My family and it's crazy love affair with ketchup
Ketchup, ketchup, simply ketchup everywhere...
I grew up with ketchup featuring as a regular accompaniment to a hearty lunch of potato chips, a healthy slab of pork chops and a side dish of fried onions or any other vegetable, mostly a salad if my mum felt like it. Well that's mainly how I knew ketchup was eaten. I personally wouldn't eat it with any other thing. I remember how My dad used to splatter a whole lot on his mountain of chips so that by the time he was done, his plate of potato chips and what ever else was in it looked like it had been invaded by strange looking red ants! In the end it was all about the best ketchup.
In my household its my kids who simply love ketchup. Its like a family love affair with ketchup. The bottle of ketchup almost feels like another member of the family in an odd sort of way during meal times.
It has a permanent slot on our weekly shopping list. We go through two 1kg bottles a month. There is always a bottle of ketchup in the fridge and a spare one in the kitchen cupboard, because its in such high demand by the young members of my household that we simply cannot afford to run out. The need for it is on the same level as milk, bread, butter and chocolate spread which the kids are crazy about. I haven't mentioned the mess they make with the ketchup, that of course is another story.
Sunday mornings are always a treat for my family. We kiss good bye to healthy eating and go beserk with junk food with ketchup featuring high on the list of sauces, all in the name of "once in a while its good to give yourself a treat."
In recent times however my kids have become very adventurous with their taste buds and have been experimenting eating ketchup with different foods. They have taken their love for ketchup to another level. Its not just an accompaniment for Sunday brunches, but features in whatever meal thinkable and possible.
Ketchup is now a permanent accompaniment to a lovely crunchy slice of toasted bread with melted butter every morning for my kids. My four year old daughter grumbles when I forget to add the famous red dollop to her slice of toast.
I would never have imagined that ketchup and cheese go well together, but in my home where kids eat the funniest things, it does. The love affair with ketchup is intense. My son bless him, snacks on cheddar cheese and ketchup and describes the combination as "out of this world".
Just when I thought it can't get any worse, (and I say this with a huge smile on my face) my kids start eating ketchup with pancake. Not not savoury ones,sweet ones. I can't begin to fathom how or what made them think about such a combination, but they simply love to have the two together. I really think kids are amazing and come up with the most amazing and quirky things, that we adults never think to dream of.
Ketchup in my household has come to stay. Whether it is something the kids will grow out of or not, only time will tell. My kids eat the strangest food combos but you know what it doesn't bother me at all. If they are happy, I'm happy. I'd rather have children who eat because they are hungry and want to eat than a child who makes a face when given food to eat. To me a child that eats well is a healthy child, and a healthy child is definitely a happy child, so guess what this is one time that I'm not complaining.