My mother peeled potatoes and covered them with cold water every morning before going to work. Our after-school chore was to drain them, refresh the cold water and start them cooking before she got home.
I was also an incredibly picky eater as a child. I had about a dozen foods that I would eat without complaint. Chicken, corn, macaroni and cheese, plain pasta with butter, popcorn (with butter), toast with bacon and eggs (we cooked our eggs in bacon fat), egg salad, bologna sandwiches and cheddar cheese. Being a Vt-er we ate lots and lots of cheddar cheese.