As a new mummy, I like to prepare my own homemade food for my seven month old, LittleT. She is not fussy at all about what she eats, so the weaning process has been fun. I bought a Béaba Babycook early on and it has proven to be a great purchase. I use it all the time to make baby food and, because it both steams and blends, it minimises the time and effort involved and it means I can always freeze 2-3 portions on top of that day's lunch. Until now most of her solids have been prepared using it.
I always try all of LittleT's food before she eats it but this time I actually tried it before blending it and I must say it was so delicious that next time I will have to prepare a bigger amount to feed both adults and then purée it for baby.
Today I based the meal on an Annabel Karmel recipe, I always check her website anyway, which has proven to be a great source of weaning advice, but I tend to then adapt her recipes, she gives me the keys as to what flavours to mix. Today I didn't have all of the ingredients of the recipe I found (I wanted to cook beef), so I had to "invent" a recipe; now, inventing meals is something I do very often for the adults in the Feisty Tapas residence but I had never ventured into the unknown for baby food as much as today. Until now I had been using the Babycook because it felt safer but I am slowly getting more confident in the baby food department, so it felt like it was time.
The unknown: not using the Babycook for the whole process and using celery which I have never ever cooked with.
The semi-unknown: sweet potatoes, I first got acquainted with them when I used them for one of LittleT's first purées. As a Spaniard, they are new to me, I don't think I had ever eaten them myself. In the words of my mother: "Sweet potato? You do give babies very strange things over there in England"
I am not one for exact measurements so here is a rough idea of my...
Speedy beef, sweet potato and carrot stew purée
Ingredients: a handful of organic diced beef, about a quarter of a big onion (chopped), two sweet potatoes, one carrot, a bit of celery (the length of a finger), a dash of olive oil and a bit of water (just in case it gets dry). No salt allowed for baby food.
Method: Fry the chopped onion until golden and add the beef, sauté until cooked. I then added the celery and after a few minutes turned the heat down.
In the meantime, and this is where it all speeds up, I diced and put the sweet potato and the carrot in the Babycook to steam.
|My beloved babycook steaming away|
I left it all on a low heat for a few minutes and then blended it in the Babycook until it was the right consistency for LittleT (a purée with a bit of texture). I put one portion in LittleT's bowl ready for lunch and I froze two more portions.
Variation: The next day I prepared the remaining beef I had in the fridge using the exact same method but adding one more carrot and substituting the sweet potato with swede, it turned out so good that I left a little bowl of stew for me before puréeing the rest for LittleT.
|The final result, it may not look appetising to adult eyes but it really was delicious|
|The proof: LittleT's empty bowl, she loved it!|