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Easy Indian SuperMeals – Launch Day Round-Up

Well yesterday was a bit of a whirlwind! Up by 5am, spent 3 hours in the car down to London and straight into the studio for my interview with Nihal at the BBC Asian Network at 11am.

I was initially nervous but my goodness – what a blast! Nihal was lovely, the callers were lovely and even the texts I received were great too! Everyone was really supportive, and the feedback I received was extremely encouraging.  Thanks to all who got in touch!

I was really pleased to hear during my interview that my book was also storming up the Amazon charts! By the end of the day I couldn’t believe Amazon had sold out!! But not to worry, I believe more books are on the way. You can also order your copy from Amazon even if they don’t have any books in stock at the moment, they’ll post them out to you as soon as they arrive.

For those of you who missed my interview you can hear it on BBC iPlayer here. My interview is 1 hour, 12mins into the show. It will be available for one week.

Here’s a round up of yesterday in pictures:

BBC studio arrival                           Me and Nihal

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Hardcover front coverEasy Indian SuperMeals for babies, toddlers and the family is available to buy now from Amazon.co.uk or Waterstones. Ebook available worldwide from all Amazon sites.

Recommended by Prima Baby & Pregnancy Magazine and Mother & Baby

 

 

Easy Indian SuperMeals – Release Day!!!

LAUNCH DAY IS HERE! IT’S FINALLY HERE!!

You can FINALLY get your hands on a copy of my book Easy Indian SuperMeals for Babies, Toddlers and the Family! Whoop whoop! Buy the hardcover from Amazon, Waterstones and from all other good bookshops now.

The ebook version for tablets and mobiles is also available too if you prefer something a little more portable. Handy if you’re out shopping and want to buy some of the ingredients. It’s also available from all Amazon sites worldwide.

Easy Indian SuperMeals

I hope you and your little munchkins enjoy the meals that come from this book. These are the recipes I fed Aaliyah from 7 months when she was just one month into weaning. I like to think of this book as her food journey or rather her weaning journey as she progressed from one weaning stage and onto the next. She has personally given her little stamp of approval on all of the recipes. She’s also a great eater because them; not fussy at all and sometime eats TWO dinners at nursery! Much to the nursery staff’s amazement.

And if your kids are slightly older (like Aaliyah – she’s three now), there’s a nifty chapter at the end called Quick Kids SuperMeals which has some excellent, tasty recipes – ready in 15mins or less. Again all Aaliyah approved and perfect now the kids are back to school.

Finally… I’m really excited to add you can catch me on Nihal’s show on the BBC Asian Network today from 11am where I’ll be having a chat with him live about the book. If you’re free – tune in.

#NoMoreFussyEaters

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Mixed Veggies in Coconut Milk (V)

Ok… I’m totally bricking it now! With my book launch just ONE WEEK AWAY I feel a little nauseous to say the least! Does anyone have any words of wisdom they can share?? Although this is my third book launch, it feels just as terrifying as the first time. Possibly more actually. EEEEKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anyway, panic aside, this is the final recipe I’ll be sharing from my book before it’s out next Monday. This recipe is suitable for babies from 7 months and up. It’s REALLY simple to cook and only takes 20mins (including the prep time!).

Mixed Veggies in Coconut Milk in book

For those of you outside of the UK, you can also buy a copy of the book where you are, but as an ebook version. It will be on sale next week (Monday 8th September) from all Amazon sites worldwide. :-)

 

Mixed Veggies in Coconut Milk (V)

UK healthcare professionals actively campaign ‘breast is best’ for newborn babies due to the perfect nutritional content of breast milk, and its immune-boosting compound ‘lauric acid’. Only one other natural source exists close enough to match the lauric acid content found in breast milk, and it can be found in coconuts. Although coconut oil is by far the most concentrated source, it can be found in desiccated coconut and in coconut milk. So feeding your little one this creamy scrummy curry should help to keep infections at bay.

Mixed Veggies in Coconut Milk

Total preparation and cooking time: 20mins
Makes 6 servings
Suitable for freezing

1 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion – peeled, chopped
½ tsp minced garlic
¼ tsp minced ginger
Pinch of ground turmeric
Pinch of ground cumin
Pinch of ground coriander
1 medium parsnip – washed, peeled, chopped
70g (3oz) green beans – washed, ends chopped, halved
200g (7oz) cauliflower florets – washed, chopped (no stems)
100g (3½oz) tinned sweet corn (no added salt) – drained
250ml (8fl oz) unsweetened coconut milk

Heat the oil in a pot, add the onion and stir-fry on medium-low heat for 3-4mins until soft golden. Turn to low heat and add garlic,
ginger, turmeric, cumin, coriander and stir-fry for a further 30secs-1min.

Add all of the remaining vegetables to the pot along with the coconut milk and stir. Bring to the boil and simmer (covered) on a medium-low heat for 6-8mins until all of the vegetables are tender. Once cooked, mash the vegetables to a soft lumpy consistency using either a masher or blender using a pulse motion. Serve to baby warm or for toddlers serve with rice or roti for a heavier meal.

 

Hardcover front cover
Recipe extract from Easy Indian SuperMeals for babies, toddlers and the family. Due for release next week on Mon 8th September. Pre-order from Amazon.co.uk or Waterstones today.

Ebook available worldwide from all Amazon sites from Monday 8th September.

Recommended by Prima Baby & Pregnancy Magazine and Mother & Baby

Desi Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Tuna

With just TWO WEEKS to go until the launch of my book, here’s another exclusive recipe to try! It’s suitable for toddlers from 10 months and up and it’s delish, delish oh and did I say delish? I tend to bulk cook this one and serve it as a family meal. Everyone loves it and Aaliyah has a particular love for tuna so it always goes down a treat.

Desi Mac 'n' Cheese in book


Desi Mac’n’Cheese with Tuna

An Indian twist on a British school dinner classic… loaded with complex carbohydrates vital for energy (courtesy of the macaroni pasta), this meal is extremely versatile. Exclude the tuna for a vegetarian meal, chop up cooked macaroni for spoon-feeding, or keep the macaroni pasta whole and serve as a finger food.

Desi Mac 'n' Cheese with Tuna

Total preparation and cooking time: 30mins
Makes 5 servings
Suitable for freezing

80g (3oz) macaroni pasta

Tomato masala:
1 tbsp olive oil
½ onion- peeled, chopped
½ tsp minced garlic
½ tsp minced ginger
1 tomato – washed, chopped
¼ tsp dried oregano

White sauce:
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp plain flour
350ml (12fl oz) of whole milk
Pinch of ground nutmeg
Pinch of ground black pepper
1 x 185g (6½oz) tinned tuna (in spring water) – drained
30g (1oz) medium Cheddar cheese – grated
Cook the macaroni according to packet instructions. Once cooked, drain and set aside.

Tomato masala: Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the onion and stir-fry on medium-low heat for 2mins until soft. Add the garlic, ginger, tomato, oregano and stir-fry continuously for a few minutes until the tomato chunks begin to soften, and set aside.

White sauce: In a pot, melt the butter on low heat and spoon in the flour. Stir continuously until a paste is formed, then pour in the milk a little at a time and whisk vigorously to avoid any lumps appearing. Once all of the milk has been poured, add the nutmeg, black pepper and flake in the tuna. Bring to the boil on low heat and simmer (uncovered) for 4-5mins, stirring occasionally. Once cooked, add the cheese and the tomato masala to the sauce and stir. If the sauce looks very heavy, add
some extra milk. Toss the cooked macaroni into sauce and combine well. Serve to baby warm.

 

Hardcover front coverRecipe extract from Easy Indian SuperMeals for babies, toddlers and the family. Due for release in two weeks on Monday 8th September. Pre-order from Amazon.co.uk today.

Ebook available worldwide from all Amazon sites from Monday 8th September.

Recommended by Prima Baby & Preganancy and Mother & Baby

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