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will not eat sausages, a growing young man who will devour them all if we don’t keep our eyes open, and two others who will snootily insist on gravy, which Roddy has to make from onion and mushrooms. I ruefully admit this is all of our own making, but despite the moaning I’m happy. Their food snobbery is not truly that of a picky child, they eat all of their vegetables after all, devour green smoothies with kale when I make them, and even prefer wholegrain pasta to white! No, their’s is simply an awareness of what is considered healthy in the 21st century. What can I do but pour myself a glass of wine? It’ll be just the one glass, mind – the children are keeping notes, I just know it.....

Susan, husband Roddy and their five children live close to the coast in the Charente-Maritime. She shares her experiences on her popular blog at www.OurFrench Oasis.com.

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