I've always pride myself to make a home cook meal from scratch. American food
was a treat on the weekend way back when. On Long Island the treat on Saturday
was driving to Wetson's drive thru.
Today, fast food is now the norm during the week for lunch and dinner.
Yes, I'm a boomer and in the beginning my daughter appreciated my Asian dishes
for dinner. She didn't know any better, now she grew up and more picky. Yes, I
take responsibility for introducing McDonald fries to my little toddler and she
loved it. Yes, Taco Bell and Rita's ice cream, plus pizza both fresh and frozen,
corn dogs, hot dogs and I can go on and on. Not thinking how that might effect
her future appetite, school lunches didnt help much with nuggets, fried food and
God knows what else that is so unhealthy. The less I know I guess the better.
Then going out eating a soft pretzel or Cinnabon, fried chicken at the res stops,
Panda Express just wasn't the right direction to eat better. No matter where you
looked, we're being bombarded with food advertisement on billboard, running
across our TV/s is just a bad thing.
So am I really surprised that she wants a sub, plus since living in the burbs,
access to good food is limited.
So, what is a dad to do? Apparently not much. Trying to make smaller portions
tastier like a little more sugar flavor, always a good option but is it really healthy?
For me no way but for her everything in moderation is ok. She enjoys boney items
w dark meat, more flavor, mix it up a bit, one night Italian, then Chinese, then
Mexican but to me its a vicious cycle.
Then she makes her way to the kitchen and her famous annoying words are
blurted out "Dad Not Chinese again"! or One night I decided to make her favorite. I
prepped all items and started cooking. I was damn proud but when I presented it
to her, she said "Dad, I used to like it but no longer".
I was flabbergasted. So what is a Dad to do? That is the question that will haunt
me the rest of my life! Moving forward, I cook a small portion for myself and if
she likes it I give her a small portion.
My daughter who is going through terrible 13 will drive me to an early grave!
I'll always remember her famous words to be "Daddy, this is what you signed up for?"
By Chef Woo Can
P.S: Comment if you can relate?