We are a foodie family with an extreme picky eater as a child 

We are a foodie family with an extreme picky eater as a child 

We are a foodie family. There is no exaggeration to this statement. I breathe food: I cook it, eat it, write about it, share it. It’s my job! My husband is a restaura

teur and my daughter has been eating Moules Frites since the age of two. In her “get to know your student better” questionnaire created by her K2 teacher; she was asked what her favorite food was. She looked at me with a “what a hard question, I love everything!” (Insert eye roll emoji here). 

My son on the other hand, stopped eating at the age of 18 months. He went from eating all sorts of global cuisines to just a few items. Doctors always said to not bother and to not make a big deal. “He’ll go back to normal after a few months, all kids go through this stage!” Which is true. They all do! Even my daughter did but she bounced back to normality after a month and she was on a roll again. 

So WTF happened? I don’t know. I try to trace back events that happened and I get nothing. So for the past two years I have been my son’s personal short order chef. 

After eating only cheese, Zaatar and moghrabieh (semolina balls drenched in a caraway and cinnamon meat stock) started getting old. And his refusal of more food reaching an all time high,  I decided to see several feeding specialists. With the help of friends, I finally found one who seemed to have nailed it! The reason for his rejection of food was clearer now. The relief I felt was so nice. 

Apparently, my little boy who walked at nine months with super motor skills was now being told that his oral motor skills were crap. This was definitely not a case Doc Mc Stuffin could handle. In simpler terms, his mouth sends negative signals to his brain saying “this food is foreign material, ABORT!” And with time, now his brain is sending negative signals to his mouth creating an anxiety over food. This sux. This totally sux. But at least I now know and I can understand him better. 

So, although everyone tells me to stop catering to his preferences and to just starve him (which we have done before) this doesn’t work with a picky eater like Ryan. He requires daily mouth exercises with daily feeding therapy which I am doing. 

He is slowly getting better. Till he does, I will continue to cater to his picky eating by hiding nutritious food into the few things he does eat and hope that he will eat it. Sometimes he does and other times he picks up on my feeding tricks. It’s hard work. 

One thing is sure, my boy loves Zaatar, check out what I do with it in my video posted here and on my Instagram channel @onceuponapot

And if you are going through the same thing as I am, let’s connect! And if you know of any feeding therapists in Dubai then please let me know! 

Confession of a mommy – The Mac Daddy Experience

Confession of a mommy – The Mac Daddy Experience

For those who know me, you know how I feel about McDonalds! After watching several documentaries  (if you haven’t watched them yet, please do!) Food Inc, Super Size Me, and Fed Up. You begin to learn more about the food you once knew wasn’t the best choice but thought it wasn’t the worst choice either. After watching these documentaries, that opinion changed. My purchasing habits towards food completely changed. I am that annoying mom that stands in the middle of the supermarket aisle staring at the back of a box trying to read whether I can find crappy ingredients and how much sugar is included. If I do, I put it back on the shelf, go home and try to make it from scratch.

Back to McDonalds! I haven’t eaten it since 2010 and that was fine up until three weeks ago, I became this McDonalds late night eating monster! I would go out at night to party, and by the middle of the evening I was craving McDonalds (definitely doesn’t help that nothing else is open then!). It happened one night, and my husband happily took me to the drive thru near the house and I ordered a McChicken. He remained faithful and ordered nothing! Just stared at me and laughed.

The next weekend came, mommy party time was over and that damn Mcd’s urge came again! Like WTF! So I did it again and ordered a Spicy McChicken this time! We came home and my husband just sat right opposite of me drinking a protein shake (that’s him being supportive apparently) while I sat there and stuffed my face with a Spicy McChicken.

A few days pass and we decided to have a ladies night out without the men. Party is over and that annoying craving is back again. This time I don’t have my husband to take me to the drive thru so I suggest the idea to my Careem driver and I invite him to a meal as well! Happy, is an understatement on how he felt with my suggestion. So we go to the drive thru, we get our meals and I eat it again! I finally felt like I hit rock bottom and told my girl friends who obviously laughed at me. One of them sent me an article of how bad McDonalds was. I obviously knew and had read it before but for some reason I just couldn’t help myself!

I finally called it quits and decided to create my own homemade McDs Egg McMuffin the following morning! Let me tell you how good it was to not only eat something that good but to know that all the ingredients used were fresh and not treated with any chemicals or substitutes.

When all else fails! Go into your kitchen and make something home made! I have not had a McDonalds craving since then and I don’t think I ever will. Check out my homemade, finger licken Egg McMuffin. Deets below!

To make this double decker Egg Mc Muffin recipe, follow these THREE EASY directions below!

Step 1: Crack your eggs in these awesome molds from Lakeland! Once the eggs cook for one minute, add some water to your pan and cover. The goal is to cook your eggs all around and give them that omelette/sunny side up taste.


Step 2: After two minutes the water should have evaporated, and your eggs would have cooked throughout. Uncover and remove eggs from molds. They will be a perfect circle to fit right into an English Muffin cooked fresh at Spinneys.


Step 3: Lightly toast your muffins, add your bacon, ham, turkey or whatever it is that makes you happy and choose your favorite cheese. I put some good quality Gouda topped with my eggs so the cheese melted perfectly and oozed out of the muffin. THIS WAS SO GOOD! TRY IT AT HOME!