noodle heads


For someone that talks a lot about food it might surprise you that I have a lot of trouble feeding my middle child. 

I was spoilt by Henry who at two made me one of those incredibly annoying mothers who gave their child steamed broccoli to snack on, and he ate it. He's a terrific eater. Lots of fruit and carrot sticks and organic apricots and ham and cheese wraps. Easy. 

Not so much the four year old. 

And dinner is the hardest. So many things she claims she doesn't like. Whole reward charts stickered with incentives just to try something (not even something new. You've had risotto a hundred times child, what's the problem?!). 

And the things she will eat? Not in my from-scratch repertoire. She loves beef nachos. (I have never attempted corn chips.) She loves sausages and mashed potato. (I've never made sausage.) And she loves chicken noodles. (Am currently googling recipes for udon noodles.) 



I managed to grab this photo in between her wolfing this dish down. Unfamiliar as I am to her eating dinner at all. 




Tilly's chicken noodles

2 tsp sesame oil

2 tbsp oyster sauce

2 tbsp water

1 cup peas

1 cup corn

approx 2 cups shredded cooked chicken

approx 500g fresh udon noodles


Heat the oil in the wok then add the oyster sauce and stir till simmering. Add the water, the vegetables and the chicken and when the veggies are cooked stir through the noodles and cook for a further two minutes. 

Serve to reluctant youngsters. 

You never know your luck.



6 Comments on “noodle heads

December 6, 2011 at 6:43 am

This makes me feel much better about what my kids eat, or don’t eat. If I’ve found something that one of them will eat, you can be sure the other won’t. If they LOVE it one week, don’t count on them eating it next week. Sometimes it seems all they want is pasta (the shop-bough “Italian” kind). And with no sauce, no nothing on the side… Then some day I say, it’s pasta today, and they say, NOT AGAIN. Well, what DO they want? Potatoes usually go down well too, which is great because they’re healthy… but aarrgh! Can’t just alternate between pasta and potatoes every day can I. What to cook is my greatest challenge every single day.
Hoping for improvement on that front,

Darren (Green Change)
December 6, 2011 at 8:39 am

That sounds just like our place! And it’s our middle child who causes the most trouble for meal planning, too. Miss 8 insists she’s vegetarian, although as far as we can work out it’s not for health nor animal welfare reasons. She’s just super-fussy, and latched onto the label for convenience (“I’m not weird, I’m a vegetarian!”).

December 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm

What is it with middle children and fussy eating? My middle child is a terrible eater, her favourite foods are chicken nuggets, vegemite and two minute noodles. Not exactly a wholefoods trifecta. I can’t wait to try your noodle recipe.

The iced coffee from the previous post sounds intriguing too. I’ve never had iced coffee with honey. My favourite iced coffee is plonking a shot or two of espresso (depending on the day I’m having), some rapadura sugar, organic milk and heaps of ice in the blender and blitzing it until its thick like a slushy. Perfect on 35C+ days for lunch when its too hot to eat.

December 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Did you find a recipe? I’ve had this one for egg noodles saved for a while now…

I’ve not tried them, I’m waiting for when we have a new kitchen… or even just a kitchen with walls and a roof! LOL but if you try them, let me know how it goes!

December 8, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Middle kids! Mine is the worst too! Tonight he declared he wanted baked beans & toast. I declared no as spagetti & sauce was already made (usually his favorite). So he told me that he wouldn’t have any dinner -& he didn’t for the 2nd night this week. Stubborn strong willed little thing he is!

December 10, 2011 at 9:57 am

Oh this is so funny. I have this exact middle child! My oldest and youngest will eat plates of cut up raw veggies and fruit, but the middle child will pick out the brown rice grain by grain to avoid the veggies. He only wants to eat wheat, and red meat (both of which I rarely serve) and dairy. He will happily go to bed with no dinner rather than eat veggies but will then wake and eat 8 weetbix. Help! 😉


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