Those of you who have been paying attention will know that he's been eating some pretty tasty food ever since we got him started on solids (5 months), such as roast sweet potato with ginger, but this last trip inspired me to up the ante. We're still breastfeeding on demand (well not we) and are not planning to stop that anytime soon, but he's still eating solids three times a day, probably more soon. They say babies can only eat something that is about the size of their fist because that's all their tummies can hold. I think they gave Marty some other baby's fists! He can eat half a banana in one sitting and still be looking for more. Speaking of bananas (food of the devil as far as I'm concerned - they stink, they're slimy and they stain like some kind of toxic waste) our paediatrician also warned us of something else food related that we'd never heard but seems to be true, at least in our case. C.A.B.S. Carrot, apple, banana and squash (which seems to cover both pumpkin and zucchini here) are all foods that can block a baby up, or a least solidify their poop. Guess what we'd mostly been feeding him? No wonder he was doing mini adult poos - lucky for us he never blocked up entirely!
I dunno, do you think he wants it?
But anyhow, back to baby food making. In order to up the calories and drop back the CABS I made up a few fresh jars of food for the little tike. I usually make him 3 or 4 different things, store them in jars and we rotate them for 3 or 4 days before I make another batch. This week I made chicken stock mashed potato (simmer peeled/chopped spuds in chicken stock until soft and puree spuds with some stock and a little olive oil until creamy but not runny), asparagus and ham jelly (simmer asparagus until tender and blend with some ham stock/jelly that I had in the freezer from baking the Christmas ham) and since apple is still his favourite, poached apple with rasberry and rhubarb (hoping the others would help add some fibre etc). The end result was that Jo and I now want to eat Marty's food!
Chicken stock potato, asparagus with ham jelly and poached apple, raspberry and rhubarb. Four days of food; 20 minutes tops to make.
Next lot of food in the works - poached apple with prunes, poached pears and cardamom, more asparagus because it is really good and carrots poached in orange juice... He's also eating mashed peaches (delicious at the moment), mangos and avocado (his first food).