I have been ill today. I won't bore you with the gory details, but I did not make it into work and that was one of the best decisions of my life.As I lay in my pit of death I realised that I had nothing 'instant' for tea for the boys.I, personally, will probably never eat again, but they needed some form of nourishment.
This is one of the times when my ethos - of only cooking from scratch, preferably from muddy, organic veg pulled, only minutes previously, from rural pastures - let me down. A hungry 10 and 12 year old are not interested in my ethics when they come home from school and want tea on the table, hot steaming and full of flavour.
I could hardly drag myself from my bed, but I did - staggering downstairs to stare vacantly at my freezer drawers.Mmmmmm.... a smoked Harrods chicken ( frozen, obviously ) one haddock fillet, several portions of cheese and a bag of peas.Hardly the inspiration for a quick and easy meal... And then I noticed the oven chips... nestling like a guilty pleasure at the back of the drawer, a reminder of a moment of weakness in Tesco's. I had usually scorned my husband's requests for oven chips.... if we were having chips I would make them, by hand, from potatoes grown in the garden fields of Devon... but this one time I had succumbed to their easy pleasure, and thank goodness I had.
So, chips. What else? What nourishing, nutritious delight could I find to go with them? I hesitate to type my answer... You will place me among the ranks of turkey twizzler scoffing chavs.... Tonight my children sat down to the sumptuous feast that is oven chips and instant noodles... together... as a meal....
I know. As I sit here feeling very much recovered from my earlier dreadfulness, I shudder at my failure as a mother.Will my children grow up to resent me? Will they be ... 'damaged'? Tomorrow its back on the straight and narrow ... free range meat and organic new potatoes with a drizzle of butter, served with..... oh, hang on... England are playing tomorrow. Forget that... its burgers and chips all round.