So today marks the first day of the new school year for us folks in Western Australia. Nathan seemed to ease back into the whole school routine pretty easily without any drama or fuss.
I think the person who is stressing out the most about the whole thing is me.
Apart from the usual emotional hoo-haa over his first day… (side question: Is it really true that every single kindy child gets completely reshuffled into a new pre-primary class? Why does it seem like Nathan is the only child from his previous kindy class that’s been reshuffled into this particular pre-primary class?)… there’s also a new daily drill of lunch and recess food prep. Oh my goodness. What on earth do you pack in a kid’s lunchbox every day for five days straight?
I also prepare morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea everyday for all my family day care kids. It’s not easy juggling four individual food preferences and quirks, whilst maintaining a good balance of health, nutrition and variety.
By dinnertime, I’m barely making it to the last leg of kitchen duty. Sometimes I don’t even have any appetite left to eat anything myself after all that cooking and food prep.
On days like that, I usually wind up having a late supper on my own. Something calming, soothing and somewhat cleansing to melt away all the build up of toxins and stress.
Here are two current favourite supper dishes which are really simple to prepare but will knock your socks off—in very serene, rejuvenating way of course.
Silken tofu with spring onions and shallots
300g pack of silken tofu
1 spring onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fried shallots
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
Remove packaging from tofu, drain liquid and tip it out onto a microwave safe dish. Heat in microwave for about 45-60 seconds until warmed through. Drizzle over soy sauce and sesame oil. Top with spring onions and fried shallots. Serve immediately.
I enjoy slurping up this dish with some cold soba noodles, or just on it’s own like this. Clean and simple.
Papaya with Raspberries
(Adapted from Nigella Lawson)
1/2 papaya, seeds removed
125 punnet fresh raspberries
Place papaya on dish. Fill cavity of papaya with raspberries. Squeeze lime over fruit. Serve immediately.
This dish feels so indulgent in a completely guilt-free way. I always feel so cleansed and detoxified after eating this.