Friday, March 9, 2018

Gordon Ramsay's Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb

This herb crusted lamb is a favourite of both hubby and I and it's a recipe I've been cooking very often. Even Adriel has it with us. I've tried it a couple of times with and without a couple ingredients so I'll list those I find optional in the recipe. 

I adopted the recipe from this site but I made adjustments according to our fancy as we went along. 

Adriel's portion! He sure is eating better lately! 

Anyway, this recipe feeds 2 - 3 depending on how much meat you'd fancy. I usually serve it with greens and fruits. The recipe takes about 40 minutes in all to prepare and I'd rate it a difficulty level 3 out of 5. 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Sweet Potato Parmesan Stacks (baby friendly)

A simple dish that Adriel likes. Works well in the oven.. can probably work in the air fryer too. Parmesan is usually salty so I omit the top layer when serving to Adriel. I'd give him the insides that has a little cheese. If you are not comfortable offering cheese, you can omit cheese from the recipe.

I'd rate it a difficulty level 2 out of 5 and it takes about 30 minutes to prepare this. 

Sweet Potato Parmesan Stacks (baby friendly) Recipe

2 sweet potatoes
Olive oil
Dried herbs like basil, oregano etc

Peel and slice sweet potato thinly. This gadget from Daiso works well! 

Add olive oil (1 tbsp or so), dried herbs of your choice and a couple tbsp of freshly shaved parmesan. Mix well.

Add more parmesan on top if you fancy. Bake in a preheated oven of 200 degrees Celsius for 15 to 20 mins or till tender.


Sweet Potato Mash (baby friendly)

A recipe so simple yet delicious. It takes only 2 ingredients and 15 mins (:

Sweet Potato Mash (baby friendly) Recipe
2 sweet potatoes
1 tbsp unsalted butter

Boil or steam sweet potato till tender. 

Mash sweet potato with a fork or use a ricer. 

Add butter and mix well.

Serve as a lump or pipe using a piping bag and tip. I used Wilton 1M. 


Friday, February 23, 2018

Pumpkin mantou (baby friendly)

I was exploring with food for Adriel and I did these pumpkin mantous for Adriel. They're pretty soft when steamed but they develop a harden skin after cooling down XD Nevertheless, they're still good. I'd peel off the skin before serving. 

These mantous can be frozen for up to 3 months and steamed to heat up prior to eating. 

This recipe can be done with a mixer or by elbow grease! XD 
It'd take about 2h in all to prepare these and I'd rate it a difficulty level 3 out of 5. 

Pumpkin mantou (baby friendly) Recipe
80g pumpkin
5.5g instant yeast
1/2 tsp sugar
75ml warm water
4 tbsp oil (I used olive oil)
250g cake flour


Peel and cut the pumpkin.

Steam on high heat till soft. I steamed it for about 10 mins.

Nice and soft. Drain off excess water, if any. 

Mash the pumpkin while it is hot. 

Add sugar to warm water. Add instant yeast. Stir well.

Set aside.

After 10 mins! 

Put all ingredients into mixer or in mixing bowl. Knead the dough till smooth and elastic.

Oil bowl before setting dough to rest. Cover bowl with a moist towel. Leave bowl in a warm place (like an unused oven) for an hour for dough to rise.

Nice and fluffy. The dough would have doubled in size. 

Shape accordingly. Use lots of cake flour where needed to prevent sticking. You can roll out a batch of dough, apply water on the surface of the dough and roll it like a Swiss roll. The water would help in sticking the dough together. Portion accordingly and place it on baking paper.

Steam for 15 to 20 mins depending on the size of the mantou.


Beef Bolognese (Baby friendly)

So I've embarked on Baby-led weaning for Adriel and I've been cooking a lot more though they have been really simple fares. Here's a really simple Beef Bolognese sauce that I've prepared, It freezes well for up to 3 months. I cooked it using my pressure cooker though it can definitely be cooked over the stove or even in the thermal cooker. 

It takes about 1 to 1.5 hours in all to complete this recipe and I'd rate it a difficulty level 2 out of 5. The tough part is actually the cubing of the vegetables (:

Beef Bolognese (baby friendly) Recipe

2 large tomatoes, cubed and seeds removed 
3 brinjals diced
4 stalks celery diced
4 carrots diced 
1 can whole tomatoes (Hunt's)
Collagen stock (homemade) or beef stock (readymade) 
600g minced beef 
Bay leaves
Assorted dried herbs like oregano, basil etc


Heat up pan(I used my pressure cooker to halve the cooking time) with olive oil.
Cook vegetables (excluding brinjal).
Remove vegetables from pan. 
In the same pan, add more oil and cook beef.
Add all vegetables (including brinjal) in with stock, herbs and canned tomato. 
Liquid should be sufficient to just cover ingredients. 
Cook for 1 hour on low heat (stirring occasionally) for regular pan. 
If using pressure cooker, cook for 30 mins and cook for another 10 mins after pressure release or so to dry up/thicken sauce.

Allow sauce to cool completely before freezing. I use this as a base for lasagna too! 
I freeze them flat in individual portions. I do not even thaw it XD 
I simply peel off the food storage bag and pop the entire frozen brick into the pot. 

DISCLAIMER: I did not salt the recipe so it's friendlier for Adriel. Please feel free to salt it according to your liking. 

Enjoy this delicious recipe!

Full of goodness!

Freezing in individual portions

When freezing, lay kitchen paper between each bag to prevent sticking of the bags. They tend to tear if they're stuck together. I also lay a sheet on the base of the freezer that's made of plastic. 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Baby-led Weaning with #Chubbycheekschu

When Adriel turned about 6 months old, it was time for him to be introduced to food. I chose baby led weaning for many reasons and we started when he turned 6 months old (corrected age). He was born about 3 weeks early. 

The beauty of baby led weaning enables a child to learn to chew before swallowing as opposed to traditional weaning of purees which teaches a child to swallow. It promotes exploration and encourages a child to eat till they are full. Sure it looks scary, fancy a 6 month old child biting chunks of food! SOLID FOOD! A child is encouraged to eat what the parents eat. Parents model eating habits for the baby. As such, it is also a good opportunity for parents to eat healthily. 

Gagging and choking are the scariest part of BLW. Adriel gagged a fair bit in the initial stages. It's been 2 weeks but he's not exactly eating yet. He nibbles, sucks and plays around with the texture of the food but does not consume much (yet!). 

With BLW, I aim to have him learn to be independent. I do not want him to be fed while watching programmes on an electronic gadget (sorry to parents who do!) or having to force feed him. As it is, feeding him milk showed the hubby and I how he hates to be forced. He even refused milk for a good period after we force fed him post op. The last thing I want is for him to be forced fed. 

This excited mama got a lot of stuff for our BLW journey! 

We started with breakfast on a Sunday morning. Steamed Japanese pumpkin, sweet potato and broccoli. 

Food for this introductory stage is generally cut into finger sized pieces, easy to grab and should be soft enough to be mashed when held between fingers. 

Our food vs his.

Food allergies can occur at any point of time. Even to something you have eaten for years. With that, I did not stick to the 1 food item 3 day rule. Of course, I observe and watch out for signs of sensitivity and allergy to food. 

This was our very first meal! He gagged. Gosh, were we frightened. Adriel did work it out though, he spat out the large chunk he took.. along with some milk XD But it was all good. 

Pretty messy affair!

That night, he figured out that he could get food! He got some cucumber (washed in hot water) while we had dinner at Putien.

I try to cook as healthily as possible. No processed food. No additional salt. No additional sugar. This lil' fella is a good supervisor! 

He likes bell peppers. This was stir fried pasta.

He had baby teethers!

The gagging for this was scary!

We had BLW lunch (I prepped from home) when we met my sis.

I had fun digging out all my lunchboxes to play!

As the days passed, he showed more interest in food. And had fun even though he didn't actually consume much. Here he is with wholemeal bread.


His favourite broccoli! 

And it shows! He would usually refused his meds and force feeding him meds was one of the most dreaded tasks of all. He snatched my syringe and attempted to feed himself meds! I am so proud of my lil' boy. 

Not everything tickles his fancy. Avocado were not really his thing.

He did enjoy beef a lot. LIKE A LOT. I grilled it till it was well done and he sucked on the juices. It was the longest I've seen him feed on a food item! 

Bananas, he likes them! 
Baked potatoes at Lenas!

Grillled veg! 

He just likes his beef.

Got this knife from Amazon to help texture some of his food so that it is easier for him to grip them!

Eating at Miam Miam, impressing his yeye and ah ma! 

He is on task most of the time.. but at times, he gets distracted! Like grabbing my chair..

We had fun at Swensens! 

He liked mashed potatoes! I dabbed some on his fingers and he licked them.

We made quite a mess! Of course, I clean up! 


He really liked his steamed chicken! 

I cannot wait till he actually starts eating XD though the exploratory stage can take a while. I'm just glad to be eating healthier cos of him. 

Here are some of his meals so far.

A couple of things to note when it comes to BLW.

Babies under the age of 1 SHOULD NOT be given honey due to the possibility of botulism.  There should be minimal salt & sugar. Otherwise, the concept is that they pretty much eat what we eat! 

Will update again! 

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