Today I was going to post the scones I mentioned in my previous post but those are being pushed back in favour of this short little post today. Fear not, adults – I’m not about to turn my blog into a baby food extravaganza but blogs should evolve with their writers. I am now, since almost 8 months, a father. Feeding my son is naturally a big thing for me these days and it would be remiss of me to completely ignore that aspect of my life in my writing.
Those of you without kids may find these posts completely uninteresting, but I hope that there will be others, be they parents or not, whom I can inspire, or swap notes with, and at the very least show others that baby food doesn’t have to be all bland, boiled, mashed vegetables and chicken.
We decided long ago that we wanted to prepare our son’s meals ourselves. We’re not the kind of people who really want to just crack open a jar of “puréed something-or-other”. So, in addition to some baby-led weaning (I can’t be 100% on-board with this belief because I feel the whole “no more mush” motto is a little too drastic. I make nice mush!), I want to try and introduce my son to a more diverse range of flavours from an early age because there’s really no reason why you can’t use a great many of the herbs and spices that we normally use in “grown-up cooking” to flavour the food of infants. Likewise, it can be said that many of the dishes that we as adults eat can easily be adapated for babies and toddlers. Naturally you have to keep some things in mind – don’t salt the food, leave out the chillies for now, and try and introduce one new thing at a time so you can check for and identify intolerances or allergies.
Anyway, we’re big bean-eaters in this household and although my son has already enjoyed a nice piece of roast beef which he chomped down on with great gusto I’ve decided to explore these staples with him, beloved by so many vegetarians, inspired by his seeming adoration of hummus a few weeks ago after I made some and forgot to salt it. He was crazy for it, even despite the slightly strong garlic flavour. Today I decided to go for a fairly simple bean purée using kidney beans, olive oil and some good old cumin. Let’s see what the little guy thinks of it…
Kidney Bean Purée
Serves: Makes enough for ~2 meals for a 7 month old child
Preparation and cooking time: ~3 minutes
- ~40g Kidney Beans
- 2tsps Olive Oil
- Pinch of Cumin
- Pinch of Black Pepper
- Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. The end result doesn’t have the most appetizing of appearances, but hey – it’s the flavour that counts for babies!
Let’s give this a try. He doesn’t seem entirely convinced at first…
Now he sits there for a bit, staring into space… pondering over the unknown flavours. Is he going to spit it out and cry?
Nope! One more dish that’s baby-approved!
I’ll be back next time with the promised scones, and I won’t be posting baby-food recipes all the time, but I think it’s nice to share my activities with people – I hope you agree! Have a nice day everyone :).