Urgh. Weaning. It’s enough to put you off any more children, n’est-ce pas? And I’m saying this as the mother of an easy-weaner.
My first wasn’t. I soon gave up boiling and pureeing. I found it all so disheartening to spend that time, money and effort on sourcing the nicest, most organic ingredients, follow the Annabel Karmel recipes to the letter, decant the specially prepared mush into little pots for it to be met with a look of utter disgust and pushed away. Whatever Ella was doing was A-Ok according to my first-born. So he and she developed a very cordial dining agreement.
This time around, however, I’ve got a hungry chap who will eat anything. The only two things he has ever refused was daddy’s lamb tagine (to be fair, I think harissa is an acquired taste) and eggs (which is irritating as with a bit of toast, they constitute a highly nutritious (and damn easy) meal).
So, (and I didn’t expect this to be the case) alongside the house renovations, potty training, general keeping baby and child amused and the rest of the house shit that falls into my remit, I am really quite enjoying having another go at Annabel’s finest offerings.
It’s hugely rewarding when your littlest bird opens his mouth for spoonful after spoonful of whatever was your latest project to go through the blender. I’d love to say it’s encouraged his older brother to be a bit more open to trying new things. But it hasn’t.
Here are some of my (and Sam’s) favourites:
- Poached salmon with carrots and peas – really tasty and easy. Basically boil potato, carrots and peas and add some cooked salmon. I’m still amazed I have a child who will eat unbreaded fish!
- Leek and potato puree – this was a great one a couple of months ago, but I fear it may not be as filling as some of the more proteiny meals. The texture is perfect though – thick and smooth. Boil leeks and potato in stock, drain and blitz.
- Vegetable and cheese pasta sauce. This was actually gobbled by them both – must make again soon. Make any old cheese sauce and add whatever veg is lying around. I blitz, then add to past and blitz again for Sam.
- Beef stew with sweet potato topping – a great little number from BBC good food. I have been known to adapt slightly and toss everything in the slow cooker.
- Spaghetti bolognaise – my own version which tends to include as much veg as I can cram in.
Other favourites include yoghurt, toast and chocolate brownies.
I’d love any other inspiration for baby and/or toddler. Comment below if you can help out…