Frozen Pea Snacks

They call it the “Arsenic Hour.” Who “They” are and why they call it Arsenic, I don’t know. According to the dictionary, Arsenic is a grayish-white element having a metallic lustre, vaporizing when heated, and forming poisonous compounds. We’re just talking about the time just before dinner where the kids are hungry. Mum and Dad are stressed and busy, and the kids either want to be right under the busiest feet or crying.

In our house, with a 2 ½ year old and a 1 year old, we’ve discovered a trick that can ease this pressure and I want to share it with you. It’s not television, nor sugary snacks, not locking them up the other end of the house, yelling or threatening time out. It’s not pleading with them to stop crying, sending them outside and locking the door or bathing them early even though all of these weapons have been considered, and used with varying degrees of effect by many of us in the past.

We even tried child gates across every entrance to the kitchen. This, while stopping the kids from getting in the oven, unfortunately causes them to behave like very unhappy criminals protesting their innocence from a maximum security prison cell. The irony is that the children hanging white knuckled and wailing on the bars are free and those in the kitchen preparing dinner are incarcerated, yet you can’t explain that to a two year old.

The trick that eventually worked in our house is frozen peas. Frozen peas are cheap, clean, healthy, fun and they’re not going to spoil dinner. They’re also icy cold so not evil like all the other vegetables apparently are.

Pour a handful of frozen peas straight from the bag in the freezer into a bowl and serve.

The only downsides to this so far are that when the peas are spilt, they have to be picked up one at a time and when you run out of frozen peas, frozen mixed vegetables don’t seem to have the same effect. Try it out. In our house, frozen peas have become the saviour in the half hour between when the kids think dinner should be, and when dinner is actually served.

This week anyway...


  1. AnonymousMay 12, 2009

    Perhaps the children being quiet is because they are turning blue choking on them.. ah well.. it achieves peace either way.. :-)

  2. Frozen peas are a hit in our house as well. and they make good missiles to chuck at your brother..

  3. ew yuk! I hate peas, they are not found anywhere in my house!