My partner has been watching Master Chef this year (perhaps we were the only Australian family not to watch last year?!?) and lucky for us has been rather inspired.
Last night while I was out to a movie and dinner with a friend he made a lovely chickpea, date and pine nut pilau for a picnic lunch at the park today and then tonight he made pumpkin fritters and Guatemalan* salsa.
Some of the motivation has also been our son’s weight loss after his recent illness combined with his fussy three year old eating habits. The pilau was popular all round – the dates and raisins mean that there are bursts of sweetness. So very delicious.
Mr. 3 helped his father make the pumpkin fritter mix. He likes to press the buttons on the food processor (under close supervision). Usually if he is involved in the cooking process he is more inclined to eat the meal - but not today. Not to worry he has been in a rather odd mood all day. That happens when you’re three… or any age come to think of it!
I frantically did all the dishes as the fritters sizzled in the pan. I often find meals so much tastier when I know there is not a lot of dishes to be done when it is finished.
The meal was super yummy!!! Unlucky for me there were no left-over's to speak of – Ms. M and I made sure of that – so it looks like I’ll be up for cooking dinner tomorrow night. Geez! I’m feeling the pressure to lift my game.
* I love all things Guatemalan after getting 26/25 in a school assignment in year 8. My best mark ever!