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There’s nothing like the smell and taste of campfire food. I love camping, and after a day of portaging a meal cooked over the campfire really hits the spot. But in the comfort of my own home, as I sit here, with the campfire smell wafting around me, saturating my clothing and furniture, I begin to wonder if I should rethink making my own baby food.

Rewind to about two hours ago. There I was going about my morning, drinking coffee and getting ready to make squash for little Niko. Have I ever bought squash before? No. I don’t think I’ve ever even cooked with one, but when the public health guide for making baby food recommends squash, I was motivated to buy squash.

People ask me: why are you making your own baby food? Which has got me thinking: why am I? I have come up with two solid answers: 1) This way I know exactly what he is eating. 2) The recipes are so simple: wash, cut, steam, blend, (add water if desired), and serve. It helps to build up my culinary confidence: at least that’s what I thought, up until this campfire squash incident. Let me just preface this by saying, there was no real fire (although maybe there could have been if more time would have passed…).

So there I was, dicing up a butternut squash – doing the best I could with it, seeing as I had never cut one up before – and feeling pretty good about myself for making Niko’s food from scratch. Once diced, I popped it in the steamer, added some water to the pot below and let the boiling water do its work. After a few minutes I realized it was not quite soft enough so timed it for a few more. Well, those minutes ticked on and I was in the other room with Niko when I smelled a distinct burning odor. Who knew you had to add so much water for steaming?! I’ve steamed a lot of veggies in my time and never run out of water, but this squash seemed to have absorbed some of it and boiled the rest away. By the time I got to the pot, the squash was smoking (black smoke!), and the base of my pot, which once held what I thought was enough water, was completely charred! Yikes. Anyway, once it had cooled down, I tasted the squash – not bad for a campfire, but I was cooking on my STOVE!

Now I just can’t bring myself to feed this version of the squash to Niko. His taste buds will have to wait for the pleasures that are squash until our next grocery day. And lesson learned: the more water you add for steaming the better, and the safer. Now I just have to decide: can I bring myself to eat this campfire version?


“Day to day nothing’s different, but five years later everything’s changed.”

I’m not sure where I picked up that quote, but its sentiments rang true for me this morning as I was getting excited about making sweet potatoes for Niko – peeling them, boiling them, blending them, freezing them, etc. Yes, that’s right, I wrote getting excited about making baby food. As I was cooking them up and listening to the radio, that song Home For a Rest came on, and then it donned on me: it’s St. Patty’s Day.

Not only is it St. Patty’s Day, but my bestie from uni, Jen, and her daughter Mya are coming to town today. She called a couple of days ago and because she’s on March Break, she decided to take a mommy-daughter roadie all the way to O-town. Seeing as Jen’s coming, it got me thinking about the many times that she and I have spent St. Patrick’s day together. My, how thing’s certainly have changed from us decking ourselves out completely in green, hitting the market (area of bars in downtown Ottawa) and guzzling green barley pops to our hearts’ content – not to mention her daring me to show my shamrock tattoo to just about everyone. This was all back in the pre-Borys days of course, so I guess it’s been a bit longer than the five years mentioned in the quote, but you get the idea.

Man, how thing’s have changed – from dancing leprechauns to excitement over pureed sweet potatoes. But despite the the change – the excitement is still there, and that’s a good thing, it’s just different.


The adventure down baby food road continues…

Yesterday we purchased a hand held mixer because I want to try making our own baby food. The recipes aren’t too difficult (boil/steam vegetables, blend, add water and serve – definitely within my range of capability), and something about cooking Niko’s food appeals to me.

We happened to have carrots on hand, so they became his first taste of “real” food (besides, rice, oat and barley mush). I was curious to see his reaction and caught some of it on video. Judging by the look on his face, carrots might be a taste he has yet to acquire!

Note: Pics 1) First Bite Innocence 2) Innocence Pending 3) Innocence Lost


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