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Mums admit they’ll eat anything made by their kids - no matter how bad it turns out

Half of mums admit they have eaten something that looked inedible - because it was made especially for them by their child

Lucy Brimble
Friday 17 March 2023 21:05 GMT
With Mother’s Day fast approaching Claudine Boulstridge has created some simple and delicious recipes kids can make themselves
With Mother’s Day fast approaching Claudine Boulstridge has created some simple and delicious recipes kids can make themselves (SWNS)

A poll of 2,000 mothers with children over eight found 46 per cent have been cooked something by their little one as a surprise, only to be taken aback by its unappetising appearance.

Exactly half felt they had to eat what had been cooked for them despite what it looked like, as their son or daughter insisted on sitting with them until they were done.

In doing so, 82 per cent said their child took this as a sign to make food for them more often.

It also emerged 49 per cent have previously pretended to eat a meal their kid has made them, while 26 per cent of those with dogs admit they ended up giving it to the family pet.

The research, commissioned by Ocado, found 56 per cent have previously had food cooked for them by their child on Mother’s Day – with birthdays, Christmas and Easter also among the most common occasions for this to happen.

To ensure mums are happy with their homecooked meals this Mother’s Day, the online supermarket has teamed up with popular family recipe developer, Claudine Boulstridge, to create some simple and delicious breakfast recipes kids can make themselves.

The meals include the “Mum-lette” - fun and exciting omelette kids can decorate to look like their mum - yoghurt bark rainbow lollipops complete with colourful fruits and seeds, and a three-minute microwave mug toast topped with Nutella and raspberries.

Laura Rowe, food expert at Ocado, said: "Cooking and eating together as a family is so important, but we know from our research (and experience) that children often need a helping hand when it comes to mealtimes.

"That’s why this Mother’s Day we’ve created recipes that are not only exciting and easy for children to make, but delicious too.”

“Saving it for later” is an excuse 47 per cent of mums have previously used to get out of eating a meal cooked by their child.

And 57 per cent have even suggested giving it to their partner instead as a way of getting out of consuming it.

Despite generally getting away with it, 24 per cent admit they’ve made their child upset by turning down something made by them.

Nearly two-thirds (62 per cent) reckon they will eat whatever their little one makes them, no matter how unappetising it looks, because it would have been made with love.

Sandwiches, pasta, and fairy cakes are among the most common foods children have cooked for their mums, according to the OnePoll study.

And when making these meals, 66 per cent say their child leaves no pot or pan unused – which ends up with parents having to spend ages in the kitchen clearing up their mess.

Laura Rowe added: “Our five child-friendly and easy-to-follow recipes give kids an intro to cooking so they can get hands-on this Mother’s Day.

"Whether they’re serving up an artistic omelette masterpiece, or breakfast-friendly yoghurt lollies, we’re here to make sure children and parents alike are proud of what is on their plate."

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