Mouth full of ulcers

Rather than sharing my full menu from last week I will be sharing what I attempted to feed my son.

Last week he had some sort of virus which included having lots of ulcers in his mouth.  As his mouth was really sore and his throat was quite sore as well he struggled to eat.  He was that hungry but when he did try and eat it was painful.  We did get something from the chemist to paint on his mouth every 3 hrs as needed.

There were a few days were he would paint this stuff on his mouth at the 3 hr mark and have a few mouthfuls of something before it just got to painful.

So what did I feed him:

  • cashew custard
  • scrambled eggs made with 2 beaten eggs and about 1tbs whole egg mayo.
  • jelly
  • soup – I had some sweet potato soup in the freezer
  • sushi
  • cookie dough – normally  I would never feed my children a whole batch of uncooked cookie dough but he ate a whole batch of cookie dough over about 3 few days.
  • fish & chips

I also offered him:

  • dairy free milk shakes (he wanted strawberry milk but I didn’t want him to have any dairy so offered to make him a drink made on some sort of nut milk)
  • chia pudding
  • green shake

 

I knew he was getting better when he ate a whole steak on Sunday & then proceeded to eat the rest of his sisters.

What other soft foods would you recommend for when someone has a sore mouth?

Last Weeks Menu – 9 November

Our dinners consisted of:

Monday:  Spicy BBQ Chicken, used this recipe but we just marinated the chicken, cooked it on the BBQ and made the rice in a tupperware microwave rice cooker.  I had marinated the chicken earlier in the day as I was out closer to dinner time and then my husband could start cooking it before we came home.

Tuesday: As the kids were out we enjoyed leftover spicy BBQ chicken.  We had also enjoyed the leftover chicken with our lunches in various forms.

Wednesday:  I made fried rice to use up the last of the chicken.  I had also cooked plenty of rice the night before in preparation for the fried rice.

Thursday:  Dinner at Mum & Dad’s – Quick Chilli Beef (well Dad’s version).nachos2

Friday:  BBQ steak, sausages & potato chips, along with peas & carrots.

Saturday:  Out again (yay another night off cooking!)

Sunday:  DF Beef Stroganoff  – another recipe from the Quirky Cooking cookbook.

This week I’ve baked Rich & Gooey Flourless Brownies which I made using some leftover frozen almond pulp from making almond milk and ground almonds.  I also substituted almond milk for coconut cream as I couldn’t find any coconut cream in my cupboard (forgetting there was a tin in my fridge).  I also baked some gluten, nut & dairy free apple cinnamon muffins.

My son who hasn’t been well for the last few days and requested cashew custard.  I used up our cashews so used macadamia nuts to make up the rest of the amount.  He had 2 helpings when I first made it so I think he liked it.  I love the fact that this is healthy enough to eat for breakfast if he desires.

What have you been cooking lately?

In a Cast Again!

After visiting emergency & getting a half-cast.

After visiting emergency & getting a half-cast.

My son has spent the last month in a cast.  This is the second time this year.  Earlier in the year he broke the scaphoid bone in his right wrist after falling off his skateboard.  This time he hurt his left wrist and although no break was showing on the x-ray they put a cast on it due to the amount of tenderness in the area and the need for it to be set properly if there is a break.

Both times have been skateboarding accidents and it begs the question, should we

The full cast, with a few signatures.

The full cast, with a few signatures.

ban him from skateboarding?  I am loath to do this for a number of reasons.  He was outdoors in the fresh air getting exercise when he could have easily been on a screen.  Accidents can happen at any time.  The first time he ended up in a cast a few years ago was after he tripped on his scooter on the way to the car and rolled his ankle.  He wasn’t even riding the scooter when that accident happened.  Taking risks is a part of life.  I’m not saying we should let our children or ourselves do anything we want but age appropriate risks are ok.

We have tried not to stop our children from doing things but let them take age appropriate risks.  They both used child scissors from 2 or 3 years of age.  My daughter used to help in the kitchen from a young age and I can remember her helping to cut the carrots for dinner with her knife when she was about 5.  She possibly could have used a sharp knife under supervision.  I’m pretty sure she helped me use a hot glue gun to glue fake gems to plastic cups for her 6th birthday fairy tale party.  They have both climbed trees etc from when they could.  My husband watched my daughter climb a ladder at about 13 months old and was most impressed that she was keeping 3 limbs on the ladder whilst moving 1 hand or foot.  They made their own swings to hang off a tree and swung on them (admittedly they were quite close to the ground).  My son got a pocket knife when he was about 10.   We have let them light candles from a fairly young age, under supervision.

Waiting to visit the plaster room.

Waiting to visit the plaster room.

Whilst not letting them take dangerous risks we have let our children take age appropriate risks.  They got scooters when they were 3 & 5 and have used them in skate parks from about 8 years of age, but only on the parts they were confident to go on.  My sons confidence is obviously growing as this latest accident involved jumping down 2 stairs on his skateboard, which he did manage the first time.

While we were waiting in the fracture clinic my son was watching some Ted Talks on his phone, including 5 Dangerous Things you Should let your children do. 

Whilst I don’t agree with everything he says I do agree with the principle that we need to let our kids use things that might be considered dangerous in order to learn & develop.  I have also admired Teacher Tom and what he lets children use in the preschool he works in, including hot glue guns.  The more we wrap our children up or stop them doing things the less they learn about how to use things safely.

Although I’m hoping not to be visiting the emergency ward, fracture clinic or plaster room anytime again soon; no doubt my son will be riding his skateboard again in the coming months as long as he is wearing his helmet.

What age appropriate risks have you let your children take?

Last Weeks Menu – 2 November

Last Weeks Menu was really not planned.  Since I worked Monday, my usual menu planning and shopping day, I just did a quick shop after work and bought what I thought we might need.  This did mean a few extra trips to the shop.

So the dinners that we did end up having were:

Monday – Leftover savoury mince with corn chips, the corn chips helped the mince go further.

Tuesday – BBQ with steak, sausages, cubed potatoes; served with carrots & peas.

creamy salsa chicken served with corn chips, cheese, lettuce & avocado.

creamy salsa chicken served with corn chips, cheese, lettuce & avocado.

Wednesday & Thursday – Creamy Salsa Chicken – I made up some macadamia cream as my daughter doesn’t like coconut.  Will be using this recipe again.

Friday – My husband & son had a GF/DF fry pan pizza and my daughter made herself a toasted sandwich as she was going out.  I was out.

Saturday – KFC (Krispy Fried Chicken) – made the coating with white rice flour as I didn’t have any brown rice flour and dipped the chicken in the coating, the egg & then back in the coating.  Always popular at our house.

Sunday – Ham steaks with pineapple, airfried potato & sweet potato chips with carrots & peas.  Both children enjoyed leftover ham steaks sandwiches for lunch today.

digestive marsmallow slice.

digestive marsmallow slice.

This week I have baked melting moments, coconut cupcakes (My daughter who doesn’t like coconut thought the shredded coconut was apple.  I used tapioca flour instead of buckwheat flour), chocolate slice, chocolate brownies & cracka-lackin crackle cookies.  I also made  a slice to use up some digestive biscuits my son had opened and not eaten.  I simply broke the biscuits up and then melted about 125g butter along with a handful or 2 of marshmallows, added more marshmallows & some cocoa to the biscuits, mixed it all together and set it in the fridge.  As our breakfast choices were getting a bit slim I also made some more  choc crunch granola .

What have you been cooking/baking lately?