Baby Led Weaning

Growing healthy babies with healthy appetites


Ladies and gentlemen, if it's good enough for Apple Paltrow-Martin, it is good enough for my daughter…

I should, of course, be making this delicious mix of chickpeas, sesame seed paste, garlic, lemon juice, salt and olive oil myself but I'm afraid that a month of baby-led weaning has left me reluctant to approach the Magimix. Perhaps some day…

Actually, I have made it before but I do prefer the shop-bought stuff. It's creamy-licious. The baby has it on toast, rice cakes (more of which elsewhere) or banana if she's feeling adventurous and I am too frazzled to clean her up between courses. It does go everywhere but it's quite benign really, thanks to the pale colour, and easily wiped off.

Now, some people might want to shy away from hummus as the sesame paste can be a trigger for allergies but neither my partner (he's actually my husband but that makes me feel so OLD) are allergic-y and we eat a lot of Lebanese food so we've decided to go for it. We were in a cafe today enjoying a spot of meze and Babybear was perfectly content to suck hummus off some flatbread. The pickled, hot red pepper that the Husband handed her by mistake was another story…

PS Marks & Spencer has just brought in a couple of new hummuses (hummi?).
There's an organic one, which is tasty and whatnot and only available in the smaller size. But the real stroke of genius is their idea to package three tiny little pots (say, two sandwiches worth) so that you don't have to keep throwing out unused hummus after three days. Wonderful, wonderful work. Although only available in Reduced Fat and containing maltodextrin, which is a bit of a bummer.

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4 Responses to “Hummus”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Aitch, loving the mezze story, baby boomer joined in with a greek meal out but gumming some hummus and pitta too. The waiters all came over to have a look !

  2. Anonymous says:

    Clever Boomer…

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for this blog site, you've done a great job miss polly!
    I love hummus and we always have it in the house, but I've never given it to my son because of the salt in the ingredients. ok, I know I could make it but like you, I have never managed to make any that tastes as good as stuff I have bought. Anyway, I never claim to be a domestic goddess! Chunky monkey is 7.5 months now. What would you say about added salt?

  4. Anonymous says:

    well, on another website (where i don't go by the name of miss polly had a dolly – it's babybird's favourite song) i asked about the salt thing and loads of women came back and told me to chill about it.
    evidently, so long as you are confident that you aren't adding salt to your home-cooked food, and as long as you do cook at home, then it's best not to worry too much. i don't necessarily like to put it on toast, though, as the bread can be salty, so i most often give it on rice cakes.
    Babybird is about 7.5months as well, born on the 16th Dec. Can't really believe it's the same baby…

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