Monday, May 23, 2016

[Baby Food] Chickpea Patty Fingers - BLW/Finger Food

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I'm pretty sure I've lost count of the amount of times I've Googled BLW recipes, easy finger foods, what can my 7 month old eat. Weaning can be really difficult, knowing what to give them or not to give them isn't easy to work out.

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 A couple of weeks ago now, it was approaching lunchtime and I wanted to make Edith something a little different. I don't want to get into the habit of giving ger the same thing everyday. I knew I had a tin of chickpeas in the cupboard, some sliced onion in the freezer (waste not, want not) so I thought I'd make a chickpea finger. Like falafel but finger shaped perfect for chubby hands to grip. 

Edith enjoyed these. Most of it ended up on the floor, but then again most of her food ends up that way. You can always break a small bit off and put in their mouth, just so you know they are eating something. 

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Chickpea Patty Fingers

- Makes 5 - 

300g tinned chickpeas, drained

2 tbsp finely sliced onion

1 garlic clove

2 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp chopped parsley

1 tbsp flour

olive oil for frying

- Place the chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley and lemon juice in a food processor and blitz until paste like.

- Scoop out the mixture and shape into fingers.

- Place the flour in a small bowl and coat the fingers in the flour.

- Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan.

- Fry the patties until golden brown, you will need to flip them half way through frying.

- Leave to cool before serving.

These will keep in the fridge for a day. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

[Food] Good Family Food - Slow Cooked Pork with Mango Chutney

Weaning can be great fun, messy, but fun. It can also be really confusing with lots of conflicting information. I've lost count of how many times I've checked the internet to see if Edith could eat certain things but I've found that I've become a lot less stressed with it all since I've been making Edith small portions of what we eat. Now obviously I don't use added salt or pepper and I avoid anything too hot and spicy but more often than not I can separate a small amount off for her. 

Edith really enjoys the fact that we are all eating the same and I find that she's eats more and is a lot more interested if we eat together. It's really lovely that already we can enjoy meals as a family.

Introducing meat into Edith's diet was simple for us. She's had a little bit of everything so far and loves it. There's no need to worry about introducing red meat. It's a great source of protein and as long as it is cooked through it's perfectly safe for your little one to eat. 

Good Family Food challenged me to create a meal that we could all enjoy using either Scotch Beef, Lamb or Specially Selected Pork. Both my Husband and I are big fans of everything pig so it seemed like the best choice for us. We invited over some of our family and had ate together in the beautiful sunshine we had. It was a great family experience and the food was just delicious (even if I do say so myself). 

Slow Cooked Pork with Mango Chutney

- Serves four and one hungry baby - 

2 Specially Selected Pork Fillets

1 mango (with a small chunk taken out)

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 onion

1 tsp. chilli flakes.

1 red pepper, sliced (with a couple of slices taken out)

8 tbsp. unsweetened pineapple juice

1 tbsp. distilled vinegar

2 tbsp. brown sugar

1 ½ tbsp. Curry powder

A pinch of sea salt.

Place your pork fillet into a slow cooker, on a low heat setting. Cook for 4-6 hours until the meat pulls apart.

To make the mango chutney: 

In a pan heat the oil and add the chili flakes. Take care not to burn the flakes, you just want to flavour the oil.  

Add the onions and sweat until soft.

Add the ginger and bell pepper and saute for 1 to 2 minutes. Finally add the mango and cook for 1 more minute.

In a separate bowl, combine the pineapple juice, vinegar, sugar, and curry powder. Add this mixture to the pan. Stir to combine. 

Bring the mixture to a simmer and reduce for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper. 

Baby - Slow Cooked Pork with Mango Chutney

Place the small chunk of mango and slices of red pepper into a microwave safe bowl.

Blitz on high until the pepper and mango are soft.

In a blender combine the mango, red pepper, a few pieces of pork and 2 tbsp of pineapple juice until smooth. You may need to add more juice if your baby likes their puree completely smooth.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

[Baby] The Cat in the Hat & Fox in Socks

Even though Edith is only 7 months old (well almost 8 months) books have a huge part in her life. They were always going to I love children’s books and with Edith’s Daddy being a teacher there is no excuse. She has a lot of the classics but there are still a few we need to get. Surprisingly we didn’t have any books by the world’s best-selling children’s author, Dr Seuss. 

Dr Seuss books are great fun, perfect for children of all ages, young children enjoy the rhyming text and bright illustrations and older children can enjoy there humour. They even great for adults, I mean who can resist a classic like The Cat in the Hat

Edith absolutely loved the illustrations and her Daddy reading them to her, I think she enjoyed the rhythm of the words and rhyming, although at this point you still have to try and stop her from eating the books! 

Our favourite was the Fox in Socks, we couldn’t resist a bit of tongue twister and I’ve got a copy to giveaway! All you need to do is head over to my Facebook page for more details.

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