If you’re a father-to-be, there’s one thing that occurs to you as you drive down to the 24 hour garage at three in the morning – well, two actually.
The first is, just how much peanut butter and Marmite can one pregnant woman consume?
The second thing that occurs to you is that this little person growing inside her is hungry – very, very hungry. When it comes out, at some point you’re going to have to feed it, and your famous chicken & mushroom Pot Noodle with crisps, or leftover ‘Biryani De La Maison’ is maybe not going to cut it anymore.
Cooking Proper Food
There’s a real chance you may have to cook some proper stuff.
Luckily, there’s a grace period. Your baby will not be needing you to whip up a three course meal in the delivery room, so you have plenty of time to practise. In fact, it won’t be until around six months after the birth that your baby will need something a bit more solid.
My wife took care of everything food-wise for our little boy for the nine months before he was born and the six months after, so it seems only fair that I make some contribution now that I can. Don’t worry though, you can pick up maximum ‘dad points’ with the very minimum of effort.
When you first start to wean your baby, all they’ll need will be mushed up and pureed fruit and vegetables. Anyone can do it. Don’t believe me? Here’s some instructions for a first stage weaning recipe:
- Get banana
- Peel banana
- Put banana in bowl
- Mash banana with a fork
- Feed mushy banana to baby
You have now mastered your first baby meal. At first it’ll be a little too thick so you may have to smooth it out with (cooled down) boiled water or baby milk, but you get the idea.
How about trying a more complicated one that you actually have to cook?
Mushy Carrot or Parsnip
- Get carrot or parsnip
- Peel and chop up small
- Place in boiling water and seriously overcook
- Drain over a cup to keep some liquid
- Pour some liquid back into the vegetables and make a mash
That’s it! As a general rule, the younger the baby, the more you overcook your veg to get it as mushy as possible. As they get older you’ll want to cook the vegetables less, as they’ll be able to chew better and more of the nutrients will be saved.
Now for the best part. Am I right in thinking that you probably love cheese? Who doesn’t love cheese? Cheese is awesome! The great thing about cheese is that it’ll probably help create the first meal you can enjoy together. Kids don’t just love cheese, they actually NEED cheese!
Give this one a spin.
- 15g butter
- 1 tablespoon plain flour
- 150ml milk
- 50g cheddar cheese
- Put a pan on a low heat and melt the butter.
- When the butter’s melted chuck in the flour and stir to make a paste.
- After a minute, stir in the milk. Don’t let it boil but keep stirring until it’s hot and the mixture has thickened.
- Turn off the heat and then stir in the cheese.
- You’ve made yourself a cheese sauce!
This can be used with cauliflower, broccoli, peas, potatoes, fish, chicken… Let’s be honest, what meal isn’t made better by cheese? With your new skills you’ll be having cheese sauce on everything!
When they’re older you can even tip it over pasta and make them what will probably be their favourite meal for the next fifteen years, whilst you go quietly back to your Pot Noodle and last night’s curry.