Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Baby-Led Weaning

After starting my baby on her weaning foods, she kind of enjoyed eating.

I usually kept to 1 ingredient fruit or root vegetable puree, with baby cereal. When she was around 7+ months, she start to select food that she likes, and food that is not so "tasty", she would reject.

It was quite stressful for me then, and I was quite concerned to at least have her eat something other than milk (although nutrition comes mainly from milk for babies).

So I started to find ways and means to let her eat more, like put in more ingredients for puree and porridge, have her seated in her high chair during meal times, let her self-feed, put puree on teething rusks so she would eat. 

I guess her bad habits developed because MIL didn't have any set routine for baby during meal times. It was quite nerve wrecking to correct the bad habits because baby would just wail loudly or refuse to take food from the spoon.

That was also when I started to let her self-feed partially. I was surprised that she actually enjoys it!

I started partial baby-led weaning by using steamed fruit wedges, puffs and diced bananas rolled in baby cereal. It was easy and manageable!

An easy BLW tip: dice ripe bananas and roll them in baby cereal,
so that it won't be too slippery for your baby to grab.

Put the diced bananas on the high chair tray or suction plate.
I used a plate to contain the mess for easy clean-up.

We were happy to realise that her pincer grasp is quite good compared to her peers. So, never mind the mess, bring it on! Haha!

If you are interested to do partial baby-led weaning for your baby too, do take a look at this basic baby-led weaning post that I've written for Sharekool :)

Will be posting up more finger food recipes soon!

Monday, 13 October 2014

A Little Update

It has been quite a while since the last blog update!

Things were not easy, and sometimes I just wonder why would the genuine concern for our babies be misconstrued as something else. 

Anyway.. We are expecting some changes to our lives. Which probably is a good one for the baby.

Will then be considering some little baking project :)

In the meanwhile, I hope to be able to update about our partial baby-led weaning experience soon! If you would like to read about some basic baby-led weaning information that I have shared on Sharekool, click here!

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Easy Pancake for One

After the easy french toast for one, I am really glad to have found a pancake recipe for one!

Hubby commented that the pancakes are soft and yummy - he thought I bought these hahaha :)

I didn't have time to dust icing sugar for the Hello Kitty face though :p
And the mooncake - hubby was clearing our stash of mooncakes lol.

Pancake for One (Recipe Adapted from Love Swah)
Makes about 5 Pancakes 10cm each

- ¼ cup plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp caster sugar
- 1 tbsp oil
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 egg
- Maple Syrup / Jam

1. Sift dry ingredients into a jug and mix.

2. In a separate bowl (I just use a mug), whisk together the egg, milk and oil until combined.

3. Add the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until well combined.

4. Lightly grease a non-stick fry pan and heat to a medium temperature. Making this mixture in a jug will make it easier to portion out the batter – make this to your preferred size.

5. Cook until bubbles form on surface, flip and cook the other side until lightly browned. Serve either with a garnish of extra berries and drizzle of maple syrup.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

How to Start Baby Weaning

Following my Top 5 Weaning Products post, I am writing about baby weaning now!

Had been wanting to blog about this, but I just didn't have time. I might have forgotten most of the details and how I felt when I first see my baby eat food :( Reminds me that I should blog about her development each month. Hee hee.

Her first food: pumpkin puree

When to Start: This depends on individual baby's cue. Your baby should be able to sit up straight without help; head should not be wobbly anymore. He/she would also express interest in food while the adults eat.

I intended to start weaning when baby was around 5 months 2 weeks (in case she can't really swallow), because I believe in exclusive breastfeeding for first 6 months. However she fell ill that particular weekend, so I had to start only around 6 months. Thankfully she takes to food quite well!

How to Start: Most resources that I've read through encourage mothers to start weaning using baby cereal first. I can't remember why (hahaha when will my memory power ever return to me ;p), but I start giving baby pumpkin first.

I recently went for a weaning talk, and a doctor from the NUS recommended weaning by introducing food in this manner: baby cereal, vegetables, fruits. That is, start with bland food first.

This is because as baby start to learn to eat, we are training them more on their swallowing skill. Not so much as to "eat" and get nutrients from the food.

What Kind of Baby Cereal: I chose organic baby cereal, because I am trying to stay off those GMO stuff - well, we wouldn't really know what goes into the food these days right? As baby is still developing and is more vulnerable than older children and adults, I choose the safer kind of food - my personal choice :)

I also know of mothers who are not comfortable with commercial baby cereal, so they choose to dry and grind grains on their own. I think it's pretty cool, but I am kind of lazy to do that hee hee.

So far, I have fed baby with 3 kinds of baby cereal - Hipp White Rice Cereal, Happybellies Brown Rice Cereal and lately, Healthy Times Oatmeal Cereal.

To start, it is always better to choose a single grain cereal. I started with white rice cereal because it can be digested easily, compared to brown rice.

After 2 weeks of settling down with white rice, I introduced brown rice cereal to mix with the white rice cereal.

The First Time: You would need to choose a time of the day when baby is not fussy - that is neither tired nor hungry. I start feeding baby near to noon time, a while after her morning nap, and just before her next feed.

Some mothers would feed cereal in the evening. Again, I think it's up to your own comfort level :)

You wouldn't need to feed baby a lot for the first few times. If I remembered correctly, I mixed 3 small spoonfuls of baby cereal with enough milk to make it into a thin (watery) cereal mixture.

We also need to be mentally prepared that baby might not eat at all, or eat a lot for the first few times. As parents, it's good for us to always remain patient and relaxed during meals. It's ok for wastage because ultimately baby still depends on milk for his/her main nutrition.

Have a fun time planning and preparing for your baby's first food! It's really a joy to see our little babies start eating - a major milestone :)

Friday, 12 September 2014

Nyonya Curry

The hubby had been fascinated by his late grandma's nyonya curry for a long, long time. And I think he does miss the taste of the curry - probably reminds him of his grandma too..

We have tried to replicate the famous curry his grandma used to make, but we just can't manage to do it. We tried using curry pastes and curry powder from scratch, but it's just not the same!

So recently, we decided to try going to the dry market to get spices from the Indian store. Only to realise there is no Indian store there! Haha. Thankfully, we managed to find the nyonya curry paste pack that hubby's granduncle has been raving about!

And this is one recipe that we rely only on our "agaration" hahaha!

You do not need to put carrots in the curry.
The carrots were leftover from making my baby's porridge. Haha!

Nyonya Curry
- 1 whole chicken, chopped and trimmed off fats
- 3 to 5 potatoes, cut (amount depending on your preference)
- 1 twig of curry leaves, plucked
- 400g shallots
- 3 large cloves of garlic
- 100ml to 150ml of coconut milk (I used 200ml milk to get it more "diluted". If you want a thicker, richer stock, use about 100-150ml)
- 400ml water
- 1 pack of Mak Nyonya Curry Paste
- 3 to 6 pieces of chilli (optional)
- 1 stalk lemongrass, smashed (optional)
- 4 tbsp of oil (I used 2 tbsp)

1.  Clean the chicken pieces. Poke holes on the chicken pieces using a fork. Rub 1/4 of the curry paste on the chicken pieces. Leave it aside.

2.  Cut garlic and shallots into smaller pieces. The shallots and garlic should fill a small soup bowl (heaping). Place the shallots, garlic, chilli and lemongrass into your food processor to grind into a mixture.

3.  Heat up oil in a deep pot. Fry the remaining curry paste and the mixture in Step (2), together with the chicken pieces till aromatic. Add in curry leaves (before you add in, crush the leaves for aroma). Add in water and potatoes, bring to a boil.

4.  Cook till chicken and potatoes are tender, about 20 mins.

5.  Just before turning off the stove, add in coconut milk and stir. (Do add in the coconut milk slowly to the texture and taste that you desire.)

6.  Serve with warm, toasted baguette and/or rice.
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