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Thursday, June 09, 2011

Baby Food Recipe

My Julien has grown to become an active 9-month old baby boy who cannot sit still for a minute.

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He wriggles, flips and turns endlessly, tries to stand all the time, zooms around the house in his lean mean walker machine…

As such, feeding him well to fuel his energy is priority!

When Julien first started out on solids, I made lots of purees for him. But now, he has advanced.

Here, I would like to share a simple, easy-to-cook porridge recipe that my mother-in-law taught me and that Julien loves. I know it can be a headache for every mother to crack their brains and think up of a variety of nutritious meals to feed their toothless babes everyday.

Ingredients:

1 soup spoonful of rice

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1 clove of garlic

(Said to get rid of wind. It adds a wonderful fragrance to the porridge too)

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Half a palm size stalk of broccoli

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A slightly-smaller-than-palm size piece of lean pork (to be sliced)

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Half a palm size piece of pumpkin, sliced

(Julien’s and my favorite ingredient!)

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Diced baby carrots

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No seasoning please!

Lay these ingredients in a small pot. I used a clay pot that is very cheap and available at pasar malams and neighbourhood shops that sells homewares.

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Add enough water to cover all the ingredients. IMG_1821

Steam it in a pot on medium fire for about 10 minutes or until you hear the claypot ‘shake’ and then another 35 minutes on low fire.

Yes, 45 minutes is all it takes for a perfect porridge to be cooked. You may want to add a abit more hot water into the porridge if your baby prefers something more watery.

After the porridge is cooked, I would pick out (and eat up) the meat and garlic. I will mash up the pumpkin, carrot and broccoli as well as the rest of the porridge to make it easier for my boy to eat. IMG_1823

Other variations:

You may use beef instead of pork for an even more flavorful porridge. Other meat alternatives are frog legs and boneless fish (can be mashed into the porridge for baby to eat).

Instead of using broccoli, I do also get a few green leaves eg: spinach, chop it finely to be cooked.

Hope your baby enjoys this simple, fuss-free and nutritious meal as much as Julien does.

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A full, satisfied and sleepy Julien. :)

Mums, do you have other recipes to share?

6 comments:

San said...

Thanks for the recipe... my turn starting in a few months' and my memory's SHOT about what to cook. Hahaha!

Anonymous said...

Thank u for this cool receipe! My boy just turned 6 mths n we just started him on rice cereal n purees. Next time will try ur receipe! Btw do u leave the skin on the garlic when u cook? If no skin will the garlic 'disappear' into the porridge?

Oh yeah I saw u at Taime warehouse sale! Paiseh to approach u cos u were busy looking at the playpens lol! Next time if u see u again I'll go say hi to u! Am ur reader eversince Julien was born!

Jerb said...

San: Yeah man. It's starting all over again for u! :)

Anonymous: Glad u find this recipe useful! Yes, you can leave the skin of the garlic on. Throw the entire clove away after the porridge is cooked.

Thanks for reading my blog! :)

Xia said...

Aunty Liying suggested this method to me too, she called this, "炖粥"... Haha!

Jerb said...

Xia: Exactly! It's like cooking soup. :)

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