Today's recipe is brought to you in honour of my Beloved, and his need for some TLC today. My brave Beloved went for his vasectomy today, and was feeling a tad... well... less than his best. The procedure went well, and with the prescribed pain killers and an ice pack, he'll be back to his happy self in a few days.
So, he was in need of some comfort food.
This recipe is fairly easy, and makes use of one of the best values in the grocery store... the rotisserie chicken. Think about it... a rotisserie chicken costs around $8 (here on the frozen flatland) and a tray of three boneless skinless chicken breasts costs around $10. I use the dark meat pieces for this recipe and then save the breast pieces for chicken salad or chicken fried rice later in the week.
Creamy Chicken & Rice Soup with Sauteed Mushrooms
10-12 cremini or button mushrooms, quartered
1 med onion, diced
3 tbsp butter, divided
1 tbsp olive oil
1/3 sherry or dry white wine (optional)
2 tbsp flour
1 box chicken stock
1 1/2 - 2 cups milk
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp dried chives
1 cup long grain white rice
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1 cup frozen peas
In a large heavy pot, melt 2 tbsp butter. Add olive oil. Add quartered mushrooms, and saute until lightly caramelized. Using a slotted spoon, remove mushrooms from pot and set aside.
|Please disregard the stained pot. I made coffee-braised|
roast beef one too many times in that pot, and it's stained
I served this with homemade buns. Yummy!
Ok... now onto the quandary. And I'm really looking for input.
Ginny, has stopped eating. Mostly. My little girl, who loves food, and has always eaten really well, is refusing to eat.
You may recall that a couple of days ago she was congested and had a fever. It has come and gone a couple of times over the last few days, but it has been easily controlled with tyl.en.ol and wearing lighter clothes.
Ginny was a little bit pukey on Wednesday (less than 24 hours after the onset of the fever) and threw up a bit of her breakfast. She ate well later that day... both lunch and dinner. Then, on Thursday she started refusing to eat. She ate a couple of spoonfulls of yoghurt at breakfast and that was it. She refused to eat both lunch and dinner. She also refused a snack of mandarin orange segments (which she usually looooooves). Today, she ate applesauce for breakfast, but no cereal or yoghurt. Lunch was only 4 little cubes of cheese and a few small pieces of ham. She completely refused dinner (and she normally devours soup & buns).
She's still drinking milk and water, so I'm not concerned about her getting dehydrated.
There are several things that I'm thinking may be possible contributing factors.
- She's just not feeling well. She's been kind of up and down ever since that fever set in. She'll be okay for a while, and then be very lethargic and just want cuddles.
- She may be teething. She's not happy with having her teeth brushed and she actually bit me today when I tried to check her molars (they still haven't cut through).
- We started feeding Pip solid food this week. Maybe she's jealous of the attention he's getting about eating?
- She's just trying to exert her independence? Some sort of excercise in becoming self-aware?
My Beloved and I are trying very hard not to make a big deal about it at the table, because we don't want this to trigger some sort of larger battle with food. Our rule is, she can choose not to eat, but she will sit at the table with her bib on until everyone is done eating. And she isn't allowed to play with her food. If she's not going to eat it we will move her bowl/plate to the other side of the table where it is available should she change her mind.
Do you think we are handling this right? When should I get concerned? I am, of course, going to keep offering her all her usual snacks and meals, and I've always bought into the accepted wisdom that if a child is hungry they will eat (and most children can miss a few meals without being negatively impacted).
But the Mummy in me is struggling.