Thursday, 3 February 2011

Béaba Babycook Speedy beef, sweet potato and carrot stew purée for LittleT

Hello lovely people who are brave enough to read my blog,

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.
Béaba Babycook Speedy beef, sweet potato and carrot stew purée
My beloved babycook steaming away
 Once finished I first added the juices left in the Babycook after steaming the sweet potato and carrot to the beef, stirred and left for a little while, and then added the steamed sweet potato and carrot.

Béaba Babycook Speedy beef, sweet potato and carrot stew purée

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.

Béaba Babycook Speedy beef, sweet potato and carrot stew purée
After puréeing
Béaba Babycook Speedy beef, sweet potato and carrot stew purée
The final result, it may not look appetising to adult eyes but it really was delicious
Béaba Babycook Speedy beef, sweet potato and carrot stew purée
The proof: LittleT's empty bowl, she loved it!
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