Yee ha! Following a few days of semi-abstinence, Microboy has been a tremendous little eater today. He has cheerfully put away a whole variety of goops along with a bit of rusk and some cereal.
I shall be known henceforth as Susie Slopmaker since I’ve been having a bit of a love-in with my puree-making gadge. The freezer is now stashed with such concoctions as…
- Carrot & Sweet Potato
- Carrot, Parsnip & Squash
- Broccoli & Cauliflower (aka “purest green”)
- Apple & Nectarine
- Mango & Papaya
- Apple, Mango & Papaya
Behold the pots… (the green segmented one is from Annabel Karmel and isn’t really much cop to be honest – the little square ones from Poundland are much more useful.)
I’ve also bought an oddbod selection of handwoven squeezy food sachets from Ella’s Kitchen and Organix, all of which claim to contain nothing but the base ingredients. This is mainly so that I have some emergency food in his changing bag when I need it – but also to get ideas for future flavour combinations. (Some of them sound very odd indeed… spinach, raisin and apple, anyone?)
Anyway – back to today’s eating…
Breakfast is often a bit of a trial with Micro as he is not that keen on cereals and blows randomly hot and cold on things like yogurts, bananas and fromage frais. One day he’s mad for Farley’s rusks, the next he’s gone off them – simply contrary! He can often be coaxed with fruits though, so this morning’s extravaganza started fairly well with a small portion of banana baby porridge made with a little bit of milk and shedloads of apple puree.
Then for lunch, against all of my expectations, he appeared to enjoy a pot of unadulterated “purest green”… this being nothing but broccoli and cauliflower pureed to within an inch of their lives. It makes for a strangely creamy concoction. He followed this with a few spoonfuls of carrot and sweet potato and the remainder of the apple puree, plus an Organix rusk/biscuity type thing that he likes to have as finger food and smear all over himself.
Finally, for dinner, he ate a portion of carrot and sweet potato followed by a little pot of nectarine and most of a raspberry baby yogurt. I think this is the most solid food that he has ever eaten in a single day. (Plus boob, as usual).
One thing I will say for the puree making gadge is that I’ve developed a newfound appreciation for it since I had a go without it in Devon. I’m not sure why, but it does a much quicker and better job than using a regular food processor and a steamer pan. (I suspect it must be because it is designed to cook things to oblivion and to keep all of the moisture in – also it is geared up to work with smaller portions than a food processor.)
Other than that, we’ve had a few attempts to try him out on finger foods. G gave him a piece of omelette/eggy bread, but he didn’t really go for it. Then I tried a recipe from the baby led weaning book for a sort of lentil/cheese cake that you slice up into wedges. Again, he more or less broke it into pieces and threw it on the floor. Same reaction so far with slices of apple and pear. The only finger foods that are making it as far as his mouth are biscuits and rice cakes, but we’ll give it time.
Yikes – that was a whole lot more rambling than I intended… sorry! (But I will just quickly say that if anyone wants to suggest recipes, please do!)