Kid Cuisine

I used to make this dish, usually around the first part of October after a successful deer hunt, where I would take a section of venison loin, season it with little sea salt, fresh ground pepper and just touch of cinnamon and nutmeg, and sear it on all sides in a hot cast iron pan until it had a nice caramelized crust. I would then take this loin and stick it in the oven to slow roast. While waiting for it to reach a medium rare I would throw a little butter and a few finely chopped shallots into the pan I seared the loin in, let the shallots soften up a bit and then deglaze the pan with a splash of good bourbon and a half bottle of one of the seasonal pumpkin beers that come out around that time of year. I’d cook that down, add a dash of pumpkin pie spice and some cream, let it thicken up a little bit and serve this sauce with the medium rare loin and a side of homemade sweet potato fries.

Before children this kind of meal wasn’t unusual in my home.

Gumbos, creoles, shrimp  and grits, seafood stews, wild game cooked any and every way I could think of; almost all the ingredients caught, grown or shot by me or someone whose name I at least knew…

Tonight for dinner I had Mickey Mouse shaped chicken nuggets, boxed mac & cheese and frozen broccoli.

This kind of meal isn’t unusual in my house now.

Yay kids.



8 comments on “Kid Cuisine

  1. Mel B says:

    Oh I get this. Totally. Gone are the days of fancy dinner parties, starting with a morning trip to the farmers market, flower market and fishmongers, with a leisurely prep throughout the afternoon. The thought now terrifies me!
    Almost 5 years since the first child was born and another once since and we are still yet to have more than three dinner guests at a time!

    • agitatedangler says:

      It’s definitely a tough transition. I have faith that one day in the future I’ll have the time to harvest and cook the way I used to. And maybe if I’m lucky the kids will stop viewing the peanut butter and jelly sandwich as the only food worth eating…

  2. Man I’ve. Only eaten venison. A few times and that made my mouth water!!!!!! I understand completely!

  3. OMG. I’m a vegetarian and I still got all tingly reading your description of the venison meal. Yum. Eee.
    Oh, and the kids may eventually get more adventurous. I say “may” only because one of our sons has done so, adventuring into mostly asian cuisines. The other? He’s 17 and 6’3″, already looking like the man he will become, and he’s still eating white rice, white bread, and….drum roll, please…. only the kind of macncheese he likes (Kraft, not Velveeta).

  4. carrico says:

    Aind the kids cooked it, right? Man, and no dishes to clean up. Fingers, dude: I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot the deputy……………….

  5. mistyfalcon says:

    haha! I feel your pain…but trust me, it does get better! Some days my daughter ONLY wants PB&J and my son ONLY wants chicken noodle soup (canned version). Baby steps…I say, make the meal for yourself, and introduce little by little. 🙂 Good luck!

    • agitatedangler says:

      Thanks! I still try about once or twice a week to cook something the kids think of as weird (like meatloaf, 😉 ) but being out numbered I unfortunately often find it easier to just give in and cook what I know they like. But I’ll keep trying…

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