutes while getting the plates ready.
When I yelled out 'Dinners ready' the kids came running from the backyard dripping in water and mud.
"What's for dinner mum?'
''Salad, chips and fish'
'Cool- what type of fish?'
'Fresh fish, now come and eat'
As you can see from the photo below the salmon was a huge hit BUT it didn't stop Max leaning over to me at the dinner table and saying "It's salmon isn't it? It's OK, this is a yummy one."