Tuesday, 20 September 2011

BLW Sept: Days 15, 16 & 17

The baby is really getting into food now - there's definite bite-chew-swallow action going on, which is very exciting to watch. She's currently working on getting her top teeth and it will be interesting to see what effect this will have on her eating.

Day 15
Breakfast: Apple slices.
Apple slices are always a big favourite and tend to be quite quick to eat, which was important today as we had a baby swimming lesson and needed to leave the house on time....

Lunch: Crumpets with cheese.
A nice filling lunch after a busy morning.

Dinner: Roasted vegetables: courgette, potatoes and purple carrots.
The strange colour of the carrots didn't slow her down at all, in fact, if anything she ate them with even more enthusiasm. When she'd munched through all the finger shapes, she started picking up handfuls of the bits of end and skin and eating them too!

Day 16
Breakfast: Fruit bread with Lurpak spreadable butter.
This is a homemade loaf, using the breadmaker and includes mixed fruit and also some spices. It's lovely toasted and baby always enjoys it.

Lunch: Pear slices.
Another firm favourite, trotted out because I was meant to have made a mushroom pate for lunch today but hadn't quite gotten around to it....

Dinner: Meatballs in a tomato sauce with couscous.
This is from the BLW cookbook and is another nice recipe (although again, one where I'd quibble about the quantities). Baby was even persuaded to try some of the meat once it was dipped in the tomato sauce, although she did just prefer spoonfuls of couscous and sauce!

Day 17
Breakfast: Toast with Lurpak spreadable butter and scrambled eggs.
We tried this a few weeks ago and she wasn't too interested in the egg, and the same thing happened today. Still, she munched through the toast so she didn't go hungry!

Lunch: Mushroom pate on oat cakes.
This was meant to have been made for yesterday, but I hadn't had time to make the pate so I switched it to today.

Mushroom pate
Handful of mushrooms - I used 6 small organic white caps
Handful of herbs - I used chives and tarragon
Knob of butter
1 tbsp creme fraiche
3 or 4 spring onions
Lemon juice (optional)

Chop the onions and mushrooms roughly, then fry gently until tender. Chop and add the herbs for a minute, then take off the heat and allow to cool. Put into a foodmixer with the creme fraiche and whizz to a paste - you can leave some chunks or make it smooth to taste. Add a splash of lemon juice at the end if you want!

Dinner: Jacket potatoes with a red bean filling and salad.
I cooked the jackets in the oven for an hour and a half, then cut them in half, scooped out the insides and mashed them, before mixing with my filling (red kidney beans, cream cheese, mild chilli powder and ground cumin). The fillings were put back into the skins and served with a green salad. The baby ate all of her portion, including a little bit of the potato skin - result!

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