Wasa Khuhaprema, downtown, prepares dinner for her family, including her parents, with the help of her two young children; The boys cook at least one night a week. That night they ate an omelet with carrot, pork and minced eggplant fried and sour curry from southern Thailand with cauliflower. Family members are expected to take care of themselves.
The Osans – on the left, Radha, Tara, Gurinder and Shikha – dine on the table at their home in Gurgaon, southwest of New Delhi, with the help of a cook. The family eats around 9 pm, and tonight the meal consisted of palak paneer (spinach with cheese), raita, kadai aloo (potatoes with onions and spices), cucumber salad and roast chapatis.
Claudia Bellucci, left, with her daughter, Fiamma, cooks most of the family in Rome. For this meal she picked herbs on the terrace for saltimbocca alla Romana (veal wrapped with ham and sage). She also served homemade pesto with trofie pasta, salad and roasted gratin tomatoes.
From left, Basmah, Mazin, Abdulmalik and Abdulrahman Khojandi eat their meals – a mix of prepared and home-cooked foods – at home most evenings during the week. Tonight's dinner was crushed with beans, shakshuka and masoob, a mix of banana, bread, dates, cream and honey.
While many Haitian families eat their main meal at noon, the Charles family takes them at night, usually around 7 pm. Youvelyne Rosier Charles, in the upper left corner, prepares the meal: Tonight she made lalo with sos pwa nwaBlack bean sauce served with rice. Backyard oranges and limes were used to marinate lalo meat and crab. Meghan, Charles's four-year-old daughter wearing cleats, led the family in a brief prayer.
Normally, the Levy family eats around 7 pm, but on Saturday, the meal starts around 8 am. Tonight they ate Yemeni soup, chicken and chraime schnitzel, a spicy Moroccan fish dish with bread and rice. Above, Tal Levy held the challah while he said a prayer.
Marina Pajovic Devouge prepares an early meal for her two children, Klara and Maxime, at their family's Paris apartment before her husband gets home. That night the kids ate some roasted chicken from the butcher's shop on the corner, paired with a couscous of Picard Surgelés, a popular frozen food store in France. They finished the meal with a Petit Suisse cheese and two slices of Comté for Maxime and a slice of Comté and Emmental for Klara.
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Siviwe Mbatha, in the upper left corner, prepares dinner for her family – her husband, Sphiwe Mbatha, her three children, her mother, a friend and a cousin – at home in Richards Bay, eastern KwaZulu-Natal province. . Tonight they ate braised oxtail with a steamed bread called ujeqe in Zulu (tribe of Mbatha) and umkhupha in Xhosa (tribe of Mbatha). Chakalaka, a treat made with fried peppers, grated carrots and beans, is a favorite in South Africa, she said.
Jarrod and Susie Opie and their three children live in Yallingup in the Indian Ocean. On week nights like this, she cleans and he cooks: fried nannygai, a local anchovy with broccoli and sweet potato. The children received extra fruits and vegetables.
On weeknights at their apartment, the Guevaras – Jesus and Margot and their children Eva, lower left and Dana – eat a dinner prepared by the housekeeper, who also cleans. Grilled steak was the centerpiece of this meal, combined with corn, potato and salad.
Fleure Henket, on the left, cooks for the family four nights a week, limiting meat consumption to two nights a week. That night she served salmon with basmati rice and broccoli; dessert was a homemade cream with fresh raspberries and fruit jam.
The Garzas receive dinner during the week at their table in Laredo with the help of a Instant pot. That night they ate spaghetti with gravy, along with green salad and garlic bread. They eat at home six nights a week; sometimes they order food if they have prayer group or baseball training for Grayson, 4, in the foreground.
Wednesday nights are to wrap up at Sokoh House in Lagos. Ozoz Sokoh, right, a food writer with her daughter Riobo turned freshly made banana breads served with chicken suyapickled lemon onions and thawed tomato and eggplant sauce in the freezer. Dinner included many condiments, including peanut butter sauce, papaya chutney, green hibiscus chile sauce, mint and chive oil, tamarind ginger sauce, and beetroot and carrot sauerkraut.
Luis Leduc, on the left, and Katia Barragán take turns to have dinner at their home in northeastern Mexico, but tonight it was Barragán's turn. She made huevos revueltos, a plate of scrambled eggs, with chorizo and onion, and served the eggs with flour tortillas. Their daughter, Emma, 4, insisted the family eat strawberries, her favorite, while Polly the dog was around. "All the important things are discussed, celebrated and lamented around the food," said Barragán.
Liza Lunin, on the right, dines almost every night at her family's apartment in the Russian capital. She and her husband Viktor have six children in charge of setting the table. That night, they ate kotleti — hamburgers made from ground beef, bread, eggs, and onions — along with rice, green salad, and roasted eggplant, paprika, and basil salad.
Yasuko Iguchi pasted okra in his garden to cook for his son, Masahiro Iguchi, a divorced father of three who accompanies his children for dinner five or six nights a week. Tonight they ate mebaru, a rockfish, with rice, miso soup and fresh fruit for dessert.
Clockwise, from the left, Umut, Nevin, Deniz, and Meral Terzi ate homemade kofte (meatballs), lentil and bulgur pilaf soup with grated tomatoes and peppers, and dolmas (stuffed grape leaves) and red beans in olive oil. They finished the meal with a rice pudding called sutlac and pumpkin with tahini and walnuts.
São Paulo Brazil
Carmen Massad Curi, in the lower right corner, made the mincemeat, a traditional Brazilian stew made with meat, carrots and potatoes, which they ate with rice and salad while watching TV. The husband, Luis Felippe, sets the table and the children, Lucas and Giovanna, clean the dishes.