At music group today Bert had three tantrums, threw a plastic cuckoo clock at his best friend’s head and refused to apologise. When his dad asked him at dinner if ‘Tadpole Tunes was good’, Bert replied with a flat ‘no’.
When I was trying to convince him to leave the house at lunchtime, I said ‘you can jump off the back of the sofa and then we’ll leave. Deal?’ He laughed, said ‘No deal!’ in a high-pitched voice and dived, head first, off the sofa.
He did eat this, on condition that I spoon feed him.
Winning at parenting; as Bert would say, ‘I nailed!’
Cooked rice, left to cool (works even better if cooked the day before)
4 eggs beaten with 2 tablespoons of soy sauce and 1 of fish sauce
Thumb (what else!) of ginger, grated
1/2 small white cabbage, finely sliced to ribbons
Handful of frozen edamame beans or peas
6 spring onions, finely sliced
Leftover chicken or pork, shredded, or some frozen prawns (or a combination of these)
4 tablespoons sunflower oil
50g salted peanuts, bashed into chunks
Heat half of the oil in a wok and cook the cabbage and ginger for about 5 minutes, till wilting, then add the cooked meat, onions and beans and cook for another three minutes. Remove to a bowl.
Get the rest of the oil smoking hot in the wok then add the rice, stirring quickly till it’s coated with oil. Add the egg mixture and stir rapidly till it’s completely coating the rice, then keep stirring and cook till it’s starting to brown and caramelise in places. Stir the rest back through and serve, sprinkling the peanuts on at the table.
From the National Trust Family Cookbook.