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Posts from the ‘Christmas’ Category

Non-Alcoholic Eggnog | Creamy Christmas Mocktail

For the last two years I’ve been hosting Christmas dinner at my home. I am Muslim so we don’t celebrate Christmas as such, but it is an opportunity for the family to get together because it’s one of the few times of year that everyone is on holiday!! Being British Asian, I do feel Christmas is also part of my culture. I grew up watching my friends celebrating Christmas, we bought the bumper edition Radio Times every year without fail in the 80’s and 90’s, and circled all the movies we’d be watching over the holidays. It was great fun!

I want my little one to have fond memories too, so I really enjoy cooking Christmas dinner  – complete with roasties, gravy, yorkshire pudding, sprouts, roasted veg and juicy roast chicken. Not traditional I know, but prefer chicken to turkey.

One of my specialties is making yummy non-alcoholic eggnog. This easy peasy and creamy spice-infused milky drink so delicious!!  Great as a Christmas mocktail for all non-alcohol drinking folks, and perfect for pregnant mummies. It’s become a tradition to have this every year when we have the family over. I haven’t posted it before as I feel I’ve spent the last two years perfecting it. And, boy can I tell you it has been perfected!

Made with warming spices: cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg, it’s wonderful for health and boosting immunity. These fragrant spices also smell like Christmas and are perfect for this cold time of year.

I have a big family so this recipe is what I call a ‘batch cooking’ recipe – enough to serve my Big Fat Indian family. If you have less guests you can scale down the quantities.

Lovely to serve as a welcome drink on entrance with some yummy canapes.
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Flavoursome Christmas Day Weaning Tips

Weaning at Christmas is an exciting time for parents, it’s an opportunity to introduce your little one to his or her first taste of Christmas, allowing those magical memories to begin.

Christmas is a time for family. A time for everyone to sit around the dinner table and enjoy Christmas dinner together regardless of age. Whilst Christmas isn’t the main festival in our home (being Muslim), we always have Christmas dinner on Christmas day – a British tradition that we never miss!

So, what are you planning to feed your little one on Christmas day? Have a read of my handy tips below to help you decide.

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Spiced Santa Pudding Pies

Yorkshire Pudding Pies_labelledThis is a great little recipe to help you get into the Christmas spirit and it doesn’t take up too much of your time either! With a hint of Indian spices running through the pie, it simply adds a new taste to a very simple meal.  Your little one will love it! As did mine – you can see a pic of her destroying it at the bottom of this post, complete with eyes closed! This recipe is also great for whipping up quickly if your little one has some friends over.

This meal is protein-rich so is excellent for growing children. In fact I happened to see this floating around on twitter and thought I’d include it in my post to help prove my point – thank you Kelloggs!

Protein Kellogs Message

A very easy meal that should take no more than 15-20 minutes to prepare. Slightly more if you are cooking with either beef or lamb mince.

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Spiced Winter Pear (V)

My final recipe for the season is a delightful dessert that can be enjoyed by everyone in the family starting from the tender age of just 7 months. Recipe NUMBER 3… my Spiced Winter Pear.

Spiced Winter Pear

Based on an indulgent French dessert, this is the perfect end to your baby’s Christmas meal. The poached pear is aromatic, subtle in taste, soft and also great as a finger food. An excellent way to get your little practicing his or her motor skills.

Pears are also rich in fibre and vitamin C, so combined with the cardamom and cinnamon is great for boosting immunity against cold and flu viruses. Read more

Warming Winter Hotpot

Yum! There’s nothing more comforting than a hearty meal! With the weather changing this Warming Winter Hotpot is perfect for satisfying little bellies. Suitable for toddlers from 10 months and up.

Warming Winter Hotpot

A traditional slow-cooked meal originating from the north of England. This is a hearty hotpot with a little garam masala thrown in for difference. Loaded with iron for baby this meal is delicious and nutritious. Read more

Festive Roasted Vegetable Mash (V)

Christmas is just around the corner and I have some cracking recipes for you to treat your little ones to this season. So keep an eye on my blog over the next month where I’ll be publishing festive recipes with a twist in the run up to Christmas. And here’s one of my most popular recipes – Festive Roasted Vegetable Mash suitable for babies 7 months and up. Loaded with traditional Christmas flavours for baby – apples, rosemary, carrots and parsnips with a hint of Indian spices.

SuperFoods included – olive oil, garlic, carrot, parsnip
SuperSpices included – black pepper, cumin

Festive roasted vegetable mash

Roasting vegetables are a fabulous way to maintain flavour and nutrients so you can be rest assured your little one will reap the health benefits of this meal. The vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene) from the carrots, and cumin, both help to support the development of a strong and healthy immune system. Read more