Before I start this post I would like to get something off my mind that has been milling around for a while..'mumpertition'.
I had witnessed mums being competitive about their children's skills and progress whilst I was pregnant, I always found it funny and was so sure it would be nothing I would have anything to do with ever once Wilf was born.
It is natural to be proud of your children, to be amazed at the new skills they have learnt and to share this with the people you love. I do this publicly ever month with my 'Wilf at __ months' posts, 'Wilf now rolls over, sits up, crawls..etc' (which makes him sound a little like a trained dog now I write that down!). I don't consider that to be 'boasting' and I hope it is taken as I write it just simply a record of my baby's new found skills to look back on and reminisce, sure I am very proud of Wilf but I would be proud of his ability to 'roll over' whether he did it at three months or six months.
However I feel like I experience 'mumpertition' on a daily basis and its something that leaves a bad feeling with me and something I dont want to be drawn into.
I've seen friends gossip about each others babies abilities and bitch about a slow starter, and it makes me feel depressed to be honest. Truly I am pleased for my friends who's babies sleep well just as I am pleased for my friends who's babies learnt a new skill (at whatever age or stage) but when it tips over to mumpertition I want no part of it.
SO I know eating is often a subject of stress for many and also one used to compete with other parents. When I thought about introducing Wilf to food I was very much prepared for him not to care about it too much. I even read about the benefits of delaying introducing solids until 7 or 8 months and so was very prepared to do this if he didn't seem interested. But instead Wilf has enjoying pretty much everything we offer him with gusto.
I know my mum was really surprised to see him gobble down (baby friendly) quiches and frittata when she was visiting!
My point of the above was, I am sharing some of the things we make Wilf in the hope of it being on interest to other parents cooking for young children but not with the intention of boasting about how well or how much he eats. That being said I am including some full bowls/empty bowls as I find it both interesting from my point of view and aesthetically pleasing!
These food diary posts have also been inspired by my friends blog (go check her out)
OK OK you are probably thinking, all the above just to post about how to make pesto?? But hey I didn't know how to make it before so I'm guessing/hoping someone out there was in the same boat as me.
makes 200ml (enough for three people)
50g pine nuts or breadcrumbs
50g bunch of basil leaves
1 garlic clove
35g parmesan or other hard cheese (we used a hard goats cheese)
100ml of extra virgin olive oil
a squeeze of lemon juice
a little pepper
Preheat the oven to 180c/gas 4 spread the pine nuts or breadcrumbs on a tray and toast them for 5-10minutes, leave to cool (we used have pine nuts half breadcrumbs)
Put the pine nuts/breadcrumbs into a food processor (or whizz it with a hand whizzer thing) along with the basil, garlic and cheese. Blitz to a paste then slowly pour in the oil until you have a think sloppy puree.
Scrape the pesto out into a bowl and season with the lemon and pepper. This will keep for a few days in the fridge.
(if you have a baby like Wilf you will have to do the whizzing when he is not in the room otherwise he finds the noise scary and cries)
cook 'some' spaghetti..and you are done, simples...yum (i forgot to show how much Wilf ate but it was quite a bit..and quite a bit for our fat cat on the floor)
Tom and I added goats cheese (and a little salt) to ours after we had served it outThis recicipe was from the River Cottage baby and toddler cook book