Tuesday, 23 January 2007

A VERY unusual sandwich!

Tuesday 23rd January

Tuesdays are such a muddle as we have rhythm & rhyme in the morning and Aqua Babies in the afternoon, and meal, bf & nap times all suffer.

Breakfast was, unashamedly today, a banana & some toast.

For lunch I am unhappy to report George seemed to largely reject the polenta he loved so much yesterday (recipe to follow!!), but did eat a lentil & philadelphia sandwich. I fried the lentils in the butter I had done the polenta in, and put them on bread. As they didn't stick I dug out the philly! He ate them like lentils were going out of fashion!

He was v tired and grumpy by dinner time, and actually refused butternut squash. He did eat some more mini pasties though - so I haven't totally lost my Nigella status.


Mel x

ps - have posted the mushroom & spinach polenta recipe as a comment to this post! Enjoy xx


Mel_x said...


25g / 1oz butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove - crushed
225g / 8oz mushrooms finely chopped
50g / 2oz fresh or frozen spinach, finely chopped
80g / 3 3/4oz quick cook polenta
25g / 1oz parmesan cheese, grated
salt & pepper (optional)
oil for greasing

melt butter, add onion & garlic & cook for 2/3 mins until softened. Add mushrooms & cook for another 3 mins

Add spinach and cook for a further few mins, stirring occassionally. Remove from heat & set aside.

Bring 350ml/12 fl oz water to boil in a pan. Stirring constantly pour in polenta in a steady stream. Keep stirring (it gets quite hard) & cook for a few mins, until the polenta thickens & comes away from the sides of the pan.

Stir in onion mix, parmesan & seasoning (if using).

Oil a 1lb loaf tin, then spoon in mixture. Level surface and tap sides to remove air pockets. Leave to cool totally.

When cool, turn out & cut into thick slices. Brush with oilve oil & grill for 5 mins on each side until golden & crisp.

I hope someone else enjoys this!!


Mel x

sarah said...

Hi Mel, it's fascinating to read your blog. We've exchanged emails before in babycentre ages ago, when we were both strugling with breastfeeding, I'm Sarah, Benjamin's mum. Inspired by you I did some BLW today with some pear and it was fascinating, I should send you some pics!

I've just bought the book you recommended, waiting to try new exiting recipes.

It's great to read about you again and see that George is doing so well. I Love the photo in the blog!

Lots of love,


rachiemum: said...

thanx for the recipe i will have to test out my nigella skills as ive never cooked polenta before. xx

Mel_x said...


Hello!!!! WOW, I am soooo pleased to hear from you. I hope Benjamin is doing well. How did you do with the bf? We are still going - despite now a total of 3 bouts of thrush! I would love to see a picture of Benjamin...do you still have my email?

Rachie - it was my 1st time with this sort of polenta too - so it must be quite easy!!! lol


Mel x

rachiemum: said...

Mel i saw your comment about thrush and had to say that i dont get any (still BF too) if i eat a few spoonfuls of bio-live yoghurt every morning. A carton of cranberry jusice (no added sugar) a week helps too. xx

Mel_x said...

Thanks Rachie,

I have acidophilus tablets & those pro-biotic drinks, but I keep getting confident it has gone, so lapse & it comes back!! Not tried the cranberry juice, so will give that a go - thanks

Mel xx

sarah said...

Hi Mel, I managed to find your email, I'll send you some pics of Ben and I'll give you an update of us! I'll post here about our experiences once the cook book arrives.