At this stage, you should start trying to eliminate the purees and blends entirely, unless of course, your child has had previous problems with either chewing, swallowing or digestion. You know your child better than anyone, so just because others are now giving whole foods, doesn’t mean you must – remember it is something to work towards. Big Quack did nothing but choke on everything you gave him but it didn’t mean we gave up, we just took everything slower… and watched him like a hawk at every mealtime!
Who’s afraid of the big bad shark?Big Quack was obsessed with sharks and 12 years on Baby Moo also loves this 🙂Ssssssssneaky ssssssssnakeThis is always a hit at our childrens parties. Who doesn’t love a cucumber snake?Creeping caterpillar across your plateThese can be made as a small portion for one or just add lots more sandwiches for a party – totally versatile and looks totally awesomeOink Oink sandwichesThese are probably the easiest and most effective. They’re also great fun to create with the kids once you’ve invested in some circular cookie cuttersFool-proof pancake recipeGrab a large bowl and put in the flour, eggs, milk, 1 tablespoon of oil and a pinch of salt then give it a good whisk until no lumps remain.
Heat a little oil in a suitable sized pan over a medium heat – you want the oil hot hot HOT before you add the mixture. Starter: Smoked cheddar & pancettaYou can make these in advance as they are a cold starter which is handy 🙂
Using the pancake recipe above this will be your blini batter. The pancakes want to be no more than 5cm round and roughly 5 per person. Set them aside ready to load up with their blini toppings (details below)
**gauge when they’re ready by when they are golden as opposed to 1 minute each side**Starter: Beetroot, cream cheese and cressPlace the cream cheese, the cooked beetroot and the pinch of salt into the food processor and blitz to a smooth paste.
Dollop a heaped teaspoon onto your blini base. Cut the cress and then sprinkle a little on top of the creamy beetroot. Your work here is done!Starter: Tomato & mozzarella with basilCut the tomato into quarters and remove the inners, leaving the fleshy outer. Set to one side.
Chop the mozzarella into chunks and set aside with the tomato
Starter: Cream cheese & chive with salmonAdd the cream cheese to a bowl. Using scissors cut the chives very finely into the bowl and mix together. Add a blob of the mixture to the blini pancakes