Baby Led Weaning

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Courgette Fritters

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

See, Moomin makes a good point here… are we intent on full vegetable transparency or will we succumb to the Jamie Oliver-patented method of hiding bits of greenery where'er we can? It's hard to say at the moment, while we have babies who are by and large obedient.

I'd say that as a point of principle we should try to encourage children to appreciate veggies for what they are, but what harm can there possibly be in frittering a courgette? Especially if courgettes would otherwise be off the menu…

Grate 350g of courgette and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
Add a
grated onion, 60g of gram flour, 1/4tsp of baking powder and 1 tsp of coriander.

(You might think all my recipes involve gram flour. You'd be wrong. I use
rice flour as well.)

Fry a good dollop for 2-3 mins each side.

Now, I
don't know whether this is allowed in the world of BLW, but Minky doesn't really
eat courgettes. She prefers to dump them over the side of the highchair without
a backwards glance. However, she ate three of these for tea. Are we allowed to
hide vegetables from them?

I wasn't particularly keen on these myself.
Perhaps a liberal coasting of salt is required? Wait a sec…yes, salt

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Baby Led Weaning Chicken Soup

Monday, August 14th, 2006

So, what did you do with the bones and carcass of your lemony roast chicken from the Finger Foods section? Boiled them up for half an hour with an onion, a stick of celery, a carrot, a couple of bay leaves, some peppercorns and a clove of garlic, did you? Mah-velous, then we are ready to make baby led weaning chicken soup.

Okay then, it's basically just normal chicken soup, so do whatever you usually do (in my case sweat an onion and some leeks if I have them, sling in a couple of sliced carrots and some sliced sticks of celery, add the stock and possibly some low-salt Marigold bouillon to taste and if I feel like it throw in some rice or pasta near the end).

But the smarty-pants thing to remember is to cut some of your veggies in the chip-sized manner (or finger-sized, if we wish to be understood by our New World cousins) and to drop them into the soup while it is cooking.

After a while you are left with the most delicious soft carrot and celery (and whatever else you fancy) which has been poached in chicken soup and can be taken directly from the parental bowl and handed (after a bit of blowing and cooling down) to the baby. Which they love, let's face it. I also find that Babybear likes to eat crusty bread dipped in soup and wrung out like a wee sponge so it isn't too soggy.

Post Script.
We've been putting a good handful of barley into our chicken soup recently and Babybear loves it. She can feed herself a few grains of barley at a time on a spoon (I load it up) and also if you put some crusty bread into the bowl to soak up the soup then press down hard you will simultaneously squeeze the liquid out and pick up lots of barley and veggies. She eats these like an open sandwich, her face wreathed in smiles and carrots.

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You'll Be Eating a Lot of Veggies, Then.

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

Oh yes you will. Even if you aren't yet at the (blissful) stage of being able to give your baby food directly from your plate, it's a good idea to show willing by eating some of the food you are giving them. And, by the way, looking as if you are enjoying it.
This has its limits, of course. Thanks to my Aunt Eileen's tried-and-tested method of cooking carrots (an easy enough recipe, simply boil for three days and serve at a clammy temperature) I cannot stomach the things. Luckily, the baby doesn't know that I am eating raw carrot while she is tucking into some lightly steamed ones.

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Green Beans

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

Top and tail them then steam them over boiling water for about 4-5 minutes. Leave to cool or run under cold water. Try one yourself to check that they're not too hot inside then give one to your baby. So cute, what normally happens with my bub is she chews the outside until it goes kinda stringy and sooks the beans out of the inside. Too gorgeous. And hardly any mess, hurrah!

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