Feeding my family

meine-liebe-300x300I have four lovely children, Anouk (18), Niels (16), Liset (14) and Joris (10). They grow up fast and lately they have been complaining there is not enough food on the table at tea time.

I usually have the same amount of food for every meal and when they complained I decided to make 50 % extra for each meal from now on. For example, instead of just over 1 kilogram of peeled potatoes I now made at least 1.5 kilogram. Or rice, or pasta. And likewise for vegetables and meat.

Now I thought that would be more than needed but after a week I realised that at the end of every meal all pans are empty, even with those large quantities of food! Amazing! So I asked them how come and they replied: “Well, ever since you became a stay at home dad you have been cooking tea for us with only fresh ingredients and it tastes a lot better. So naturally we eat more.” And then I asked, “but you said there wasn’t enough food lately.”, to which my youngest daughter replied, “Oh there is enough food alright but we just want more of it because we like it better than when you used to come home from work and used other things to cook us tea.”

It gives me great joy to feed my family and to make meals prepared with a lot of creativity and fantasy. But I just have to find a way to pay for all that extra food. Either that or make it less attractive … Neh!

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Leendert van Gemeren

Dit ben ik, Leendert. Ik ben een beetje ouderwets en houd van dingen die geweest zijn, bijvoorbeeld oude Engelse series op TV zoals All Creatures Great And Small, mechanische horloges, bifocale brillen en oude langspeelplaten. Ik houd niet van moderne dingen en werk regelmatig aan een ouderwetse modelspoorbaan. Ik volg Jezus en schrijf mijn gedichten soms ook over Hem maar ik schrijf ook verhalen over het leven. Excentriek. Op feestjes ben ik vaak te vinden in de keuken.


This is me, Leendert. I am a little bit old-fashioned and I love things from the past, old series like All Creatures Great And Small, mechanical wristwatches, bi-focal glasses and vinyl records for example. I am not keen on modern things and I often work on this old style model railway. I follow Jesus and sometimes write a poem about Him but I also write about my life. Eccentric. You can often find me in the kitchen at parties.

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