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:
Let Them Be Small
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.
With so many spices available to purchase in the supermarkets it can be tricky to know which spices are suitable for which types of meals. If you’re feeling experimental and want to create your own meals for baby and the rest of the family, you can create your very own spice blend using a combination of the flavour details I’ve listed below.
There are no rules about what you should and shouldn’t use spices with when it comes to cooking, so you needn’t be cooking a curry when you use them. Add one or two spices to your everyday meals to make them more exciting for the family. For example, add some ground coriander to casseroles, star anise to barbeques or add a little paprika to your bolognaise sauce. There are tons of combinations to try!
Cloves are a powerful, warm spice that can be used for cooking with both sweet and savoury dishes. They contain an active component called ‘eugenol’ which has many health promoting properties for baby and the rest of the family.
If you have a gassy little baby, cloves can help to reduce the pressure in little bellies thus reducing discomfort.
Fungal Nappy Rash Protection
The active component eugenol has anti-fungal properties which may help to protect against fungal nappy rash (thrush infection). This infection causes the skin to develop a bright red moist rash with pimples which spreads into the folds of baby’s skin (ouch!). It can also protect against the fungal infection athletes foot.
Clove oil helps to reduce pain in toothaches and sore gums which could be used as a natural remedy to help with your little ones teething pains. But please consult your doctor before applying clove oil directly to little gums.
Important: Please DO NOT feed spices to babies younger than 7 months of age.
NHS Choices – Nappies
Wake Up World – Health Benefits of Cloves
Elements4Health – The Health Benefits of Cloves
Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook by Zainab Jagot Ahmed is available to buy now from Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, iTunes, Kobo, Waterstones, WHSmith and all good e-bookshops priced from £4.79.