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Parsnip Yogurt Mezze – Baby-led Weaning

This baby-led weaning recipe is simply delicious, flavoursome and perfect for babies from the age of 7 months – once first tastes and flavours have been accepted, and baby is comfortable with finger foods.

With four unique flavours blended together – nutmeg, garlic, black pepper and yogurt, this mezze will be a real treat. Similar to Greek tzatziki, this gorgeous, creamy, calcium-rich mezze will add lots of aromatic flavour to some soft finger foods. Very soft pitta (helps if you slice in it half to make it super thin), or very soft bread.

Total prep and cooking time: 15 mins
Makes 13 ice-cubes

1 tbsp olive oil
¼ tsp minced garlic
1 parsnip – washed, peeled, cored, chopped
1 sweet apple – washed, peeled, cored, chopped
1 tbsp full-fat Greek yogurt
Pinch of ground nutmeg
Pinch of ground black pepper

Heat the olive oil in a saucepan, add the garlic, parsnip and apple and sauté on low heat for a few minutes, then add 2 tablespoons of water and let the apple and parsnip steam (covered) for 5–8 minutes (depending on the thickness of the pieces) until they are both tender.

Once tender, pop into a food processor (or use a handheld blender) and blend until smooth. Add the yogurt, nutmeg and black pepper and combine well. Spread thinly over a very soft pitta slice (once your child has mastered soft finger foods) and cut into strips for your little one. Add more or less to a pitta slice depending on your little one’s taste buds.


This recipe is taken from The Flavour-led Weaning Cookbook, available to order now from all good bookshops including Amazon.co.uk, WHSmith and Waterstones. Also available from Amazon.com.

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BBC Asian Network Live Interview

It’s a week after book launch and I can honestly say it’s been manic! The interviews and reviews started a couple of week’s before launch and it’s been non-stop ever since. It’s been fab though and totally worth it! I’m super pleased to say the book is going really well!! I’ve had some simply fabulous reviews from Gurgle magazine, Reveal magazine, and from mummies who have tried and tested the book. You can read some of their views on it here:

Katy Kicker

Let Them Be Small

Odd Hogg

I was also lucky enough to appear on the BBC Asian Network on Wednesday to talk weaning, and ‘Flavour-led Weaning’. I was on The Big Debate show with Qasa Alom from 12pm. It was great fun, and a lovely listener from Scotland even called the show to say how great it was that I was focusing on weaning with aromatic flavours and spices, as she too couldn’t find any sort of guidance when she was weaning her children.

If you didn’t catch the interview on the BBC Asian Network (12.15pm on Wednesday 8th March) , you can hear it here. Approx 15 minutes in length.

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Banana and Coconut Pancakes – Stage 2 Finger Food

banana-and-coconut-pancakesI love Pancake Day!! Back in the 80’s there was only one way to eat your pancakes… a sprinkling of sugar and a dash of fresh lemon! Simply delicious. Thinking about it, that’s probably one of my earliest memories of loving the sweet and sour flavour combination.

Whilst delicious, there was a lot of refined sugar involved so it was definitely an occasional treat. As I grew I realised there were lots of just-as-delicious flavour combinations to try with pancakes. So when I was weaning Aaliyah, I was  keen to offer her a healthy, flavoursome alternative – one with natural sugars that she would love. Here it is below, inspired by Caribbean flavours – banana, coconut, allspice and cinnamon. This is a fantastic baby-led weaning recipe for babies from 7 months and up. Great for older children of school age too. So give this one a go with your little one this Pancake Day. It’s healthy, and makes a fab, yummy alternative.

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Thai Chicken Curry – Stage 3

thai-chicken-curryOnly 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.

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Flavour-led Weaning: A Fantastic Weaning Method to Prevent Fussy Eaters

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.

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Seasoned Sweet Potato Fries (V)

Seasoned Sweet Potato FriesThis recipe was a life saver for me and Aaliyah! And it’s delicious!

Gently coated in cinnamon and nutmeg, this yummy sweet potato recipe may help baby with teething pain. It certainly calmed and soothed Aaliyah when she was teething. Nutmeg has widely been used in dentistry for treating pain in teeth (well the compound it contains has been – eugenol). Cinnamon contains analgesic properties – natural pain reliever. So both combined, will have excellent benefits for your little one.

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