If your baby loves fish and chips but you’re feeling a bit guilty about feeding them deep fried food, this home-made healthy alternative is perfect.
Fish (based on baby food goddess Annabel Karmel’s recipe):
- 100g of white fish (cod, plaice, sea bream, sea bass)
- 4 tablespoons of flour
- 1-2 slices of bread
- 1 egg
- tablespoon of cheese
- tablespoon of fresh herbs (parsley, coriander or dill work well)
- 2 potatoes
- a drizzle of olive oil
Method (Preheat the oven to 200C):
1. Peel and slice your potatoes into chip shapes.
2. Bring to the boil in a pan and simmer for 5 minutes.
3. Drain well and turn them into a dish so they’re spread out. Pour over the olive oil and toss.
4. Bake in a pre-heated oven until golden for about 40 mins. Turn them half way.
5. With about 15 mins left to go, slice your fish into fingers (buy the fish without skin otherwise you’ll need to de-skin. Unless you’ve got white-skinned plaice which you can leave).
6. Sprinkle your flour on a plate.
7. Beat an egg in a bowl and line it up next to the flour.
8. Whizz your bread, cheese and herbs in a good processor and lay on a plate next in line.
9. Heat a small dollop of oil in a frying pan to a medium heat.
10. Pat your fish piece in the flour to lightly cover, dunk in the egg and then roll in the breadcrumbs before putting it in the frying pan. Repeat for all the fish.
11. Fry for about 3 minutes on each side…then serve with the chips.
My baby likes steamed broccoli or carrots with these but choose your favourite vege.
We all do our very best to keep our babies happy. But I was forced to draw the line and curtail one of my baby’s simple pleasures this winter; blueberries.
I was delighted last summer at all the fresh fruit that baby was devouring. Yes I’ll admit I was a little bit of a proud smug-o; how wonderful that she loved fruit so much, she’d never need any junk food. Well that soon came back to bite me on the butt.
Baby had a particular passion for blueberries. In fact it was borderline obsession. She’d gorge on up to a whole punnet a day. At the time, I didn’t even think of the price – it was only 99p so why would I begrudge a tiny baby so much happiness for less than I’d pay for a cup of tea.
Then, winter hit. And with it, the end of the British blueberry season. The punnet price slowly rose 10-20p a time to £3 and later peaking at £3.50 – for a tiny punnet! Me being a super whizz mathematician (pah to baby brain), worked out that if I fed her blueberry habit, it would cost in the region of £90 a month. Needless to say, we had to cut back. We then had to face the withdrawal – we were suddenly without our temper kryptonite as I no longer had a constant supply in a little pocket pot to create emergency distraction.
It took a bit of time, but we overcame the addiction. It may be a coincidence but her love of all fresh fruit started to subside with it.
But last week I was genuinely gleeful to discover that blueberries had plummeted in price to £1.50 a punnet. Blueberries arrived back on her tray and she casually nibbled on a few. Suddenly, she cried out for more. And more! Yep, she’s off the wagon and enjoying them more than ever. Strangely, all fruit has become more appealing to her again. And unfortunately for me, the content of the nappies have returned to a delightful stained blueberry colour. Still, at least I have my kryptonite back. I’m lucky to have it – would love to hear if you have one.