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I’ve just sent my 13-year-old to his room. After I’d given him a rundown of the supper options, his response was, 'Why don’t you cook stuff we actually want to eat?’ Stung, I reminded him that I am a very good cook. 'Yeah, of Middle Eastern food…’ he sneered. I love cooking but feeding my children is the hardest thing I have to do. Goodness knows how parents who don’t like cooking cope.

Last year I had to go on the Today programme to defend my profession. The charge? Research had revealed that, despite the plethora of cookery books and programmes, most mothers only actually cooked six recipes. I rather spoilt the set-up (I think I was supposed to claim that food writers were always giving good ideas and then squirm a bit) by saying I thought that was quite a lot. And I was serious.

There are only about six dishes that my kids truly love: shepherd’s pie, lasagne, chicken and egg fried rice, fish cakes, roast chicken and, um (I’m struggling here)… oh, yes, baked potatoes. They don’t like things to be too spicy ('Mum, it’s burning my tongue!’) and the six-year-old will have no truck with anything that has herbs in it ('Look, you put the green stuff in!’). They loathe the texture of aubergines and mushrooms. The little one could eat his body weight in pasta with tuna and sweetcorn but the 13-year-old regards this as juvenile food. This can mean two different meals for them (and then another one for my partner when he gets home). Some nights when I am washing up at 11pm I think that being shouted at in a professional kitchen would be easier. And at least I’d have cooked something thrilling.

Do you notice the chief characteristic of my kids’ very favourite dishes – lasagne and shepherd’s pie? They can’t exactly be rustled up. After I make a lasagne I usually need a lie-down. I am not, admittedly, a very fast cook, but I’m always shocked that it takes me half a day to make this family staple. You’d have to be hooked up to an espresso drip to cope with that on a daily basis. No wonder Italians drink so much coffee.

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