Fortunately I’m not, because this is one bet I would have lost. I should know by now not to assume what the kids will or will not eat. It’s not like they haven’t surprised me before, but this time I thought I would surely have been right.
You see this was one meal that kept popping up on our search for Greenlandic recipes, and it’s one I was not terribly thrilled about making. In fact, I think we were all kind of dreading this one. Now you would think that would be enough to find a different recipe, but we were determined to give it a shot. After all you never know, and that’s what this whole experience is about for us – learning new things.
So we finally set to making the recipe for Halibut Cream Casserole. (I think it was the word casserole that had me dreading this meal. While I’ve had plenty of good casseroles over the years, I still associate the word with the many bad ones I’ve eaten.) The kids were also complaining about the meal before we even started as they’re not big fans of stews, but on we went. We started with the halibut, which we were fortunate enough to find this time – and on the first try too!
We served our halibut cream casserole with a sprinkle of bacon, a side salad and a few slices of pizza for the kids; the deal being you try the soup and if you don’t like it you can have your leftover slices of pizza.
Now I will say that the stew actually smelled pretty good, so I did become a bit more optimistic. However after a few bites, I was less than impressed. The halibut tasted good, which is nice to know. I’d probably like this recipe better with halibut for sure. I didn’t really care for the preparation this time around though. In fact, I was done after a few bites. Sadly, this was the rare 1 spooner for me.
Now here’s where I would have lost the bet. Mr. N was the first to try his stew. Mostly I think he wanted to get it over with and get on with his pizza. Much to my surprise, however, he ate his first bite and kept on going! And going. He finished off his entire bowl of halibut casserole and then asked if he could have mine. I’m certain my mouth was gaping open as I turned to watch Miss A, and she too was eating spoon after spoon of the stew. The only thing the kids didn’t really care for was the celeriac, otherwise, everything else was devoured.
I asked the kids how many spoons they wanted to give the dish and Miss A immediately said, “Six.” Mr. N said with the celeriac 3 spoons, without it, definitely 4 spoons. I think I’m still in shock. Not only did they eat all of their soup, they never even asked about their pizza (which is fortunate because I ate them). Who knew. I certainly never would have guessed that my kids would pass up pizza for a fish stew. Never. Like I said, I would have lost this bet big time. Now we do have one more Greenlandic recipe to try before moving on, so I’m hopeful this one will be more up my alley. It’s going to take some experimenting first, so wish us luck and we’ll see you later this week!
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