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Moroccan style sweet lamb

morrocan lamb

 

This has been one of my go to recipe for years. I used it with some very fussy eaters when I was Nannying and it always seemed to go down a treat. Now Sonny loves it. The dish is quite sweet so you can get away with hiding loads of veggies in there if your child is a fusspot. The recipe below is obviously made for Sonny so I have left out onions and tomatoes but if I were making it for a child without reflux I would add one chopped onion and a tin of tomatoes at the start.

1 pack (about 500g) diced lamb (leg or neck)

2 carrots

1 parsnip

1-2 inch disk of butternut squash

8 dried apricots finely chopped

Pinch cinnamon

Pinch Cumin

Tin of chickpeas.

2 cups water or homemade salt free chicken stock.

 

Brown your lamb then pop to one side. In a heavy bottomed casserole dish (if not using the slow cooker) gently fry your veg with the cinnamon and cumin until it has softened (about 5-10 mins) .

Pop the lamb back in with the stock/water and apricots then cook on a low heat either in the oven or on the hob for about 3 hours,

It really is that easy – or you can fry everything up then stick in the slow cooker and leave all day! Serve with couscous, rice, quinoa or mashed sweet potato.

Blend if for babies but if you are trying to add more texture just really finely dice the root veg at the start – the lamb literally falls apart anyway so there is no need for mashing.

I love this dish as well and always end up eating half of it – it is a very comforting, warming dish at this time of year!

 

Happy cooking x

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Black Bean Carrot Cookies

beans

Sounds disgusting right? Well in truth these are no chocolate laden Millie’s cookies but they are pu – rrity tasty and are great for sneaking some extra veg into your smalls (NB that is slang for children, I do not think you should be shoving carrots down your knickers!!!!). Children are pretty easy to fool  – if you act like these are a big treat then hopefully they will believe you. There is also the bonus that the flecks of black beans can look like chocolate chips (am I clutching at straws here…..?) . If these are a bit too ‘clean’ for your tastes you can always substitute the coconut oil for proper butter, add a bit of sugar or throw in some actual chocolate chips.

When I was breastfeeding Sonny I had to cut out all dairy from my diet and was constantly flummoxed as to what to eat. I found the Deliciously Ella blog great  – I was quite sceptical but actually the majority of her things taste amazing. I have incorporated a lot of her ideas into everyday cooking even though I am now back on the dairy (in bucketloads…..)

Recipe

1.5 tins of black beans (Drained)

1 mug of oats

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 carrot grated

1 pear (or apple) grated

1 Banana

2 tablespoons Maple Syrup

1 tsp Mixed Spice.

These are so easy to make – blend the beans, oil, banana and syrup together in a bowl then stir in the oats, spice, carrot and pear. Dollop onto a non stick or greased baking tray and bake on gas mark 5 for about 30 minutes or until golden.  I sometimes sandwich them together with cashew or almond butter.

I would love to hear what you think of these!

I am sorry I haven’t posted on here  in the last couple of weeks, Poor Sonny has been teething, had an ear infection and a virus. I actually feel like Widow Twanky, I have never done so much laundry in my life.

Have a wonderful week.

xx

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10 Handy Uses for Coconut Oil (For you and the Kids)

Coconut oil

I work my way through huge amounts of coconut oil – yes it is quite expensive and is having a bit of a ‘moment’ but don’t be put off .It has multiple uses and works out cheaper than purchasing loads of different products. I always have 2 pots on the go – one for the bathroom and one for the kitchen (you can often get them on offer from certain stores if you are buying two). Here are some things I use mine for;

  • Hair conditioner. Stick some through the ends of your hair and leave for a couple of hours (don’t go out though you will look greasy!) or overnight – wash out in the morning – voila – silky smooth tresses with no chemicals!
  • Nappy cream – I used loads of it on Sonny’s bum when he was in the throes of his milk allergy and pooed about 20 times a day. He very rarely got Nappy rash and I am convinced this is why. I still carry around a mini pot of it in the Nappy bag now.
  • Oil pulling – this sounds absolutely gross and does take a bit of getting used to but it does seem to work. You are basically supposed to swish a tablespoon of coconut oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes before brushing once a day. I never make it to 20 minutes (probably 10)and only use a dessert spoon but it still seems to do the trick (it is meant to pull all the bacteria out of your mouth and also whiten teeth). Don’t spit down the plug as it will block the drain!
  • When I was pregnant and ran out of my stretch mark oil I would use it as a body oil (and still do rub it in when in the shower sometimes as a body moisturizer )
  • Until last month I didn’t use any soaps or shampoos on Sonny – I literally would rub a little coconut oil onto his scalp then rinse off and pop a little on a flannel and rub it over his body. This did the trick just fine and as far as I’m aware he didn’t smell (other than of coconuts) and has lovely soft skin.
  • Make up remover. Every evening I massage it into my face then use my clarisonic face brush followed by a wipe with a hot flannel– it gets all make up (including mascara) off. I have greasy skin but I very rarely get spots after starting this routine.
  • Cooking – if you don’t mind the taste of coconut you can use the oil for frying, baking in place of butter, spreading on toast , stirring into coffee – the list is endless.
  • Coconut oil is antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal. Gross but it works on athletes foot and soothes sunburn and chapped nipples.
  • Cradle cap – massage coconut oil onto your babies scalp then scrub gently with a hairbrush – it works a treat.
  • Hand Cream – If you have or work with children you will wash your hands A LOT. I am generally pretty rubbish at applying hand cream. As a result my hands have started to resemble chickens feet, this has improved ever so slightly by me rubbing Sonny’s coconut oil in my hands after I change his Nappy. It sinks in quite quickly so you don’t end up with slippy paws.

There are tons of other uses for this wonder product, I’m not getting paid to promote anything here but I truly love it and find it indispensable. I’m sure there will be recipes featuring coconut oil on here in due course.

FYI – It is always worth doing a little patch test on your child’s skin prior to using in case of allergy.

Have a great weekend xx

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Colcannon Cakes

colcannon

These are perfect finger foods for babies and smalls. They are also yummy for adults (I added a bit of salt and scoffed about 4 while cooking these up for Sonny) . They would also be great topped with a fried or poached egg for breakfast. If your little one doesn’t like cabbage you can add any kind of finely chopped greenery. Obviously as Sonny is dairy intolerant we steamed the cabbage, and fried the cakes in olive oil. If I were cooking these normally however, I would cook the cabbage in butter and also fry the cakes in butter – yum! They taste perfectly good without though!

It is a great recipe for using up leftover spuds/greens from the Sunday roast.

Ingredients

350g cooked potato (leftover mash or boiled)

1/2 sweetheart cabbage shredded

100g plain flour

1 egg

Ground black pepper

Method

If your potato isn’t already mashed then smash it up until smooth. Either steam, boil or cook in butter your cabbage/greens then finely chop (if for the little ones as it can be quite stringy) , if you are making this for older children then obviously don’t worry so much about chopping!

Beat the egg and stir into the potato mixture then add the flour and cabbage and fold until you have a firm (yet still quite sticky) mixture. Add a grind of back pepper.

Roll a ping pong sized ball of mixture in your hand then flatten it down and pop it in a frying pan on a low-medium heat. Fry until golden on each side (about 3 minutes on each side) This recipe should make approximately 9 cakes.

A tasty addition would be to add some grated mature cheddar or some crispy bacon (or both) into your mixture.

Happy cooking xx

Disclaimer (please note I am not responsible for your child’s farts post cabbage)

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Sugar Free Cake

cakeIf you read my last weaning post you may remember me mentioning I was going to introduce Sonny to egg gradually by making a sugar free cake. He was fine and is now chomping scrambled and mashed hard boiled eggs like a little protein guzzling muscle head.

The cake was a huge success (both with Sonny and my other half)  so I thought I would include the recipe here. I have adapted a tea loaf recipe that my mum used to make us as kids. I also used to make it a lot for families when I was a Nanny (although I kept the fruit whole and the sugar in). The original recipe contained only sultanas but I have included apricots and dates in this also.

Recipe……

500g of dried fruit ( I used a mixture of organic apricots, dates and sultanas)

375 ml of warm tea (as this is for kids I used organic rooibos which is caffeine free – you could also use camomile or even apple juice)

250 gr self raising flour

1 egg lightly beaten.

(The original recipe also included 175 g soft brown sugar but I think it is sweet enough)

Method.

Empty your fruit into a bowl with the tea – cover and leave to soak overnight. If using as a finger food for babies then blend the fruit in the morning. If for older ones then don’t bother. Add the lightly beaten egg and sift in the flour. Plonk the mixture in a greased and lined loaf tin and bake in the oven at 375/176/Gas mark 4 for 1 hour 30 – 45 mins. You can serve this on its own or spread with butter.

Easy Peasy – Enjoy xxx

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Weaning Part 3.

IMG_0347So this will be my final ‘weaning’ post – I know they don’t make for hugely exciting reading but hopefully someone might find them useful!  During these 40 days I pretty much introduced all the hard-core stuff (ie meat, pasta etc) and unfortunately the nappies became hard core too. (I defy you not to gag on the smell of your babies first meaty turd) .

I still haven’t introduced egg – I don’t know why but I’m a bit scared that Sonny will be allergic, I have no idea where this fear has come from and yet again my Nanny self would have wanted to slap me! Anyway I am going to grow a pair and make a sugar free cake tomorrow (whoop whoop my life is so wild) , so will feed him some (with piritin on standby) and let you know how it goes!

We had a few grade A spews this month, mainly because Sonny took a while to get used to texture and would gag. This is quite normal, but even more so with reflux babies. As soon as Sonny gagged on a lump he would projectile a load of his food out. It’s important not to look worried or scared as you may scare them, just clean them up and continue,maybe leave the textures for a couple of days then try again.

I am still steering away from tomatoes, apples etc – anything slightly acidic seems to bring on a reflux attack that can last days. You will notice at the end of the post I start to introduce more finger foods – bits of soft fruit or Organix carrot Puffs seemed to go down the best!

Day 60.

AM – Rice, Pear and Peach

Lunch – Lentils and Parsnip (gagged and threw up)

PM – Banana and Peach with rice

Day 61

Oatmeal and Pear

Lentils and Squash (pureed this time)

Avocado

Day 62

Avocado

Carrot Peas and Pear

Peach, Banana and Rice

Day 63

Peach, Banana and Rice

Green Beans

Pear and Rice

Day 64

Apricots Banana and Rice

Baby sweetcorn and peas

Pear and Rice

Day 65

Apricot, Banana and Rice

Baby sweetcorn and Rice

Avocado

Day 66

Peaches and Rice

Peas Pear and Broccoli

Rice and Banana

Day 67

Avocado

Chickpeas, Sweet Potato, Sweetcorn

Peaches and Rice

Day 68

Peas, Pear and Broccoli

Chickpeas, Sweet potato and sweetcorn (not v.keen)

Tried again with chickpeas (hit the spoon away!), had peaches, banana and rice.

Day 69

Tried Chickpeas again (no luck)

Peach, Banana and Rice

Avocado and Lentil

Day 70

Plums, Pear, Parsnip and Swede

Sweet potato, Broccoli and Peas

Avocado, Sweetcorn and Chickpea

Day 71

Plums, Pear, Parsnip, Swede and Rice

Carrot Peas and Pear

Sweetcorn and Lentils (didn’t like)

Avocado with lumps (massive spew)

Peach and Rice

Day 72

Decided to leave the plums (seems to reflux more afterwards)

Rice Banana and Peach

Lentils, Courgette and Avocado

Rice and Pear

Day 73

Avocado

Chickpea, Courgette, Carrot

Rice, Banana, Peach

Day 74

Ella’s Banana Porridge

Lentils, Carrot, Peas and Pear

Avocado, Courgette and Potatoe

Day 75

Ella’s Banana Porridge (gags a little on texture)

Lentils, Broccoli, Peas and Pear

Avocado and Courgette

Day 76

Banana Porridge

Butter Beans, Courgette, Carrot and Potato

Peaches and Rice

Day 77

Avocado and Lentils

Sweet potato, Broccoli and Peas

Pear, Peach and Rice

Day 78

Porridge

Chicken, Carrot and Sweet Potato

Peach and Banana

Day 79

Porridge

Chicken, Carrot, Sweet Pot, Avocado

Apricots, Banana and Rice

Day 80

Porridge and mashed banana

Chicken, Carrot, Parsnip and Spaghetti

Rice pudding, Pear and Peach

Day 81

Porridge

Ellas Chicken Casserole (didn’t eat much)

Same for dinner (then had bad tum at night)

Day 82

Porridge

Ella’s Morrocan Chicken

Rice Pudding, Pear and Peach

Day 83

Porridge

Chickpea, Sweet Pot and Sweetcorn Mash

Greenbeans and Pasta. Rice Pudding, Peach and Pear

Day 84

Porridge

Ella’s Chicken Dinner

Rice, Carrots, Broccoli, Sweet Pot (Didn’t eat much) Pears and Peaches

Day 85

Porridge

Cod, Potato, Peas. Peach and Banana

Chicken, Potato and Avocado

Day 86

Porridge

Same as above minus pud

Avocado, Rice Pud, Peach and Banana

Day 87

Porridge

Chicken, Potatoes and Peas

Sweet pot, Carrot and Broccoli

Rice Pud and Pear

Day 88

Porridge and Pear

Lentils, Sweet Pot, Carrot and Broccoli

Avocado and Pasta

Day 89

Porridge and Peach

Ella’s Lamb Dinner

Rice, Lentils, Broccoli, Peas and Pear

Day 90

Porridge

Ella’s Lamb Dinner

Chicken, Carrots and rice

Day 91

Porridge, Peach and Banana

Avocado

Lentils, Courgette, Squash, Broccoli, Pasta

Day 92

Porridge

Chicken and Carrots (puked –  a bit too thick)

Potato, Squash, Broccoli, Courgette

Watermelon

Day 93

Porridge

Lamb mince, Squash, Pasta

Rice and Watermelon

Day 94

Porridge

Chicken and potato with carrots and peas

Avocado

Rice pudding with peach and banana

Day 95

Porridge

Salmon, Peas and Potatoes

Pasta, Peas and Avocado

Day 96

Porridge

Lamb mince, Squash, Pasta

Salmon, Peas and Pots

Day 97

Porridge

Carrot puff (organix crisps) Lamb Dinner

Chickpea, sweet potato and avocado. Carrot puff

Pear and Peach

Day 98

Porridge, Peach and banana

Beef Stew with carrot, potato,sweet pot and peas.

Chickpea, sweet potato and sweetcorn, carrot puffs.

Piece of pear. Peach and Banana

Day 99

Porridge, Banana and Pear

Chicken, Carrots, Broccoli and peas

Carrot puffs, Rice pudding, apricot and Banana. Organix banana biscuit.

Day 100

Porridge

Beef stew with broccoli, carrots and potatoes.

Lentils,courgette and parsnip with pasta. Carrot puffs, Pear and banana pieces.

I will hopefully be including a few basic recipes every month from now on. Chef Juliet Cain will also be contributing a recipe once a month. I can’t wait as she is a super duper chef and has been teaching our Nanny Cookery classes at Mortimer HQ for the last 3 years!

Have a great week xx

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Weaning Part 2

As we started weaning early we don’t necessarily move onto anything ‘hardcore’ during this month, towards the end of the month I started introducing some Gluten free porridge (which I blitzed in water beforehand with the blender then cooked with breastmilk), but other than that we just stuck to organic fruit, veg and baby rice. We also started introducing a 3rd meal (lunch) towards the end of the month. When I say ‘meal’ I am not meaning a 3 course slap up feast, more like 2 or 3 spoonfuls. Again I found Ella’s kitchen products indispensable for when we were out and about or a bit pushed for time.

I really noticed that Sonny was starting to enjoy his food and was beginning to make a chewing motion with his mouth – I would gradually increase the consistency of his baby rice through the month to encourage this. Some tastes he would be unsure of and would actually refuse to open his mouth and bat the spoon away. We would then just leave it and try the same food at the next ‘meal’ time. It is worth persevering as apparently babies need to try new tastes at least 15 times before they decide whether they like them or not (although Sonny made his mind up pretty quickly that he liked Avocado, Pear and peaches!).

Sonny was still taking his 4 bottles of milk a day at this stage. We would have our first ‘meal’ after the first milk, lunch around 11.30 after his second milk and dinner around 5pm between milk feeds.

Day 31

AM – Carrot and Potato

PM – Pear and Rice

Day 32

AM – Carrot and Potato

PM – Pear and Rice (*Poos are tending to be bright orange after carrot)

Day 33

AM – Parsnip and Potato (Didn’t eat much)

PM – Avocado

Day 34

AM Parsnip and Rice

PM – Avocado

Day 35

AM Parsnip (loved the parsnip this morning)

PM Rice and Pear

Day 36

AM -Peach, Pear and Rice

PM-  Parsnip, Courgette and Rice

Day 37

AM-  Parsnip and Courgette (didn’t eat much)

PM –  Peaches and baby rice

Day 38

AM  – Avocado

PM –  Parsnip. Peaches and Rice

Day 39

AM –  Butternut squash and Parsnip

PM –  Banana, Peaches and Rice

Day 40

AM –  Butternut Squash (not keen)

PM –  Banana Peaches and Rice

Day 41

AM  – Butternut squash (again closed mouth – not keen)

LUNCH – Parsnip

PM – Rice, Pear and Peaches

Day 42

AM –  Parsnip (not too keen this morn)

LUNCH – Blended gluten free oats, breastmilk, peaches and pear (bit unsure of texture)

PM – Butternut squash and rice

Day 43

AM –  Porridge (as above)

LUNCH – Carrot, courgette and Potato

PM – Rice and Pear

Day 44

AM  – Porridge (didn’t have much)

LUNCH – Pear, Peach and baby rice

PM – Avocado

Day 45

AM –  Porridge and banana

LUNCH – Sweet potato, carrot and broccoli (hated this !!)

PM – Tried above again (no joy) so had Pear, Peach and rice (uh oh – I hope not developing a sweet tooth)

Day 46

AM  – Broccoli, Carrot and sweet potato (seems to be warming to it a little)

LUNCH – Avocado

PM – Rice and Pear

Day 47

AM  – Porridge, Banana and pear

LUNCH – Broccoli, Carrot and sweet potato

PM – Rice and pear

Day 48

AM –  Broccoli, Parsnip and Sweet Potato

LUNCH – Carrot Pear and peas

PM – Rice Banana and Pear

Day 49

AM  – Butternut squash and rice

LUNCH – Ella’s Peas (loved)

PM – Pear and Rice

Day 50

AM  – Oatmeal and Pear

LUNCH – Peas

PM – Broccoli, Peas, pear and rice

Day 51

AM –  Peaches, banana and rice

LUNCH – Peas

PM – Mango, peaches, banana and rice

Day 52

AM –  Porridge and Mango (quite refluxy/sick after – mangos???)

LUNCH – Parsnip

PM- Peas, Courgette and Rice

Day 53

AM  – Rice, Peaches and Pears

LUNCH – Courgette, peas and potato

PM – Avocado

Day 54 – AM Rice, peaches and pear (ate loads!)

LUNCH – Carrots, potato and Peas

PM – Green beans and rice

Day 55

AM –  Pear and rice

LUNCH – Green beans, potato and peas

PM – Sweet potato, carrot

Day 56

AM –  Pear and rice

LUNCH – Avocado

PM – Courgette and rice

Day 57

AM  – Banana, Apricot and rice

LUNCH – Carrot, peas and pear

PM- Avocado and rice

Day 58

AM –  Rice, banana and apricot

LUNCH – Broccoli, Peas and pear

PM – Carrots, broccoli, peas pear and rice

Day 59

AM – Porridge with banana and pear

LUNCH – Green beans and rice

PM – Avocado blended with milk

Day 60

AM –  Rice, pear and peach

LUNCH – Squash and parsnip

PM – Avocado