The wonderful world of weaning – homemade food

I LOVE making baby food – there I said it! I might be sad, I might be boring but there is something so satisfying and rewarding about a baby eating and enjoying food you have made yourself. I used to make up all sorts of recipes and C ate some amazing things and really surprised people by enjoying everything I offered him, he still eats a really varied healthy diet. I am proud that I was able to make my own food for him to enjoy!

As its about 21mths since I last entered ‘The Wonderful World of Weaning’ I felt a bit unsure as to whether I could remember what babies can have and when. As I really get stuck into weaning LissyLou I feel like I need some reminders of what to do.

So I was really pleased that the lovely Annabel Karmel has sent me her New Complete Baby & Toddler Meal Planner  to read and review.

The blurb:

The number 1 bestseller totally revised with new recipes and lots of colour photography.

Since it was first published in 1991, this essential guide to feeding babies and young children has become established as a classic. Word of mouth recommendation – plus clean plates from the babies themselves – have ensured that the book has remained the number one bestseller for over a decade. With The New Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner in your kitchen, your child is guaranteed the very best nutritious start in life.

  • Completely revised and updated edition, endorsed by Great Ormond Street Hospital covers the entire weaning to nursery school period.
  • Nutritional advice on how to give your baby the best start in life.
  • Detailed advice on when to introduce new tastes and textures.
  • Over 200 quick and easy mouth-watering recipes to suit babies, toddlers and the whole family.
  • Time-saving tips and reassuring menu charts to help you shop and plan ahead.
What I thought:   I sat down with a big cup of tea to get to know this book. I had read one of Annabel’s books when I was weaning C and found it to be easy to read and offer some great recipes for making your own food. Now the new edition of  New Complete Baby & Toddler Meal Planner features great photos alongside the recipes, it makes it a lot easier to read and of course more interesting

The baby purees are really interesting, yes she talks about your basics like carrot, apple and banana but you’ll also find Leek, Sweet Potato and Pea and something I didn’t know babies could have Dried Apricot, Peach or Prune.

Alongside the recipes you will feed meal planners that help you know how much you should be feeding your baby and when, so for example, week one you start with all milk apart from lunch, week two you have breakfast, lunch and milk and week and increase from there. It was useful to know that you can work up to three meals pretty quickly!

The book really comes into its own from the 2nd stage of weaning as you introduce meats, fish or even tofu! There are some great recipes to try.

The book goes all the way through to food for toddlers, featuring delicious sounding recipes I must try with C like Shredded Beef with Broccoli and Annabel’s Tasty Beefburgers. Hmmm might have to give those a whirl…

Right the way through there are the meal planners so if you need ideas of how much to feed your little one you’ll find it right through to toddlerhood.

This book is great for those who have never weaned a baby before or like me have forgotten what they can have and when. I won’t be following the puree recipes myself as I prefer to come up with my own concoctions based on what I find at the supermarket or green grocers. I just mix flavours together until it looks and tastes good. But if in doubt chances are you will find a suitable puree in her book. It has given me some interesting things to make for C though and he has been very interested in seeing what looks tasty.

Good book, available on line via Annabel’s website or in large book retailers or at

Testing my patience

C is really testing my patience today!

First he decided to tip the potty up, spreading the contents across the lounge floor (both types) SIGH, so he had to go to his room whilst I cleaned up. I told him he would have to stay there until mummy calmed down. He said “calm down mummy” grrrrrrr

Then he asked for a drink, I went a dutifully made him one, to come back into the hall and find him “drawing a lovely picture for you mummy” on my wall paper, in PEN and it won’t come off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Boy am I ready for R to come home tonight, and I need a large glass of wine!


I was inspired by this post over at The Wonderful Adventures of Spud & Spike! Reading about how Lauren met her hubby reminded me about our journey to where we are today……..

I met R when I was 6, well I say I met him, we think we went to the same Judo class, all the evidence leads to the fact that we did, but we don’t remember each other from then. In reality we met when we were 15, at school, I don’t remember exactly when, or where but I do remember this…

R sat behind me in maths class, he used to steal my things, he would tease me and the boy sat next to him would pull my hair clip out, I think I loved R just a teeny tiny bit back then….

He was slightly more than an acquaintance really, I don’t think he even knew I existed other than to take my stuff in that class, he was a ladies man, one of the cool kids, I was a shy girl on the outskirts of the ‘in crowd’ looking in. We were in different worlds.

We met again after we had both left school, one night in a night club. How I ended up going out with him I will never know! We went for a curry after leaving the club, he kept burning his arm on the radiator, and throwing curry all over himself, but he made me laugh and he cheered me up, I must have been a little bit mad!

Fast forward a couple of years, we bought our first house, got a cat and really started our life together.

We got engaged at Disneyland Paris, he proposed to me in front of the Princess Castle, I couldn’t quite believe it. We had a long engagement, we weren’t in a rush to get married. Life was good, we grew up, we changed, one thing didn’t, we love each other. We sometimes row, we sometimes shout, he drives me CRAZY, he is a pain but we never ever go to sleep on a row and we think that arguing over the small things means we never have anything big to row about. Might not work for everyone, but it works for us!

Florida is a special place for us, R has been on holiday there about 11 times, I have only ever been with him… We got married there in 2006, we were incredibly lucky that 10 of our family and friends made it their holiday and came with us. It was the most fantastic day of my life!

So here we are, two children and more than 11yrs since we started going out (and who knows how long since we first met!), who would have thought it! He is my best friend, we are very silly together, we have shared so much and now we share two beautiful children, the most lasting bond of them all. And so the journey continues…..