That's always the question that bugs me everytime the clock ticks past 5 pm. The most dreaded question: Apa nak masak malam ni?
If it's just me, I'm quite happy with eating nasi panas2, telur goreng and kicap (menu masa zaman bujang dulu... :). Maybe throw in several pieces of cucumber with Maggi tomato sos, yum ! yum! Tapi bila dah kawin ni, I can't think for myself only, can I? I have 4 other people's eating preferences that I have to consider before deciding what to cook for dinner.
First, the kids. Nadim ~ he's quite a fussy eater. He doesn't eat fish, veggies, or mee-related dishes. If these are set on the table, he will just eat a little, if nothing at all. Tapi kalau ada ayam or daging masak kicap, he can wallop 2, 3 plates at one go.
Then there's Nadira ~ this girl is quite flexible in her food choices. Tak kisah apa saja, dia boleh makan. Quite adventurous, too in trying new food. Masakan kampung dia suka, Western pun dia suka. Our food tastes are almost similar, so I don't have much problem with her. Only thing is, she takes a special kind of rice coz she's diabetic.
The little boy? He is such a fussy eater! I'm having problem getting him to eat because he just refused to eat his dinner. He'd take maybe 1 or 2 suap, then he'd go "Naa... nak!" and go play. I always get very frustrated when I see this. He's so skinny. His weight hasn't changed that much from 6 months ago and he's now almost 2 years old. Budak ni pun suka makan ayam. Oh, and he loves tosei & curry as well.
Then there's the father of these 3 kids. He would go, "I tak kisah apa2...". But when he comes home and sees something that he doesn't really fancy, he'd go, "I tak nak makan lah tonite. Perut I sebu.." .
I have never done that. Whatever is served for dinner, I'll make it a point to eat it altho' kadang2 tu I tak suka sangat benda tu (eg. kids' macaroni & cheese). Orang dah masak susah2, makan je lah, kan? Budak2 pun sama. Kadang2 tu dah beriya2 masak kat dapur, suddenly they all makan sikit saja. Siapa tak hot?! Macam malam tadi. Beriya I masak tom yam lah, ikan & ayam goreng, sayur masak lemak ~ sikit je they all makan. Sungguh tak berbaloi!
So tonite I'm gonna say, "I'm not cooking. Eat whatever there is left in the fridge or kitchen!". Or if I ada mood baik sikit karang, I'll go and get some pasta for them. My husband is not coming home until tomorrow, so we all boleh makan simple2 saja.
It's tough being a mother, huh? Itu baru nak decide apa nak masak. Belum lagi masuk bab sekolah, pakaian, tuition, and teenage tantrums. Lagi pening... :(
In the end, the menu for last night was fettucini carbonara. I went to get the stuff from the supermarket and asked the maid to cook it. They loved it! (except for the little boy who just played with the pasta noodles!)