The popular Netflix reality show, Selling Sunset, gets many things right. From the amazing outfits and fabulous properties to the drama and high-powered women. However, there’s one thing they represent in a very unrealistic way and that is motherhood.
Motherhood in Selling Sunset
In season five, there’s a scene where the real estate agent Christine Quinn said she sleep-trained her son when he was less than a month old. Later on, she enjoyed a picnic with Chelsea Lazkani, where both babies didn’t make a sound. They both also joked about how they don’t cook, and Christine even said that she doesn’t do it because she’s a mom. In general, the day-to-day truth of mothering isn’t represented in the show, which paints a very unrealistic picture.
Can’t Sleep Train a Newborn
At some point in Selling Sunset, Chelsea and Christine talk about how Christine had her infant son sleep trained before he was one month old. But, experts cast serious doubt on the claim, as no doctor or sleep specialist would recommend sleep training before the child reaches at least four months. Before getting to four months, the baby isn’t developmentally ready to sleep through the night and drop his feeds.
No Baby vs. Mom Ultimatum During Childbirth
Christine also claimed on Selling Sunset that at some point, during childbirth, the doctor asked her husband to choose between saving her or the baby. After the episode, many OB-GYNs and other specialists commented that this is extremely rare and is most likely untrue. They explained that if the mother doesn’t survive, chances to save the baby drop dramatically and if the doctor and/or midwives focus only on the baby they may lose the mother and then the baby. So, they wouldn’t give such an ultimatum during childbirth.
Getting Back into Pre-Pregnancy Shape Right Away Is Rare
Christine was dressed in couture clothes and was looking the way she did pre-pregnancy immediately after the birth of her son. Although it could happen, it’s uncommon for a woman to fit right back into her pre-pregnancy clothes, which portrays a false picture of what postpartum looks like.
Parents Usually Cook a Lot
Surely many viewers of Selling Sunset raised eyebrows when Christine stated she doesn’t cook because she’s a mom. Although having a chef or ordering out may be the reality for some, it surely isn’t for many people who watch the show. Also, kids eat quite a bit once they’re out of the baby stage, and not cooking at all doesn’t seem realistic.
How to Prepare Delicious Family Fajita-Style Pasta at Home
Pasta may not be the most exciting meal idea to you, but that’s probably because you’re yet to discover this mouthwatering fajita-style recipe. Drawing from the classic Mexican fajita and combining it with the ease of preparing pasta, this recipe makes for a vibrant meal packed with flavor. Here’s how to make it yourself!
- 1 ½ cups pasta (penne, rigatoni, or whatever you readily have)
- 2.7 oz double cream
- 2 large skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1 red pepper and 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and sliced
- 1 green pepper (optional), deseeded and sliced
- 1 heaped tsp sweet smoked paprika
- 1⁄4 tsp chili powder
- 1⁄2 tsp dried oregano
- 1⁄2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 3 tbsp tomato purée
- small bunch of parsley, finely chopped
- grated parmesan or cheddar, to serve (optional)
Fajita-Style Pasta: Directions
Step 1 Grab a large frying pan or a casserole and heat the oil. Add the chicken strips and fry them for about five minutes over medium heat. Once they are nice and golden, remove them from the heat and set them aside on a plate.
Step 2 Put the peppers and onion in the same pan and fry them for about eight to ten minutes over medium heat. Then, add the dried herbs, spices, and garlic, and let them cook for about a minute. After that, add the tomato purée and cook for two minutes. Return the chicken to the pan and add in the double cream. Stir well and season to taste.
Step 3 Cook the pasta per pack instructions and to your desired texture. Drain it and reserve part of the cooking water (about half a cup). Add the pasta to the pan with half of the water you reserved and stir everything together. Season to taste and add more water if you prefer a runnier sauce. Stir in some of the chopped parsley.
Step 4 Serve your hot fajita-style pasta with some grated cheese and fresh parsley for extra flavor. Enjoy!