Christmas Rocky Road

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An early Christmas present for you, my dear friends and readers ūüôā

Fancy a treat that looks and tastes wonderfully Christmassy – WITHOUT resorting to OD-ing on weird Christmas spices (cinnamon and cloves, I’m glaring at you)? AND literally just involves stirring and leaving?

I’d seen this in Nigella Lawson’s Christmas book (and show) ages ago and pooh-poohed the very idea as overly sweet and sickly.

I guess something about being a mum now, and one who can be relied on to turn to sweet things to prop me up on those days, that I finally thought that it was time to try the recipe for a recent family gathering we had at home. Ooh they went down a treat and turned out to be rather moreish.

The Amaretti adds a nutty lightness, which when combined with the Brazil nuts gives a lovely crunch that contrasts the sumptuous softness of the marshmallows – and a little cheeky zing of a glac√© cherry to perk it all¬†up a bit. Oh – AND IT’S SURROUNDED BY CHOCOLATE.

I took the liberty of modifying the recipe slightly to conform with the weight of the packets to be found in the shops.

Go nuts with your display as your decorate the finished piece, it’s a lot of fun and I look forward to making this with Adelyn next year!

EQUIPMENT:

A foil tray (Nigella suggests a¬†236mm x 296mm / 9¬ľ x 12 inches disposable type)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 100g milk chocolate
  • 150g butter
  • 4tbsp golden syrup
  • 150g¬†amaretti biscuits
  • 150g brazil nuts (shelled)
  • 150g red glac√© cherries, halved
  • 125g mini marshmallows
  • 1tbsp icing sugar, to dust
  1. Fit a bowl over a saucepan of water, bring water to the boil and then allow to simmer as you break up the chocolate into the bowl. Pop the butter and golden syrup into the chocolate and allow it to melt together gently, stirring every so often to help it along.
  2. Use a rolling pin and give the Amaretti biscuits a good bashing to break them up into bite sized pieces. Repeat with the Brazil Nuts. Try not to whack it too hard as you’ll probably break the bag and then have a mess…if you’re worried, put them into a bigger ziplock type bag and have at them. A good mix of chunks and rubble will do very nicely.
  3. In a nice big bowl, empty out the nuts and Amaretti, the glacé cherries and the mini-marshmallows, then lovingly coat it all in the melty chocolate.
  4. Tip it all into the foil tray, pushing into the edges and flatten it out as best as you can. It’ll look unsurprisingly “rocky”.
  5. Pop into the fridge for a couple of hours, until firm enough to cut into chunks.
  6. Tip it out and then cut into however many blocks as you like. I managed about 25 pieces.
  7. Display as you wish, might I suggested stacked on a cake stand, and dust the icing sugar through a sieve to give your Rocky Road an instantly White Christmas.

If you have any leftovers (or are needing to hide some away), they’ll keep nicely in the fridge for a week. You can also freeze them, just defrost them in the fridge overnight to eat them again.

 

The First Year of Motherhood: Expectation vs. Reality

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(Left: this time last year and 35 weeks pregnant, Right: Now, with the most serious Elf ever)

I read heaps of books when I was pregnant. I re-read them again in the months after Adelyn was born. I Googled things to prepare for what changes to expect. I remembered things from TV shows (for the record, Catastrophe has been pretty accurate in terms of tone). I had a vision¬†of how I’d spend Maternity Leave and as it draws to a close, I had a little look back at how that panned out…


EXPECTATION: A whole year to get down the gym to regain and then surpass my pre-pregnancy physique.

REALITY: have not stepped foot in a gym. Went to a swimming pool a bunch of times though but holding a baby in the water doesn’t really get the ol’ heart pumping.


EXPECTATION: Worrying about not being able to produce enough milk and stocking up on foodstuff to help with milk production.

REALITY: Surprisingly leaky. Had to read up on how to reduce milk production as I ended up having the opposite issue (which I had no idea could happen) where I had a little TOO much milk going on.


EXPECTATION: Whole days spent soaking up culture in the V&A/Natural History/Science Museum.

REALITY: The thought of trying to get Adelyn up London and then across it by Tube and walking around and carrying stuff and…do you see where I’m going with this? It’s logistically exhausting trying to plan it let alone execute on it. And what if she has a crabby day and doesn’t want to sit in her pram? Or won’t nap? Or won’t eat? Or won’t stop eating and I run out of food?


EXPECTATION: Chatting and Knitting with Yummy Mummy groups in local cafes and baby groups.

REALITY: Finding that my local playgroups were oddly cliquey amongst the mothers so only attend them occasionally. Spend a disproportionate amount of time trying to distract Adelyn to steer her clear of the snot-streaming babies.


EXPECTATION: Plenty of free time to travel the world and not have to rush to get back home because you’re on Maternity Leave for a whole year yay!

REALITY: The most f**king stressful experience I’ve had. Going away is not a holiday any more. It is an inconvenience and a chore and exactly the same routine as being at home only you have none of the comforts of being at home and a crabby, probably ill baby. And you’re paying for it!


EXPECTATION: Being too tired/baby-focused to get dressed/wash/brush hair.

REALITY: ¬†Even when trying to avoid touching or looking at my C-Section wound in the early weeks and not really knowing what time it was any more, I always maintained personal hygiene. The only thing that changed is my love of elasticated pants to the point that¬†my Mum expressed surprise that “oh wow you’re wearing actual bottoms for once”.


EXPECTATION: Being adamant that we would not become a household drowning in baby things.

REALITY: I have bubbles, wet wipes, a baby nail clipper, two sets of baby slippers, the baby Elf hat, a baby sock (just one) and a baby cardigan all within arms length from the computer chair.


EXPECTATION: That I’d have the time to pick up new crafting hobbies/finish old projects.

REALITY: There is a cross-stitch tapestry that I have had since before we even got married that is still sitting next to the sofa in it’s bag, untouched since I was pregnant. I have not picked up a crochet or knitting needle since the birth because solid pointy things are not baby-friendly and also because when I do get time to myself, I’m generally dozing. Or writing things like this when I should probably actually be sleeping.


EXPECTATION: That I’d quite like being a Mum.

REALITY: I F**KING LOVE IT ūüôā

Kx

ÔĽŅMental Preparation for Becoming A Working Mum

Experiencing mixed feelings about my impending return to the workforce, having taken the full year off to spend with our daughter…

Intrigue surrounding how I’ll find stepping back into a¬†fast-paced world of commuting and out of the Baby Bubble (even though I love being in it).

A cold, dark pit in my stomach at the thought of missing out being witness to her new discoveries.

Excitement to be able to be part of something “grown-up”¬†and then immediate guilt for having to focus on anything other than my baby girl.

I had read somewhere once that if you’re 80% sure that you think you might like to go back to work, to just go for it as there’s never right time to return. Just like there’s never a right time to have a baby in the first place. It happens; you make it work.

Just like I buy nice gym clothes to lure me into working out, I’m beginning to amass pretty stationary so that I am even more incentivised to work just so I can make use of them.

Consider – “Why Are You Doing This?”

As a woman and a mother, I want to be a strong, female role model for my daughter and to me, that means being the best version of myself for my family. I’m confident in myself as a Mother, now to regain my confidence as an individual.

Right now, I have the chance to have “Me” time back and to develop myself personally (my company are super big on this). Also y’know, money to buy her ridiculously fabulous outfits and chic toys.

Whatever your reasons, let it be for the greater good of your family.

BE RATIONAL

I’ve found listing out my fears and then telling myself to Be Rational has helped me to stay focused. It’s something that we practiced in the Natal Hypnotherapy classes to dispel any Birthing fears the group had.

If you’re thinking about going back to work, I hope that this exercise will help you too.

Here are some of mine:

I don’t want someone else raising her

There’s an amazing bond, especially between mother and child, this won’t be misplaced just because you have someone else take care of them. If anything, you’ll be giving your little one an opportunity to become more independent and think about it – parents don’t see sending their kids to school everyday as “someone else raising them”.

I’m having to very carefully consider the childcare options at the moment as this will influence her development, but ultimately we as parents will be the ones responsible for raising her with solid values.

Worried I’ll be tired all of the time

Well, you’ve probably just spent the best part of a year (and more actually if you count the insomnia and discomfort of the 3rd Trimester) having subpar sleep so if anything, you might be better rested by dozing on your commute haha.

Housework?! Cooking?! How? When? HOW???

I’ve been told by many people that having a cleaner is a worthwhile expense for a busy family – if this is something that you can budget for then why the heck not.

Otherwise, it’s down to sharing the housework with your partner. Ask for help. But also reset your expectations – the place doesn’t need to be sterile but it does need to be safe for the family.

When it comes to getting food on the table after a day at work – this is one of my husband’s biggest fears. I think we’ll try a combination of bulk cooking at the weekends combined with leaning heavily on Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals…

I don’t want to miss out on anything

This one I’m struggling with. It’s the sacrifice that a working parent has to make as part of being away from your child. If you have a good person looking after your little one though, they should be keeping you in the loop (though maybe have your phone on silent).

I’m fortunate enough to be part of a supportive company who are allowing me to have time to work from home and condensing my week as I make the transition to being a Working Mum – so thankfully I’m not in a cold turkey position! I’m fairly sure the separation is usually harder on the Mum than the Child at this age…

And I must remember that the time you get to spend with your family should be time you spend with your family – not with your focus half on your emails/the TV etc.

So whilst you might not be around your little one as much as before Рthe very least you can offer is your undivided attention when you are off duty.

Closing Thoughts 

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We finally got around to hanging some photos on the walls, I wanted to put these in a prominent place in our home as a reminder to my husband and I of the whole reason why we make any decisions in life.

Please share your experience in the comments – sharing is caring! Kx

Book Review: I Can Do It Myself by Stephen Krensky

In case you’re looking for gifting ideas for the very little ones in your life… ūüôā

I’ve been reading to Adelyn since she was 6 weeks old – OK she was usually drunk on milk and a bit glazed over – but I think this has really helped to foster her love of books at almost 11 months old now.

Personally, I’m a massive fan of children’s book illustrations and this would be one of my dream vocations in life – to be able to create images that capture the imagination of a child and stay with them for a lifetime. I still remember the¬†favourite books of my childhood, not necessarily by their story but by the colours and feelings that the pages conjured.

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This is one such book that I think will stay with Adelyn for years to come.

Illustrator Sara Gillingham kept the colour palette bold and simple, with a nostalgic 70s retro feel. I chose this book for Adelyn specifically because it’ll hopefully encourage her to be independent and to try things for herself – and also as a positive role model as the little girl in the book is also recognisably big-eyed and black haired!

The board book is 12 pages long, with simple rhyming text that I imagine will be fun for Adelyn to read when she gets to that kind of age.

For now, she loves turning the pages by herself and finding the little yellow chick.

There’s a whole series of these Empowerment books by Krensky and illustrated by Gillingham, which I hope to add to our library.

Autumnal Apple & Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa

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A few weeks into Adelyn’s weaning, I got bored of making Baby Rice + fruit puree, Baby Porridge + fruit puree, or sometimes just – wait for it – fruit puree.

Breakfast has become far less of a chore now that she’s happily into textures and can pretty much eat what we’re eating and vice versa. This happens to be a recipe that is actually intended for babies but also makes for a delicious and virtuous addition to one’s porridge (I’ll share my Power Porridge recipe another time).

Here you have the tangy sweetness of the apple, the soft¬†nuttiness of the quinoa, and don’t you just love the vividly purple colour that the blueberries lend it? Babies are almost always captivated by strong colours, so if your little one is anything like mine and needs to something to keep their attention to sit still and eat – you could be on to a winner with this one.

You can rest assured that Quinoa is good for baby (and you!) as it’s low-allergenic, high in protein (so all very vegan friendly too), and is a great source of fibre and those good carbohydrates that your little one needs to fuel their growth and relentless energy.

The addition of chia seeds also helps to up the protein and fibre content, as well as good ol’ Omega-3s – SO important for healthy brain development amongst other things.

Looks pretty, tastes good, and the whole family can enjoy – what are you waiting for?!

Portions:  this should yield about 4 baby portions

Ingredients:

50g white quinoa, rinsed and drained (just as a precaution to rinse off any bitterness)

250ml water

Generous handful of blueberries, washed

2-3 eating apples (I favour Royal Gala), peeled and diced

1 tbsp chia seeds

  • Pop the rinsed quinoa into a small saucepan and cover with the water. Bring to a boil and then allow to simmer uncovered over a low-to-medium heat for 10 minutes. By this time it should be well on it’s way to absorbing the liquid.
  • Add the apples, give it a good stir and cook away for another 5 minutes.
  • Add the blueberries and the chia seeds, mix well and cook for a final 5 minutes. I add the berries and chia seeds at the end as I don’t want to cook the goodness out of them!
  • By this time,¬†the liquid should be absorbed and the berries will have begun to release their colour. If you’re serving this for a weaning baby, a good blitz to puree it all together will do nicely. If your baby is old enough to handle lumps, a little mushing with a fork or a masher will give you the consistency as in the photo above.

Storage Note: this freezes really well, just allow to defrost before reheating.

Tips: also goes nicely with a dollop of Greek yogurt. It’s also lovely to eat slightly chilled, say in the summertime or if your baby is that hungry and can’t wait for it to be heated up (this has totally happened several times). I’ve also been known to substitute the apples for pears.

Family Friendly Outings: Greenwich Park & Market

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Having celebrated Thanksgiving with my office last Thursday and with the logistical nightmare¬†of Going Back To Work looming ahead – I’ve spent the weekend contemplating just how precious time has become and easy it is to take things for granted.

Going out for some fresh air with our little family, being astonished by just how stunning the tree colours are and the pure joy of a frolicking pug on the loose really helped me to remember to take joy in the little things.

I’m thankful for my beautiful family (both the one that we created and the one that created me), being able to put (delectable) food on the table and having a quirky, creaky home to fill with said family and food.

Anyway! About the day out in Greenwich:

The Park

Greenwich Park was one of our favourite places to take our dog for a walk when we lived nearby. Plenty of space to roam around, a great view of the Shard and Canary Wharf on the horizon, the Observatory, tennis courts if you’re that way inclined and a playground – something for everyone.

There’s plenty of car parking spaces through the gates; it’s not the cheapest parking around but it sure is convenient. If you’re caught without coins, the machines take card also.

You might also be glad to know that there are clean facilities on site, near to the park gates at the top. They can be quite nippy inside though!

The Food

But after all of that walking comes the eating; there are a few places to eat within Greenwich Park itself but our go-to place is Greenwich Market’s food stalls.

They’ve recently redone the roof for the covered market, and it’s looking particularly festive and bright for this time of year.

For once, we agreed to share food so as to maximise our tastes of the meals!

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(Clockwise from top left) Roast Pork Banh Mi, Churros, Cuban Sandwich.

I’m a big fan of Vietnamese food, mostly because it’s the only Asian cuisine that I’ve not tried my hand at before so I enjoy the novelty of having it. So we had to have a Banh Mi to start with – no mean feat with a hungry baby in the pram and an incredibly excitable pug in tow.

Our solution when we’re out as a family is to stand on Coco’s leash, whilst one of us feeds Adelyn and the other scarpers down their portion!

Next was the Cuban Sandwich – I have been curious about this since watching Chef ¬†–¬†where I got to enjoy a bit of showmanship as the fella took a blowtorch to the cheese and it LIT UP. I did not know that cheese could catch on fire. Anyway – the bread was nice and crisp after a turn in the panini toaster and filling gloriously juicy inside- finger-lickingly messy to eat but hey I’m a mum so wet wipes and tissues are never far away.

KS then wandered off, tantalised by the Pizza Pocket (not the US snack, eww), so I went for Churros. But not just a Churros – a churros filled with dulce de leche or chocolate. OR BOTH. It’s not cheap though at ¬£2.50 a stick but eh it’s vegan and you’re helping out an independent food purveyor so why not!

Yeah, we really needed the walk back through the park afterwards.

Family Friendly Outings: Afternoon Tea at Sketch, London

The women in our family love a good Afternoon Tea. The whole aesthetic of being in a beautiful environment, dressed elegantly and nibbling at dainty food – it’s become something of a celebratory tradition and one that I fully intend to carry forward with my own daughter.

The first time I felt Adelyn kick, whilst I was 5 months pregnant, was during Afternoon Tea with my aunts, Grandma and Mum – and after our experience at Sketch, I’m pretty sure she’ll happily join me in future.

(Also just want to clarify that this isn’t a sponsored post!)

The Gallery

Environment – stunning from the moment we walked in to the building. I don’t want to spoil anything, should you be about to head there, but yes it was suitably festive given the seasonal theme of “The Night Before Christmas”.

We loved sitting in the Gallery; muted pinks and copper/rose gold metallics – like something straight out of a Wes Anderson film.

There are a number of stairs to go down into the area where the Glade and the Gallery are situated. I had Adelyn in the carrier though so this wasn’t an issue, but I believe there is a lift somewhere (please reach out if you know)

Facilities – fold-down changing table available in the disabled loo, kept immaculately clean. Should you need to change your little one you may need to let one of the team know as it’s a little hidden away.

High Chair – A sturdy wooden number, with a table attached and a harness belt. We let them know in advance that we were bringing a baby, so they had the high chair set up for us already.

The Food¬†– definitely on the pricier end of the London Afternoon Tea spectrum at ¬£50 a head, ¬£66 if you’re pushing the boat out to have the Ros√© Champers with your Tea.

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Top to Bottom: Cheesecake & Marshmallows; Walnut Tart, Gateau and Praline Choux; Finger Sandwiches

The Christmas theme wasn’t overtly apparent in the spread, no turkey or mince pies here, but there are quirky glimmers of festiveness in your surroundings. Perhaps a nod to it in the light and zingy Mandarin & Cinnamon Cheesecake and the Christmas Chai.

The Tea selection is modest but has enough range from Jing to keep things interesting.

We really enjoyed the finger sandwiches, generously filled and not just slapped between boring bread. I gave Adelyn her first taste of Croque Monsieur (wanted seconds) and Coronation Chicken (spat out).

The fruit scones were springy and not too dry. Perhaps a little shy on the clotted cream – loved the fig jam.

The Petits Gateaux (of which there are five) were sumptuous but proportioned so as to not be overwhelmingly rich, thankfully.

You get a choice between a cheeky slice of fruit or chocolate Battenberg cake to round off your Tea too – you definitely won’t leave hungry.

Overall

I went in expecting Sketch to be a place to be seen in and therefore perhaps pretentious – but my mum and I were delighted as we found that it was a very welcoming and family-friendly place. Adelyn was the youngest, but we saw other children sitting down for Tea too so we didn’t feel out of place.

The team were so accommodating and cooed over Adelyn. To top it off, she received a lovely surprise and was given her very own Sketch teddy bear – a lovely souvenir from her first Afternoon Tea.

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Right before she face-planted (kissed) her new teddy

The only let down for the afternoon was the staff member who was on the cloakroom – I asked her if she could help us take a nice photo by the display there and she just said “No I don’t do that” and turned away – which was astonishingly rude given that there were no other patrons around. A shame that we ended our visit on that note!

Otherwise we thoroughly enjoyed our visit and hope to return again someday, perhaps with a selfie stick in tow…

 

Courgette, Spinach & Cheese Muffins

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I’m a big fan of finger foods, especially ones that are quick to make and packed full of nutrition – courgette, carrots and spinach with the added hit of cheese for that moreishness…oooh these’ll be a hit in your¬†household¬†too if my family are anything to go by!

Adelyn literally bounces and makes strained squealing sounds when she sees me coming with these. Just like her Papa.

Remember – babies under 1 years old shouldn’t have salt added to their food as their kidneys aren’t mature enough to process it efficiently so there’s no need to season this. The cheese contains enough savoury¬†flavour to satisfy even an adult’s palate.

INGREDIENTS

225g self-raising flour

1tsp baking powder

1 carrot – peeled and grated

1 small courgette – washed and grated

80g mature cheddar, grated

2 handfuls of spinach, chopped

1 egg, beaten

45g unsalted butter, melted

120ml milk

  • Preheat your oven to 180C (fan) and lightly grease a muffin tray with butter or oil. You can use muffin cases if you like.
  • Pop your dry ingredients into a big bowl – so your flour, baking powder, cheese, carrot, courgette and spinach – and mix together.
  • Then add your wet ingredients one at a time, mixing after each addition – so the¬†egg, butter and then the milk. You should have a thick and pleasingly colourful batter.
  • Pop a generous tablespoon of the mixture into your prepared muffin tray – you should have enough for 12.
  • Bake for 20-25mins, until golden brown on top and your chosen poking testing implement comes out clean (toothpick, uncooked spaghetti, actual poker tester thing etc.)
  • Leave them to cool slightly, if you can bear the wait.

FREEZING TIP: These freeze well in an airtight container or baggy. You can warm them up in the oven from frozen for 15mins (or leave to defrost) to enjoy all over again.

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Adelyn using two hands to devour hers – a sign of enjoyment!

Family Friendly Outings – Pizza East, Shoreditch

Prosciutto cotto, girolle, tomato and thyme pizza

Bear with me whilst I get my Family Friendly Outing review style down Рas an avid (read: greedy) food-lover I often barely remember to take any photographic aide-memoirs on a good day.
On this outing I was so focussed on feeding Adelyn/myself, and of course enjoying the company of our friends, that I completely forgot to take enough photos to help illustrate the intent of this category – namely to help give you ideas for where to head out to with the family!

When we first had Adelyn, one of the things that I started to miss pretty early on was enjoying the luxury of eating out.

Dining out with a little one in tow CAN be fun, but only if you feel relaxed – this is greatly helped along if the eaterie is accommodating towards the needs of a family.

Hopefully this will help!

Environment: tables are nicely spaced out and there is plenty of room to keep your pram table-side if you so wish. There are steps to get into the restaurant though, but if you let the team know in advance – when you arrive the team will help you use the access lift that’s located in the Tea Building. Lovely and warm, what with the oven-fires going behind the counter¬†– perfect on a chilly day like today.

Menu: Good variety of Anti-Pasti, Pizzas, Meat dishes and Salads.

Portions are quite generous and the menu¬†has a decent variety without being overwhelming. A Children’s Menu is also available.

Great pizza, cooked in their wood-ovens. Familiar favourites (see my pizza above) as well as a variety of toppings for the more adventurous (e.g. Black truffle & cream, prawns & nduja).

Facilities: Changing facilities are located in the Disabled Toilet Рeasily accessible from the restaurant level*.

High Chairs: Available. Wooden ones (needed padding out, I used my scarf)

Overall:¬†Industrial interiors never seem particularly inviting if you have little ones running around, but judging from the amount of families sitting around our table and our experience – I would say that in this case, there’s no need to worry.

We thoroughly enjoyed the food, buzzing atmosphere and the friendly service from the team there. Feel more like your still-young, trendy-selves and treat the family to a meal out in Shoreditch!

*Many thanks to Steph from Pizza East who messaged me upon seeing this post to let me know ūüôā

Baby Weaning Recipe: Salmon Fish Pie

If you’re looking for a delicious way to introduce your baby to fish, look no further than this creamy and comforting dish!

Fish is a great source of protein and Omega-3s (essential for brain development amongst other things). Buy the best salmon you can afford – be conscious that too much fish could be a bad thing due to things like mercury levels etc.

Giving your little one fish twice a week is the perfect amount to reap the benefits.

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Inspired by the Truuuly Scrumptious Book of Organic Purees

Ingredients:

For the sauce

1 fillet of salmon (approx. 155g)

360ml whole milk

30g unsalted butter

30g plain flour

4 broccoli florets

2 tbsp of tinned sweetcorn (pref the low salt ones)

For the mash

55g mature cheddar cheese, grated

300g potatoes, peeled and diced

20g butter

40ml whole milk (or enough to make your mash smooth)

  • Pop the fillet into a pan and cover with the milk, bringing it to a boil. (I took the skin off of the fillet first but you can also do this after it’s cooked). Reduce the heat to a simmer and allow to cook for 10-15mins till it’s cooked through and flakes easily.
  • Use a slotted spoon or what-have-you to take the cooked salmon out of the pan and reserve the milk – you’ll need it for the cheesey sauce!
  • Once the salmon has cooled to the touch, make it baby-friendly and remove the skin and flake into small pieces, remove any bones.
  • Make the mash – add your potatoes to a pan and heat up to boiling. Reduce to simmer ¬†and cook for 15-20mins till they’re soft and mashable. Add the broccoli for the final 10-15mins. Once cooked, drain the water and scoop out the broccoli so that you can mash the potatoes with the butter and milk.
  • Whilst the potatoes are cooking though, you can get on with the important cheese sauce. Melt the butter in a pan (I used a non-stick saucepan) on a low heat. Gradually add the flour to combine – it’ll start to bubble – and just leave to cook on this low heat for a couple of minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and gradually add the reserved milk – stir constantly please as you’ll want this smooth.
  • Return the pan to the heat and slowly bring it back up to boiling – continue stirring throughout as the sauce will quickly thicken. Once it’s the consistency of thick custard, take off the heat again and stir in¬†the grated cheese.
  • Chop up the broccoli and sweetcorn into little bits, then add to the cheese sauce along with the salmon.
  • You can either add the mash and stir in, or blend the whole lot together (the above photo was stirred in).
  • Serve up one portion and chill/freeze the rest.

Hopefully your little one will enjoy this as much as we did!