Ginger & Tumeric Tea

imageThis is an experiment for me, I don’t drink tea and I struggle in this gloomy weather to drink my filtered water quota

Ingredients:

  • 1 thumb of fresh ginger, sliced & crushed
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/2 tsp ground tumeric
  • 1/2 squeezed fresh lemon

Method:

Place all in a tea infuser or french press – fill the cup with boiled water and infused for 3 minutes. I’ve refilled the cup a couple of times and it’s held it’s flavour.

 

Fennel,Cauliflower & Aubergine Soup

As part of my experimenting with new vegetables this is a very easy soup to make, especially when you have two rug rats vying for your attention.

Ingredients:

  • Good glug of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 bulb of fennel
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 large aubergine
  • 1 tin of chickpeas
  • 450ml vegetable stock (boiling water)

Method:

Easiest method ever

Oven 200°C, fan

  1. Slice up the fennel & cauliflower width ways
  2. Dice the aubergine about 1.5cm square
  3. Throw all of vege in a roasting pan, drizzle with oil and roast for 30 minutes
  4. In a large pot or food processor blitz the vege with the stock & chickpeas
  5. If you’re feeling a little bit naughty and not vegetarian – throw in a 75g of cooked bacon lardons

I didn’t use any seasoning because of the small people, plus I was feeling naughty and added the bacon lardons…however if you’re reading this I’m sure you’re responsible enough to season to taste.

ENJOY

 

 

It’s been a while…

OK, so my commitment to this blog hasn’t been up to scratch and life as it so often does has stepped in the way. I am no longer a new Mummy I am a Mummy of two little men, a 3 year old & 1 year old. When I started this blog I was thinking that I would be all about baby led weaning and taking charge. With number two I’ve established that actually just adapting what we eat to lessen/omit salt & sugar wherever possible and you’re there. It helped that LM2 had 8 teeth at 4 months old so introducing food at 5 1/2 months wasn’t a stretch.

I have changed the way our family eats a little, actually in some ways a lot. We use virgin coconut oil a lot more in cooking, I use spelt flour instead of white flour, I’m trying to cut down sugar, luckily sugar only sneaks it’s way into baking, not even in coffee which is black unless it’s a reputable cafe – then it’s a flat white. I also have a number of food intolerances which complicates the food I eat – but the big ones are almonds, raw peanuts, red pepper/red spice and raspberries.

Now, not a resolution as such but the big change I’d like to make in 2016 is is more creativity with vegetables. Inspired a little from Xmas with the half of the family that are vegetarian, I feel like I’ve been a little bit boring and can be more creative with vege & add in some more variety. To that extent I’ve now cooked fennel & celeraic for the first time and the family have accepted it without fuss – phew!

So that’s the main  update for now, recipe inspiration to follow. A lot of these are adaptions to meet either my store cupboard or dietary requirements.

BLW Blueberry Pancakes

OK, so these are egg free – for no other reason than I didn’t have any eggs in the house. If you use this recipe for the family and not a baby under 1 year old a Tbsp of sugar will help sweeten up the mixture. This is a great way to get blueberries into under 1’s without them flying loose around the house

  • 110g wholemeal flour
  • 110g cornflour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 230mls milk (your milk, formula or as you’re cooking whole milk is fine)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil mixed with 1 tsp baking powder
  • 145g frozen blueberries
  • Knob of unsalted butter
  1. Combine the flours, baking soda and allspice in a bowl
  2. In a jug combine the milk, oil and oil-baking powder combination
  3. Stir the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients in the bowl and mix gently until smooth.
  4. Add the frozen blueberries to the mixture and stir to combine
  5. Heat a flat frying pan to medium and lightly grease the pan. Spoon in two tablespoons of mixture per mini pancake for baby or  larger for family
  6. Cook until the base is golden brown and air bubbles burst on top and flip over. Cook until golden on both sides
  7. Serve and Enjoy!

Gressingham Mini Duck Fillets in Soy, Orange and Ginger

Duck Fillets with Orange, Soy & Ginger

A little end of winter warmer for one:

Smash

  • Potatoes
  • Unsalted butter to taste

Sauce

  • 125ml chicken stock
  • 2 Tbsp golden syrup
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp rice wine
  • 1 Tbsp root ginger grated
  • 1 Tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp orange juice

Duck

  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 175g Gressingham Mini Duck Fillets
  1. Cover the potatoes with water, bring to the boil and cook until soft. Smash with some unsalted butter to desired consistency and set aside.
  2. Mix all of the sauce ingredients together, bring to the boil and simmer until the sauce has changed colour, thickened and decreased in volume.
  3. While the sauce is coming to the boil stir fry the Mini Duck Fillets for 4 minutes until cooked and rest for a couple of minutes.
  4. To serve use a ramekin to pack and turnout the potato in the centre of the plate. Top with the rested duck fillets and drizzle over the sauce

Baby Led Weaning

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Third time lucky and surprisingly after a recommendation from one of the MIL’s (I have two) we’re going for Baby Led Weaning (BLW). LM’s interest in food is increased 10 fold if its handed to him and he gets to make the decision himself on what goes into his mouth (attested by a battle fought every time calpol or on the odd occasion gripe water has been on the menu).

We hit the ground running on Sunday and LM joined us at the lunch table on Mothers Day to partake in a particularly lovely NZ lamb roast dinner.

The lose idea of BLW is that from about 6 months the baby is developmentally able to feed themselves and therefore control how much food is eaten. What it also means that provided you leave the salt out of cooking the baby should be able to eat what you are eating and at the same time – so no more separate meals, plastic pots, ice cube trays full of food or purées! Don’t get me wrong I was quite looking forward to developing some more interesting recipes for puréed baby foods but at least this way more food is going in without the struggle that was the spoon feeding process.

What it does mean and you can see from the above picture is MESS!

On Sunday, little man tried roast potato, roast parsnip and sucked very happily on a lovely chunk of lamb. He’s since also had a avocado & full fat cream cheese mix dip on some pita and on broccoli as well as some freshly made organic hommous and he is happy and sucked the life out of the broccoli and he still likes his little Yeo’s.

The thing I’m finding the hardest though, is with his increased intake he needs less milk feeds from Mummy, which makes me a little sad as I do like our evening nursing – its such a calming end to the day.

 

 

Weaning Take 2

After 4 days of weaning LM decided that it was nil by mouth unless it came in the shape of mummy’s milk either in a bottle or au natural. So we decided to wait until he got a bit older especially as he did react to the baby rice.

At the start of 25 weeks we decided it was time to introduce some flavours again, so started with some carrot and mango purées as well as some mashed banana and keeping away from grains for now.

On the spur of the moment I also decided that a trip to the baby clinic was overdue. Now whilst LM has doubled his birth weight it seems he has fallen into the 0.4th percentile in weight – cue alarm bells.

I need to clarify here that he is a healthy, happy active little chap who yesterday started sitting up without support and today decided while he already likes to stand-up while you hold him, he’d now like to investigate taking steps as well, so developmentally there is nothing to be concerned about however the Health Visitor pointed out that if he were to get sick (touch wood) there wouldn’t be a lot of room for him to loose any more weight, so her advise goes

  • Increase immediately to 3 meals a day (easier said than done, it seems LM is a little stubborn like both his parents, so if he isn’t hungry – nothing is going through those beautiful little lips)
  • Add in things like creamy mash potato
  • Pasta
  • Petits Filous and so on

About this time I was very glad that my Sister-in-law had talked about her experience with her baby who is now a very healthy, tall and lean 15 year old or I might have gone into a little old-fashioned flat spin. When my niece was a baby she was below the growth chart and my SIL was given a really hard time about this and not a lot of constructive advise. She was eventually told by the doctor to feed her LO:

  • Ice Cream
  • Chocolate
  • Mash with full fat butter
  • Cheese triangles
  • Petits Filous

All evidence leads me to believe that this has actually done her no visible harm, her strongest affliction is a over zealous like of ketchup on everything (which it appears is a family trait too as the Husband goes mad for it too).

Last night I baked some white fleshed sweet potato aka Kumera, and mixed it in with some of my milk and he ate that up pretty well, more than he has of anything else. The mashed banana I tried in the morning both days hasn’t resulted in much more than a clamped mouth so despite not wanting to introduce sugar into LM’s diet I dutifully went off to buy the Petits Filous after the recommendation from the Health Visitor and where there wasn’t another ‘baby’ option at the supermarket I called into. Only after I’d introduced the first one to LM did I then see at my friends house that Yeo Valley do an organic version ‘little yeo’s’ with no added sugar and more natural ingredients so that will be on the next shopping list along with things like avocado and some good old fashioned root vegetables to try and add some bulk.

I’m trying to take his position in the growth chart with a pinch of salt and remember that he has doubled his weight and seems to be heading in the tall and lean fashion after his father but a little part of me worries that 5.92kg/13ish pounds is very light for 6 month old.