Food & Whine began back in January 2010 as my New Year’s resolution to start writing again. When I was younger, I loved to write. I would spend hours writing in my journal, creating short stories, and composing poetry. As I grew older, my commitments to my family and career swallowed up most of my time and energy. I missed writing and needed to find my way back to it, to carve out time for myself again. I wasn’t quite sure how to get there, because whenever I tried writing, I couldn’t summon the inspiration or creativity to write about anything, at least not consistently. I had two young children, I worked all day, and then I had to make dinner, pack lunches, and get the kids to bed. By the end of the day, I had run out of steam.
I struggled to find a topic to write about, but then I realized I had the perfect topic right in front of my face all along: food! Preparing food for my family was something I had to do every day, multiple times a day, so I had plenty of material for writing blog posts about food. I knew there had to be other parents out there just like me, who were tired — tired of spending so much work planning and preparing food, only to have their children whine about having to eat it.
Through this blog, I want to show you that making food doesn’t have to feel like a chore. Food can be fun, both to make and to eat. It doesn’t have to take a long time or a lot of weird ingredients to make amazing meals. My recipes are usually simple, quick, and use ingredients that you’d normally have on hand, so that you can often make a healthy home-cooked meal in less time than it takes to get less nutritious food from a restaurant or a package.
I also show you my family’s reactions to my recipes, even when they’re bad, because I want all the parents of picky eaters to know that they’re not alone. And it helps to have a sense of humour about it. My kids (AKA the Whine Critics) can be pretty funny when they dislike something I make them. They don’t always like my food, and that’s perfectly okay! At least I enjoyed making it, and I’m trying my best to give them as many different food experiences as possible. You will see recipes here from a wide variety of cultures and cuisines. I don’t always stick with the typical “kid-friendly” food like chicken fingers or burgers (although I share those, too!).
There’s a little something for everyone, so you’re bound to find recipes you and your family enjoy. If you make a recipe from here and love it, I hope you’ll share a photo or comment on social media using the hashtag #passthewhine.
Thanks for visiting!