Prepping [a] Baby Food[ie]

This is my blog about family meals from scratch. As my babies ["LL""Baby Boy-yer"] are now 4 and 2 years old, it has become less about "baby food." Lately, we've been trying to focus more on having family dinners where everyone eats the same thing, with no exceptions for the little ones. But just search the posts because we have plenty of baby food recipes from the last few years. We're always looking for ideas on what to make to keep this family healthy and trying new things. Join me, and submit recipes and tips of your own!

Always on hand in the freezer making dinner time easier … Also, frozen chopped onions. Life savers!

Ratatouille and let me complain for a moment

I made some ratatouille the other night and the kids both liked it, but Boy-yer wouldn’t eat the eggplant and LL wouldn’t eat the zucchini. Still I was quite happy with that. Julia Child’s recipe is so time consuming, so I made it her way until the part where she cooked everything separately and I just combined it all. It was really tasty anyway.

But lest anyone think I’ve won the battle against picky eating with my kids (well, with LL anyway), let me share the most recent frustration—school lunch.

Thankfully I don’t have the complaints that many Americans have about the lunch in US schools—ketchup is not a vegetable in the UK and LL’s school serves “real food.” However, as quasi-food adventurous as she is at home, she is that much the opposite at school. Today was the fourth day of school and her lunch was plain rice. She wouldn’t eat anything else. (She said.) Being that dessert was fruit, and you have to finish your lunch to get dessert, she didn’t have any of that either.

Right now, this is needling me. Soon if things don’t get better, it will drive me nuts. An all simple carb lunch just screams diabetes risk to me. I’m kind of stumped at the moment. You aren’t allowed to pack a lunch at her school, so what to do?

Bummer. I bought some really nice looking Kofte kebabs at the butcher (first time I’ve bought anything pre-made at a butcher) and was about to cook them tonight when I saw the ingredient list… Preservative E621. I really wanted to be able to ignore it and make them anyway, but I couldn’t make myself do it. I googled it and learned that E621 is MSG. Surprised that the fancy butcher would use this. Am now having yogurt for dinner. A lesson for next time—ask for the ingredient list beforehand!

Italian Pot Roast with Organic Brown Rice

Getting used to our new induction cooktop (love it) and tested out the pressure cooker. I got this recipe from ‘Pressure Cooking for Everyone’ by rick Ward, et al.

Yummy recipe & great cookbook for those who’d never used a pressure cooker before.

Pasta with pesto peas and steamed broccolini

Tried a Theresa Giudice recipe tonight and guess what? It really was #fabulicious. Kids eating the peppers out of sausage and peppers.

Chicken and Mushroom Noodle Soup

I tried out this recipe I found on Pinterest ( under “one pot”) for Italian-style chicken and mushroom soup. I’m not sure if call it very Italian but 3/4 of us liked it a lot. LL does not love one pot dinners of any sort but she ate about half of her dish with some moaning and groaning. Boy-yer asked for seconds.

It’s a pretty yummy soup, but there are a lot of steps and it’s better to plan ahead because the recipe is a bit of a wonky order. You have to roast two heads of garlic (best to start with this step) as well as get your chicken breasts poaching in broth right off the bat. (Reading other people’s recipes makes me want to write mine more clearly!) I used soba noodles instead of orecchiette and Swiss chard instead of spinach. It came out reminding me a bit of those china town style big noodle bowls. Didn’t kill my blood sugar either.

A Baby Foodie turned 3 yesterday!  Thanks for reading, all.  I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things and working in my new kitchen when we get back to the UK.  

Here are some photos of what we’ve been up to this summer… not too much cooking but lots of picking berries and eating Nonnie’s food.  

Lobster Roll!

Now that Boy-yer has been allergy tested (long story), I (shellfish allergy sufferer) felt safe for the kiddos to try some lobster up in Maine. We’ve been watching with fascination as the lobster chef at Brown’s Wharf steams and prepares lobster and clams by the trolley stop the last few days so they were also feeling ready.

We went to a new lobster roll place called Shannon’s Unshelled in Boothbay Harbor after an afternoon of kayaking and paddle-boarding. It’s really cute and reminded me of the Krusty Krab from Spongebob. The lobster roll was just as it’s supposed to be: full of tons of lobster. The verdict—LL (suspicious of all fish) liked it and Daddy and Boy-yer loved it!

I haven’t been posting much lately because it’s the summer and we are in the USA visiting family and also away on vacation, so there hasn’t been much cooking (well there has, but not by me.)  The blog will ramp back up again around August 21 when we get back to the UK and back to reality.  Happy Trails everybody. :)