Valuing family mealtimes

Spending time together around the table is just one of the small but important things that make a difference for Brooke Elers and her five children. For this Coles customer, “family is everything”.

A family sitting around the table enjoying a meal

Q: What do you value about coming together as a family at mealtimes?

Having and sharing quality time with family and friends is a vital part of life for us. Life can be very busy and I’ve instilled in my children that taking the time to spend with loved ones will create some of the best memories that can be made and is as simple as sharing a meal together. Life is precious and often short, and it’s essential to be with loved ones to stay grounded and connected. Overall it brings happiness.

Q: What are the small things that make it special?

Having a busy sporting schedule, we find ourselves running from one event or training to the next. The times we stop and chill often bring just as much happiness because we can see our children interact with one another, be themselves, enjoy the time with their siblings while having fun and smiling, and usually enjoy the food that’s on offer.

Q: What do you usually cook? 

Tacos or pasta are very popular at home.

Q: Is there a memorable meal you recall, perhaps from your childhood?

A childhood memory was always my Nan baking a Sunday roast. The meat would vary but the sides would not, always consisting of vegetables with roast potato and pumpkin. I’m not sure why but Nan’s gravy was heavenly and flavoursome. The smell of Sundays at home resonates with me to this day and is a reason why our family has roasts once a week also. 

Q: Tell us about your family and what it means to you.

My husband and I are the proud parents of our five beautiful children aged 14, 13, 11, 6 and 3. We feel so lucky to have a large family and embrace all the moments we get to share together. Although at times we are super busy, we wouldn’t have it any other way. Being able to experience so many firsts over and over, the roller coaster of being a big sporting family combined with the special bond we share is a true testament to the love and support we have for one another. Family is everything. 

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