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As the days, and weeks and months of motherhood whip by, my confidence in parenting continues to gain momentum: from being a complete rookie, to successfully (kudos to me and Borys) raising an (almost) 10 month old. One, among many, major factors in parenting is feeding. First it’s: Will I breastfeed or formula feed? Then it’s: Will I make my own baby food or buy store bought? And I suppose food related questions will continue to persist from here on in. I mean there’s always things to learn and people willing to lend their two cents of advice.

One thing I’ve noticed (and enjoyed) over the past few months is that feeding time has gotten progressively less messy: that was until today. I mean I used to deal with slippery hands and a messy floor on a daily basis, especially when Niko first started eating solids. One of his favourite tricks used to be getting a handful of cereal and then itching his face with his palm, all the while rubbing the mess onto his face, neck hair, you name it.

Tonite I saw the ghosts of feeding past come back to life. Niko made a huge mess with his dinner! If there was a running commentary for dinner time it could have gone something like this: “Hello cereal face mask. And oh, how I missed you cereal hair gel. And why not throw all my utensils and my bowl on the floor as well? I mean let’s just make a huge production of it!” But why not, really? I guess we’re all entitiled to periods of regression, and Niko’s no exception. Although, I have to admit, there is something alluring and perhaps even liberating about getting a handful of cereal and doing what you want with it. So in that light: Go Niko Go! But let’s just do it when it’s Daddy’s watch, next time.

Note: Niko’s hairstyle below, is 100% courtesy of the styling aids of baby cereal and his own hands. Contact me, if you’d like an appointment.


Who knew that making your own baby food could be filled with so many emotional hills and valleys? I mean I get excited about making the food, and trying the new recipes (hills), then I try them and they often don’t turn out as planned (valleys): lumpy carrots, too much pepper… But to be fair, the recipe called for it. Yes, the baby food recipe called for a teaspoon of pepper! (How was I to know that pepper mill pepper is more potent than the already crushed kind? Anyway, the dish was way too spicy, even for me. So what did I do? Repeat the recipe (hill) sans pepper and blend the whole shebang together: pepper-version with non-pepper-version, only to find that it was still too spicy (valley). Then after three days of a giant pot of green and too peppery slop sitting in my fridge I finally chucked it (valley).

Niko’s supposed to be eating meat and alternatives. So I found an interesting baby recipe for sole (hill), but when he tried it he developed a rash, twice (valley). Yesterday I resorted to store bought baby food (hill/valley – I’m not sure where to classify that one). I was worried he wasn’t getting enough  meat and alternatives; so I stocked up on Heinz Chicken and Rice, etc. And when he tried it? He shrieked like I have never heard before, and not in a good way (valley). I forced a second taste on him and again shrieking! (And again, valley). After the shrieking I tried it too, and I had to agree: blech! But how am I supposed to get him to eat  meat and alternatives if he doesn’t like the store bought kind (although we only tried one so far), won’t eat egg yolks, is showing signs of allergy for sole, and blah blah blah (valley).

Then today, I had renewed confidence (hill). I tried another baby food experiment (hill): Chicken with Apple and Sweet Potato. Sounds good right (hill)? I tried it, and it tasted good (hill). But when his highness tasted it at lunch, he ended up gagging (valley). Somehow I need to get him to eat meat… Niko doesn’t know it yet, but he will be revisiting Chicken, Apple and Sweet Potato for supper tonight (hill/valley?), but he’s going to try it on an emptier stomach: pre-cereal, pre-fruit. Fingers crossed that round two goes better than the first one!


Yesterday I headed to the grocery store, armed with a list and a mindset to buy the particular ingredients needed to create some new flavours for my Little Man. The world of internet blogging has introduced me to a site called Carrots are Orange where you can basically find a different baby food recipe each day. This lovely blogger (creator of Carrots are Orange) has a knack for kitchen creativity and I, or should I say Baby Niko, is reaping the benefits.

Luckily for Niko, I’m expanding and improving my culinary skill set since the Campfire Squash incident. Yes, I’ve stepped up my domestic game a notch and my repertoire now includes: skinning tomatoes (easier than it sounds), poaching sole (although my poaching technique is questionable) and thus creating “Sole” Mate Puree, all in the name of making baby food for my Little Man. Now wouldn’t Borys like it if I put so much effort into making adult food for my Big Man. Actually to be fair, here’s a conversation that transpired the other day:

Borys: I’ve noticed you’ve been cooking more lately. I like it!

Me (with an air of contentment and pride): Yah, I guess I have been cooking a lot.

Borys: Whoa there. I didn’t say “a lot”, just “more” than before. But I still like it.

Me (somewhat dejected): Oh…

B and Me: har har har 🙂

Yes I’ll admit it, for quite some time PC frozen lasagnas and countless other PC varieties made daily appearances at Chez Alli & Borys. But now, and maybe in part due to the years (yes, years!) of eating them, those frozen entrees just don’t have the same appeal. Thank goodness…

So today I will continue on my baby making, nix that, on my baby food making adventure. And what lies ahead, you may wonder: Chicken Pot Pie and an Avocodo, Banana, Blueberry puree (ingredients, at least at this stage in the game, I would never have dreamed of combining!) So, thank you Marnie, from Carrots are Orange – Niko’s taste buds are happy and all the while I’m honing my cooking skills.


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