Friday, 16 September 2011

BLW Sept: Days 11 - 14

Day 11
Breakfast: Porridge with apple butter.
I make my porridge using jumbo oats (50g) and semi-skimmed milk (300ml) - it's just as easy as doing 'instant' porridge from a box, but doesn't contain any extras. Today we added some of the apple butter I made last weekend - this is basically a low-sugar fruit preserve, and the apple version I made included cinnamon and cloves - it is delicious in porridge and was gobbled up by both of us.

Lunch: Homity pie and cucumber.
We had a friend round for lunch, so we had some of the chard and tomato pie that will be Dinner on Day 12, whilst Baby finished the last of the Homity pie from Day 7. The cucumber was a big hit today as she's teething.

Dinner: Macaroni cheese with spinach and chard.
This was mainly planned in to use up the last of the spinach and chard that came with this week's organic box. It's a tasty way to use up any extra veg you have lying around - any veg works when it's covered in cheese sauce!

Day 12
Breakfast: Drop scones.
[See Day 10]

Lunch: Tuna spread on toast.
[See Day 10]

Dinner: Chard and tomato pie, potato wedges and salad.
I made this from a recipe on the Abel and Cole website and it was very, very tasty. The potato wedges I made to my own recipe:

Spicy potato wedges
Potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges - we find red-skinned varieties of potato are particularly good for this.
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder/2 cloves, crushed
2 tsp rosemary
2tbsp olive oil

Parboil the potatoes for 4 minutes, drain and rest. Mix all of the other ingredients in a roasting tin, add the potatoes and bake in a pre-heated oven at 220C for 30-40 minutes.

Day 13
Breakfast: Porridge with apple butter.
[See Day 11]

Lunch: Pear and cucumber.
Pear is always a favourite and cucumber has been popular recently too - lunch today was the first one with the childminder (we're currently 'settling in'). Sadly, even with 'safe' foods, it didn't go to well, so we ended up trying again at home where she ate it all ...

Dinner: Dahl with pitta bread.
Another recipe from the BLW cookbook. Tasty, and with a pleasant bite from the fresh ginger (I might have got carried away). Baby loved it! I would definitely add some vegetables to it, if making it again - runner beans would have been good (and we've got plenty in the garden), but probably also kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and even carrot would be good too, added at the end so they've still got some bite.

Day 14
Breakfast: Crumpets with homemade plum and raspberry jelly.
A firm Friday favourite.

Lunch: Apple and cheese.
We were having lunch out today with some friends, so I took some pre-cut apple and cheese in case I wasn't able to make a menu choice that she could share. We ended up in a pretty ropey pub in Tilehurst, where the only food on offer was toasted sandwiches and chips, so I was pretty glad I'd prepared something else for her!

Dinner: Beef burgers and tomatoes.
Burgers made to the BLW cookbook recipe, although with significantly less mince than the recipe stated (I have found some of the quantities used in the recipes a bit odd, and am often changing them based on my own experience of cooking for 2). The recipe stated 500g lean beef mince, which I amended to 300g - this made 4 adult and 2 baby burgers. It also called for Dijon mustard, but I added some of the homemade mustard I made earlier in the summer (lemon and dill flavoured) and they were really very tasty. Buns were homemade too and the tomatoes were from the garden: we had ours roasted (with salt - yum yum).

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