Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Lumpy puree

Lunch today: cream cheese on toast, banana.

Dinner: coconut couscous, steamed butternut squash, and lumpy puree. Well, a "Stage 2" variety (strawberry and mango) intended to teach 7 month olds how to eat tiny lumps. I bought a pack by mistake a while ago and Phoebe won't touch it ("I don't like bits") so thought it was time to try it on the boy. Interestingly it was quite gaggy; he clearly sucks the puree off the spoon straight to the back of his throat just like the theory says. As Rafs, who is happy with toast and pasta and could chew at 5.5 months, had this problem, it's no wonder so many exclusively puree-fed babies struggle to move on to stuff with more texture. He did get the hang of it after a few goes and does love "spoon-fruit", as it's known in our house.

Sunday, 28 September 2008

Catching up

Sorry, have been really busy. Meeting all day yesterday, then working on decluttering/babyproofing today as Rafs is so close to crawling. 5 charity shop bags, one bin bag, and I've almost done my bedroom...

Anyway, the only new thing he has eaten was cauliflower cheese. A rip-off frozen organic "home-made" thing from Waitrose. I thought it was really nice but he hated it so much it made him cry. So I quickly replaced it with a trusty yoghurt.

Thursday, 25 September 2008


yesterday: no lunch. Rice cakes with hoummus for dinner, and apple/strawberry puree pot (same as Phoebe).

Today, more rice cakes and hoummus for lunch, with an apple/blueberry puree pot (same as Phoebe). Dinner was mac cheese; he loves this. Tried a few squashed peas as I made some for Phoebe anyway, but he can't pick them up yet really. Then squash/carrot puree from the freezer - I made it so I'm determined to use it up.

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Too much poo

After being a bit constipated for a while, now we have the opposite problem... Skipped his swimming lesson today just in case, boo hoo. He's fine in himself though, with a good appetite.

Lunch was plain mini rice cakes (now a firm favourite), broccoli and a peach yoghurt. I need to cut down on yoghurt I think - he now eats the entire pot and it's quite sugary.

Dinner was linguine (amusing), banana (to try to bung him up a bit) and a pot of pear/raspberry puree. He adores raspberry and got cross when it was finished.

Monday, 22 September 2008

No dinner again

Because he is still asleep.

Lunch was roast potato, broccolli and raspberry yog.

Sunday, 21 September 2008

Random pics

Smoothie-gulping big sister.

The "splat" technique. Surprisingly effective.


Finger-lickin' good.

Showing the baby how to use a fork.

Saturday, 20 September 2008

Still no kitchen access

Managed plum, plain rice cakes and yoghurt fot lunch. No dinner as he slept 5-7.

Friday, 19 September 2008

Parsnip and pea

Bit tricky today as my kitchen was being tiled. No freezer or microwave access.

Lunch: Mashed avocado on rice cakes, strawberry yog.

Dinner: Plum, tomato, Plum Baby puree of parsnip, pea and apple. Smelled revolting but he ate half the pot quite happily.

Thursday, 18 September 2008

More of the same

Lunch: mashed avocado on rice cakes, apricot yoghurt
Dinner: coconut couscous, plum, apple/peach puree.

Wednesday, 17 September 2008


Lunch: Macaroni cheese, banana, apple/mango puree. He ate the entire pot!

Dinner: Phoebe begged for pancakes. Wheat, dairy and egg, all in one package. But I decided , what the heck, let him try it. Another hit :) and no sign of any egg problem so far. She ate three whole pancakes, so a great success all round. One left, now in the freezer.

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Catching up

Manic here, sorry. Anyway, the good news is that he likes macaroni cheese.

Sunday, 14 September 2008

Eating out

Went into central London for brunch with the ILs. Didn't know where we were going so packed a picnic of steamed broccolli and roast sweet potato for Rafs. In the end he ate very little as the restaurant was full of so many distractions. Phoebe did fairly well though with her veggie sausage baguette, and even tried a mouthful of her cousin's baked beans. Still doesn't like them but at least she tried.

For dinner he has eaten a fair bit more of the broccolli and sweet pots, along with some couscous and some rice cake with hoummus. It's fantastic that he likes hoummus; it's a great protein source for a veggie and as DH eats the commercial stuff for breakfast every day it's a family staple.

Saturday, 13 September 2008

Hoummus, coconut couscous

Had a cookathon today, as I want to get R onto slightly more substantial meals than just random bits of fruit and veg.

First I made hoummus. One can of Tesco organic chick peas (they have no salt), roughly mashed, then blended with the other ingredients. The trick with hoummus, I find, is to add way more liquid than you would expect. So I used about 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 3 of natural yoghurt and several good glugs of bottled lemon juice. Next time I'll add garlic, but I'm avoiding tahini at the moment because it contains the same allergen as peanuts do.

He had the hoummus spread on a rice cake for lunch, and seemed to enjoy it. He also had one with cream cheese, and some tomato pieces on the side.

Then he had some coconut couscous for dinner. This is based on a recipe in Carol Timperly's Vegetarian Baby and Child, one of my favourite books. Phoebe used to eat a lot of it when she was younger (she won't eat it now, of course).

I did 200ml carton of coconut cream, 2 tablespoons demerara sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 400ml water. Boil, make sure sugar is dissolved, stir in 8oz couscous, remove from heat, cover, leave till ready. It's good with raisins and dried apricots (simmered for 10 minutes separately to make them juicy, then stirred in) but he doesn't have a pincer grip yet. The couscous clumps nicely into big balls so makes good finger food, although it goes everywhere when dropped on the floor. It also freezes really well.

First taste gave him "the shudder" but he kept eating, so must have liked it well enough. He also had some defrosted carrot puree, left from my early "does he really hate carrots?" experiment, but rejected it. So he had an apple/vanilla puree pot instead.

I also made a big batch of macaroni cheese for the freezer. Won't give you a recipe as it's hardly unusual! Fingers crossed he likes it.

Friday, 12 September 2008


Lunch: cream cheese on rice cakes, a Plum baby pot of pumpkin/carrot/mango. Disgusting in my opinion but Rafi liked it.

Dinner: steamed carrot and courgette (defrosted). Don't freeze cooked courgette, it goes quite slimy! Digestive biscuit, banged it on the tabke till it shattered, and so he managed to actually eat a few of the smaller bits. Then raspberry yoghurt, his favourite flavour.

Thursday, 11 September 2008

Digestive, strawberry yog

Lunch: Finally managed to find some large unsalted rice cakes. Not organic, sadly. Anyway, he had those with cream cheese on, which he enjoyed. Then an apple/raspberry puree pot. Phoebe turned her nose up at hers - she doesn't like raspberry.

Dinner: Banana. An organic wholewheat digestive. This was thoroughly sucked but he didn't manage to bite any off. Poor toothless fellow. Then a strawberry yoghurt. First taste of strawberry; it's very very unlikely that he'll be allergic, and he's been fine with raspberry, so I thought it was reasonable at 7 months 8 days. I'm tired of throwing away the strawberry yoghurts because nobody likes them. Luckily, he did.

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

More dullness

Lunch: orange rice cakes, banana, peach yoghurt
Dinner: plum, Cheddar slices, apple/blackcurrant puree pot.

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Big day

Phoebe started again at preschool, thank goodness. She is delighted to be back. And Rafi had his first swimming lesson. He loved it and was very splashy.

Lunch: the last of the roast squash, more orange rice cakes, and an apricot yoghurt.
Dinner: Plum, tomato and some of Phoebe's linguine. He did surprisingly well with it. His technique was to open his hand flat, pressing his palm against his mouth, and try to slurp it in. Very entertaining. Also offered lentils on a spoon, again. Wasn't third time lucky; he still doesn't like them. But I have a few more pots in the freezer so will keep offering periodically.

Monday, 8 September 2008

Orange rice cakes

Lunch: roast squash, rice pudding blobs. Messy but yummy.
Dinner: orange flavour rice cakes. Only 1% orange oil (it's an allergen). Loved them. Another Golden Globe plum. Offered Plum baby sweetcorn/carrot pot but he still hates it. Fair enough; I'm not buying any more. Soon he will be able to cope with proper sweetcorn.

Sunday, 7 September 2008

I must get more creative

Lunch: Cream cheese on toast again (DH made lunch today). He seems to like sucking the cheese off and spits most of the bread out. Tomato quarters again, and a Golden Globe plum (skinned and quartered).
Dinner: Pasta twists (not wholemeal) and roast butternut squash. Followed by mango/banana puree pot.

Saturday, 6 September 2008

Same old food...

Lunch: roast potato, Cheddar slices, tomato quarters and mango chunks. All eaten like it's going out of fashion. Phoebe was impressed enough to actually eat a tomato herself, which is a very rare event.

Dinner: avocado, cream cheese on toast. Toast still a bit gaggy so will leave it another week. He liked it though :)

Friday, 5 September 2008

I was out today

But am told that he had avocado, tomato and roast potato for lunch, then mango and more potato for dinner. I think he didn't get any spoon food as DH couldn't face the mess!

Thursday, 4 September 2008

7 months yesterday

But I was too busy to post, sorry.

So, yesterday, lunch was apple rice cakes, banana and raspberry yoghurt. He found the banana much easier to handle tha the last time a few weeks before. Dinner was steamed courgettes and carrots, then apple/something I forget puree pot.

Today lunch was more carrot and courgette, 2 slices of cheddar, banana yoghurt, and as he was still very keen, mango/banana puree. Dinner was apple rice cakes, banana, and lentils on a spoon. He still doesn't like them and only put the spoon in twice.

DH is in charge tomorrow as I'm going to a study day for my antenatal teacher training. Wish him luck!

Tuesday, 2 September 2008


Uninspired today, as none of my fruit is ripe.

Lunch: apple-flavour rice cakes. Nicer than the plain ones; kept him amused for 20 minutes or so. Followed by mango yoghurt.

Dinner: made some wholemeal pasta but found it was too chewy. Phoebe objected as well. So more apple rice cakes. And a large vine tomato, skinned and with the hard green bit cut out. I know it's a potential allergen, but he's not genetically susceptible to allergies/eczema/asthma etc so I feel it's extremely unlikely to be a problem. Anyway, he gave his usual "what on earth is this?" shudder, but came back to it quite a few times so it can't have been that bad. Dessert was half a Plum Baby mango/banana pot. I've had a proper mango ripening for a week now, with bananas next to it, and it is still rock hard. So needs must...

Monday, 1 September 2008

Broccolli and blackcurrant

Lunch: more squash pieces and mashed potato cakes. Mainly thrown on the floor, as he wanted to chew his mat instead.
Dinner: Rice pudding as finger food. Broccolli for the first time, which he liked a lot. Finally something green! And then an apple/blackcurrant Organix puree pot (Phoebe had one too). Only about 2% blackcurrant though!