Mama loves cooking.
I’m not claiming to be an amazing chef, but I do enjoy cooking. When I’m not really busy or too tired. And when I have a nice recipe to try which turns out how it’s supposed to. There’s nothing worse than bundling all kinds of kooky ingredients into a slow cooker, excitedly savouring the aromas all day, then finding it tastes terrible. Damn you, peanut butter salsa chicken!
I could always “cook” and would normally try out the occasional new recipe on my husband. When the baby started weaning though, things had to be kicked up a gear. I not only had to feed myself and the husband, I had to provide home-cooked, salt and spice free, soft-enough meals for my 6 month old. That was quite a shock to the system, having just managed to get into a rhythm with breastfeeding and LP’s naps. Food preparation and mealtimes seemed to take forever. It’s a lot easier now.
Nowadays, at 13 months and 6 teeth, LP can eat almost the same food as his father and I. If he’s with me for the day (4 days a week, when I’m not at work), we usually eat the same lunch and we’ll have brunch and Sunday dinner together as a family at the weekend. Some weeknights we eat dinner all together too, but this is quite early, so he’ll sometimes have a meal from a batch I’ve previously made and frozen so his father and I can eat later. And the odd, ready-made toddler meal too, of course. I’m not Mary Poppins for chrissakes.
The latest cooking stories and recipes are below.
Vegetable or chicken quesadillas for the whole family (with guacamole) Quesadillas are great – easy and quick to make, a great way of using up leftovers and a perfect way to get a hit of vegetables. If you’ve never tried them, they are a bit like cheesey, fajita flatbreads – with the filling sandwiched between two … Read More
An easy vegetarian recipe for a meat free Monday (or Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday…) I love chickpeas. They add a really nice flavour and texture to all kinds of recipes, are good for you and I just like the name. “Chickpea”. It’s fun to say. I also love halloumi. Just look at it piled on top … Read More
Pistachio crusted salmon in pictures Looking for a quick mid-week dinner that looks a little bit fancier than your average quick and easy meal? I recommend that you try the delicious pistachio crusted salmon recipe, courtesy of Simple Healthy Kitchen. This recipe feels special enough to use as a weekend treat too (although perhaps your … Read More
Recently I blogged about the love for Sunday brunch we have in this household, and shared our version of American pancake stacks. My husband and I also love eggs benedict, although we haven’t tried this out on Little Pickle yet. I just have a feeling that it’s a bit too rich for him and he … Read More
Pancakes for brunch at home with the family I love brunch, but sometimes getting a one year old up, ready and out of the door is a bit of a challenge on a Sunday morning. We usually feed LP before we head out for a meal because that means he won’t be hungry and grumpy … Read More
Cheese and Broccoli Muffins for Babies, Toddlers and the Whole Family 8 months-old LP approves of this cheese & brocolli muffins recipe Muffins are great for weaning babies onto solids. They are suitable from quite an early age (no earlier than 6 months), once baby has mastered the pincer grasp enough to manipulate pieces of food into … Read More