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Smoked Salmon

Oh god, it's probably ALL salt, but we were all eating it at the time. And it was Loch Fyne stuff, nothing but the best and all that, but I happen to know that it is sprinkled with salt overnight to get some of the water out of the fish before being smoked, which can't be good news. Honestly, the remainder of the pack is in the fridge right now and I am scared to look.

Anyway, we dumped some on her highchair tray and Babybear was initially a bit sniffy about it, preferring to concentrate on the earthier delights of the spinach. It is quite a strange texture, I suppose.

Nevertheless, she did return to it and positively slurped it down in the end, while her father and I discussed if she would grow up with a brain jam packed with fish oils but knackered kidneys.

It's possibly controversial, and please feel free to beat me up about it, but I am going to try to relax about the salt thing. My great-grandmother apparently told my  mother that all babies need to have a few grains of salt added to everything they eat, as it enriches the taste buds. Plainly ludicrous, but she must have done it to my grandma's food and probably my mother's and neither of them is on dialysis. Give me another two days and I'll start panicking about it again, I'm sure.

Anyway, if you are so inclined, read the ingredients label on your smoked salmon before giving it to your baby. If they like it, great, at least you'll know the whole family will eat if you are invited to a Scottish wedding. The only problem is that you will have to be able to  give them a good wash afterwards. It is very peculiar indeed to have your baby smell strongly of smoked fish, let me tell you.

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5 Responses to “Smoked Salmon”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Don't beat yourself up about smoked salmon. We were out last week and had smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwiches and little one (to embarrassed to say what we actually call her affectionately) ate an eighth of one before I even thoght about the salt. The salmon was shredded very finely into the cream cheese, and she LOVED it.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I've been having similar dilemmas about smoked haddock but have decided to hold off – because of the salt.
    However, I'm no angel on the salt front as, the other day, young Hal ate about a quarter of a Pizza Express Margarita that his sister was having for tea. Then I got a massive attack of the guilts thereafter and resolved not to let it happen again. Like it or not, salt is damaging to young kidneys and I'm afraid your grandma was indulging in a little reverse logic: you only need salt to enhance flavours once your taste buds are knackered. Food tastes perfectly good without it, and it's only after we've started adding flavour enhancers, like salt, that we grow used to it, and ultimately to need it. I'll go off and polish my halo now.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Sorry this in the wrong place, but not sure where else I can put it!
    My LO has discovered baby corn and I don't think you have mentioned it anywhere else – he loves it! Nibbled, chewed and swallowed about 4 of them! We blanched them briefly and split them down the middle to make twice as many to end up on the floor!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I'm on it, boss.

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