One day, I made a delicious dinner of steamed fish and vegetables for my family.
I also made a serve of Shanghai style eggplant (with garlic and chilli) just for my husband and I, because my children haaaate eggplant.
But we have a rule in my house: Thou Shalt Eat ONE BITE Of Everything I Cook.
So I decided to play a HILARIOUS joke on my kids.
I placed a thin slice of steamed eggplant on their green vegetables.
OMG the texture and colour was astonishingly similar to a slug.
And even I thought it looked like a slug.
You should have seen their faces.
They went pale and green and then all bug eyed.
And they were all BLERGH AAARGHHH UGGGGHHHHH YELLLLCCCHHH MUUU-UUUMM.
And in that moment – I don’t know if you ever read the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes – I really wanted to keep a straight face and just go 100% with the ploy, telling them casually that… “Yep, I cooked up some slugs for dinner, WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL? They are lovely, soft and squishy and they have a nice, sweet, mild garlic flavour. Just take a bite for goodness sake.”
But in the end, I couldn’t suppress my laughter. My face was contorted in a twisted grin of pokerface merriment.
So I had to apologise and tell them the truth –
Mum is seriously bat-shit-bored of cooking dinner!