What Makes You Feel At Home?
The fast pace of Dubai life, and this is probably the same for most places in the world, is so busy, that I find myself wanting to stay home and spend more time with my family, than ever before. Rushing from meeting to meeting, from one errand to the next, leaves little time for us all to enjoy each other’s company.
While a lot of people would prefer being out and about over the weekend, we find the peace and tranquility at home, the best way to unwind. I know you’re thinking “but there’s 3 kids, surely it’s chaotic.” Thankfully my three are quite reasonable when it comes to being calm and easygoing, so our weekends at home often entail playing board games (we are avid fans), reading books, or pottering about in the kitchen. On some Fridays my girls make us breakfast, though often it’s a team effort. I’m sure most people would agree that there’s nothing like a home-cooked meal and it’s even better when your kids are behind the feast. In our home we bond over lots of thing and this is one way that we feel at home.
So what else do we do to make our home more than just a house? We create our favourite dishes together and then enjoy them together.
My son’s absolute favourite food are bananas and so the two of us make banana muffins quite often, baking them in my Midea cooker. I’m allowed to assist but he loves to measure and mix everything together, which is fine by me. Baking is a life skill that is often overlooked, and teaches him not only to be independent but all about math, science and taking pride in your work. We often make double the recipe though because the smell wafting through my house brings everyone to the kitchen and sure enough at least half the batch has been eaten soon after they’ve been baked! It’s probably one of his favourite activities, after board games that is and there’s no need to worry about a burnt little nose or fingers when he peeks in on his baking either, because of Midea’s safe 3-layer glass oven door.
If there are any muffins left over, I take the remainder and then store them in our double-door fridge to keep chilled, because in Dubai’s heat, I don’t want any of our hard work to go bad.
My middle daughter loves to bake and cook too but slightly more complex recipes. She’s a huge fan of homemade chocolate pudding which she loves to help me make. It’s an easy recipe so it’s ideal for her to learn. The most challenging part about the whole thing is probably waiting for it to set in the fridge for a few hours…and waiting to eat it!
My eldest who had more time to experiment in the kitchen previously, and is an expert at some dishes, is now a fan of making the simple grilled cheese sandwich. I don’t blame her though. Who can resist oozing, melted cheese and perfectly toasted bread. She’s old enough not to need my help anymore which makes me kind of nostalgic for when she was younger but at least she still hugs me before rushing into school which is a gesture that I really value.
Now for my husband. He makes a mean cup of tea and really creamy moreish scrambled eggs but for the safety of my kitchen and all my beloved appliances, I think it’s safer if I cook his meals. If you’re reading this dear husband, I’m sorry! Please continue to make me tea!
To be honest I’m actually waiting for the day when my kids can cook too and I can laze around on the couch with my book. I’m also looking forward to critiquing their food. Don’t worry I’ll be kind, though I wish I could say the same about them and my cooking at times. Kids are the toughest reviewers by far!
Although not all of us love tinkering in the kitchen all the time, I know that we all enjoy gathering around the table at mealtimes. That’s because we’re all together, we’re all at home and we can share stories about our day with one another. And what can be better than that? Enjoying each another’s company, making jokes and commiserating if need be, over a delicious roasted chicken or cups of tea and cake. When I was younger the most animated time of the day in my home was usually when my five siblings and myself along with our parents gathered around the table for supper. Quite often we each had a friend too so it was a very busy dinner table! Some of our most memorable meals were around that table and now I’m trying to recreate the same experiences for my kids, and so far so good, because as long as we are together…#ImHome.
Now that I’ve shared what makes me feel at home, I’m intrigued to read all about you guys. Share your stories with me and tell me what makes you feel at home with Midea and the hashtag #ImHome.