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Dictionary.com states the definition as:
catch-as-catch-canBut what she really meant was, "Do as you like, I'm not cooking" and everyone in our family had to rely on their own resources to rustle up a bite.
1. Also, catch-can. taking advantage of any opportunity; using any method that can be applied: a catch-as-catch-can life, as an itinerant handyman.
I'm the Chief Cook around here and since becoming a parent, the possibility of having a catch-as-catch-can dinner is very remote. I don't think my 7 and 9-year-old boys are ready to fend for themselves just yet. Yes, I know there are Junior Masterchefs younger than my oldest, so maybe it's me who's not ready to relinquish my kitchen to the mess and mayhem they would cause*. Regardless, the closest I come to catch-as-catch-can is to prepare something quick for the boys and then let Will find some two-minute noodles if he gets hungry.
I do enjoy cooking some of the time, but a lot of the time it is just one of those mundane tasks that always gets put off until the very last minute, which makes the task even more undesirable. So I long for the day when I can simply say "Catch as catch can" in response to that age-old question, "What's for dinner, Mum?"
Did you ever have catch-as-catch can meals when you were growing up, or are you lucky enough to be able to enjoy them now?
*I do plan to teach those boys how to cook the minute I think they're mature enough. That way, when I just can't be bothered, my boys can take turns doing the cooking for me--good plan right?