Only 7 days to go until book launch! Eek! Super duper excited, I hope you are too. To help you get an idea of the range of recipes in The Flavour-led Weaning Cookbook, here is another recipe I’d like to share. My Thai Chicken Curry recipe suitable for babies from 10 months onwards.
Generally I find curries always tend to go down well with babies and toddlers – Aaliyah always lapped them up. Something about the combination of delicious flavours and a lovely aromatic curry sauce means it tastes amazing and is easy for babies to eat. I used these recipes to spoon-feed Aaliyah, but also for baby-led weaning. I’d simply hand Aaliyah her little spoon, and she’d happily feed herself. Give it a try, I hope you and your little one enjoy.
Flavour-led weaning, as I now call it, developed as a result of weaning my daughter Aaliyah a few years back. Of course I didn’t realise at the time that’s what I was doing. The closest I could get to explaining it was referring to it as Indian Baby Food – weaning with aromatic flavours, herbs and spices. But actually, I was doing more than that. I wasn’t only feeding my little one Indian food (those of you who have my first book ‘Easy Indian Super Meals’ will know this), I was feeding her a range of different cuisines – Spanish, Italian, British, but all with an aromatic-Indian twist based on my culinary heritage, to keep Aaliyah’s palate as broad as possible, and to keep mealtimes fun and interesting.
I developed flavoursome weaning recipes because the weaning books, websites, blogs and forums I was researching when I started Aaliyah’s weaning journey were quite frankly, bland, boring and nothing like family meals I cooked at home. It seemed strange, to me, to wean her with meals that were completely unlike meals I would be feeding her in the future, and was convinced I would have a battle on my hands when I transitioned her over to our family meals – offering her flavours she had never tried before, and yet expecting her to eat them with no protest.
This is an exceptionally yummy meal babies and toddlers will both love! In fact this was my little ones favourite curry and she still requests it for dinner. So these days I cook this curry up as a family meal but simply increase the levels of spice and amount of chicken and veg to keep everyone happy.
This meal is great for older babies – around 10 months of age and is perfectly nutritionally balanced. So not only is the taste fab, it’s a mean curry with immune strengthening ingredients. Here’s the breakdown:
Here’s a lovely, light summer muffin recipe I love and really enjoy cooking during the summer months. This savoury muffin is great for the whole family including baby so it’s definitely worth adding to your weekly meal planner! Muffins are great for baby-led weaning and as this recipe is so delicious and simple to prepare, it will be a firm favourite with everyone in the family.
The paprika in this recipe is mild and adds a distinct flavour for baby. The cheese I like to use is simple, yet effective… Cheddar cheese – a staple in everyone’s household. And if it currently isn’t in your fridge, it really should be! It’s yummy and very, very versatile! My little one loves this muffin – hope yours does too! x
Cooking basmati rice sounds like a fairly simple task; it only has three ingredients after all – rice, water and oil. With just three ingredients how can cooking rice go wrong? Well… it can actually go VERY wrong!
I remember when I first started cooking rice I would either flood the rice with too much water which meant soggy, overcooked rice. Or wouldn’t add enough and half of the rice would be stuck to the bottom of the pan! But this rice was NOT going to get the better of me! So I persevered until I got the perfect balance of rice, water and oil to create beautifully white, soft, fluffy basmati rice. Little did I know the squishy, overcooked rice I was unintentionally cooking all those years ago, would actually be great for weaning!
It’s that time of year when everyone seems to be feeling a little under the weather. The little ones are picking up bugs at nursery and school and the next thing you know everyone in the house is sniffling and sneezing away.
Not only has Aaliyah had a dribbling nose recently, she’s also had a very chesty cough. Not just a little *cough*, one that comes from deep down and sounds like a heavy smoker’s cough! I’m not worried as in the past her chesty coughs generally clear within a couple of weeks. Although I would advise if a chesty cough goes on longer than three weeks, it’s probably worth visiting a GP.
So introducing my cold-busting chicken soup! Read more