I've suddenly realised that my first proper week of unemployment starts tomorrow and that in just over ten days I'll be a full-time mum (we're leaving the girls in nursery on Thursday and Friday next week to allow time for packing ('cos I can pack up my house in two days, easy)).
I've got all sorts of worries about this: will I lose my identity? Will B respect me if I'm not contributing to the family income? Will the girls respect me when they're grown up? Will I respect me when I can't remember who the prime minister is? What on earth am I going to do with all that empty time???
But I've suddenly realised that I've given no thought at all to the biggie: What on earth am I going to feed them?
I'm going to have to provide three delicious, nutritious meals a day, every day. No respite: no "Oh well, they're going to nursery tomorrow, I won't have to think about it"; no "They eat a varied diet at nursery, so fishfingers for the third time this week won't kill them"
So this is a plea for advice.... what do you feed your children? And, more specifically what do you feed them for lunch? Even I can make a piece of toast and put some cereal in a bowl at breakfast and I have a repertoire of things I feed them at suppertime* (it's remarkably the same as the stuff my mother used to feed me) but my brain goes blank on lunch.
I think the problem is that it's so long since I ate anything other than a sandwich or soup for lunch that I can't think beyond that. But somehow I instinctively feel that a sandwich isn't sufficient if you're sixteen months old, and I'm not sure my kitchen floor would survive me giving them soup (even assuming L would eat it). But I'm also not sure if I'm supposed to be giving them a proper hot meal at lunchtime too. Am I?
So, please help! Hints, tips, recipes...any and all gratefully received.
*Things I feed my children: shepherds pie, fish pie, spag bol, Annabel Karmel's chicken sausages (actually I make them into chicken burgers), AK's salmon rosti, the ubiquitous fishfingers (used to be home-made pre-A and S, now I am Captain Birdseye's most loyal fan), sausages, risotto (they actually tend to get that one for lunch), roast dinner if we're all having it (so not very often then), beans on toast, jacket potatoes, eggy bread, erm... that's it. It's not wildly exciting is it?