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Stock Ness Gammonster Foodimal

Tots 100 are running a fantastic competition to win a £500 Sony home cinema system to celebrate the release of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. All you have to do is get the kids involved and come up with your own Foodimal (or animal made of food).

I thought this sounded like great fun as Lewis is at an age where he can be quite picky about his food.

After a lot of thinking we came up with the idea of The Stock Ness Gammonster.

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Is your baby hungry?

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As a parent one of the hardest things is when people in a position of authority give conflicting advice.

I’m sure everyone in the UK is aware that the recommended age for weaning (in the UK this means starting solids) is 6 months. Professionals are resolute that this is the optimum time to introduce your baby to foods (unless they advise you otherwise on medical grounds). However, when the advice was 4-6 months, I’m confident that the professionals were certain that anywhere in this range was a suitable time.

I understand that research progresses our knowledge and the government don’t make recommendations without giving the facts due consideration, however I feel that these strict guidelines are just another way of pressurising parents. And if you don’t manage to wait till 6 months then, ‘Tut Tut, don’t you want to give your baby the best start in life?’

I weaned both my boys at around 5 months. I actually tried the second one at 4 months but he wasn’t interested at that time (I was hoping it might help with the colicky symptoms he displays in the evenings). So that leads me to wonder…

Does it even matter? Wouldn’t your baby let you know if they weren’t happy? Isn’t that why lots of people do wean early? I doubt anyone out there is force feeding a baby who doesn’t enjoy food.

I don’t have the answers. I’m just not entirely convinced that the Doctor’s and Health Visitors do either!

Did you wean your baby ‘early’, and if so do you feel guilty about it?   I love reading your comments and reply to as many as I can.

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Cheat’s Homemade Pizza

In my youth I had a job working in an independent pizzeria, and when I left, my troubles began. At work I was able to design a pizza exactly as I liked it. The right amount of sauce, toppings and cheese were crucial to my enjoyment. After I left (and moved to a different country) I couldn’t get a pizza to please me.. and believe you me, I tried!

Shop bought ones don’t have enough topping, pizzeria chains just don’t float my boat (some of them taste more like cardboard than pizza) and I’ve never cooked with yeast before so I was too nervous about trying to make my own base.

Then one day, quite accidently, I made a cheat’s homemade pizza using plain Naan bread as the base. I must have been low on food as the only thing I had for sauce was tomato puree, and I think the only topping I had was cheese.

It was gorgeous!

Normally tomato puree is too tangy on its own, but it balanced out beautifully with the naan bread. I’m actually convinced a pizza sauce wouldn’t be as nice, and as I think my cheat’s pizza’s are already perfect I have no intention of trying!

The beauty of this discovery is of course that you can tailor the toppings to your own personal taste, and as naan bread is readily available in different sizes it’s easy to make one without having lots of leftovers!

Just use small naans for small appetites and large naans for larger appetites. In additional, naan bread freezes really well so if you keep some in the freezer it’s a really easy tasty snack for any unexpected play-dates. Just microwave on the defrost setting for 10 second blasts until they have thawed.

As per the pack instructions I always sprinkle a little water on my naan bread, then spread on some tomato puree and add my toppings. Cook in the oven at 180degrees for 10-15 minutes and bingo! Delicious served with a side salad, or simply on it’s own.

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Cheat’s Homemade Pizza

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