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River Cottage Baby and Toddler Cookbook by Nikki Duffy

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  • Lentils with onion & watercress

    • eeeve on August 02, 2018

      Quite nice, though it desperately needed some flavour and/or seasoning. Made without salt as was intended for the toddler, who loved it with rice mixed in! Might add a bit of mild curry powder next time. Also wasn’t too difficult or time consuming, which is a big factor in our toddler-dominated life at the moment. Made with rainbow chard leaves instead of watercress.

  • Blueberry pancakes

    • eeeve on July 30, 2017

      These drop scones were okay, albeit nothing spectacular. The husband and baby seemed very happy with them, though. I reduced the sugar to 15g and omitted the melted butter; the adults drizzled their pancakes with maple syrup, so it didn't matter that they weren't sweet at all.

  • Courgette polpette

    • eeeve on July 22, 2017

      These tasted so great we scoffed the whole lot in one go! It was slightly frustrating to see our seven-month-old tear the fritters to shreds, but she thoroughly enjoyed doing so. She seemed to like the bits that did end up in her mouth, too, so we'll make these again, as they're so simple and quick to prepare.

    • eeeve on July 27, 2017

      These are even better made with cheddar instead of mozzarella.

  • Pea risotto

    • eeeve on October 28, 2017

      I made this because our ten month old is still not too good with lumpy food, and I already expected her to push everything out of her mouth again, but lo and behold, she loved this and ate loads! Easy to make, a bit bland without the Parmesan (didn't put any in baby's portion), but great with lots grated in and over. Guess I'll be making it again since it was so popular!

  • Cheese & apple on toast

    • eeeve on November 01, 2017

      A simple, speedy, delicious snack (lunch, dinner) - and that's not just the baby's opinion!

  • Spaghetti squash

    • eeeve on August 21, 2017

      The first time we tried spaghetti squash and we liked it a lot. (The eight-month-old not so - not one strand went down!) We liked the simple preparation method (both roasting and dressing with olive oil and some seasoning), so will definitely try again, and who knows, baby might like it next time.

  • Helen's egg parcels

    • eeeve on July 31, 2017

      I liked the idea of making these - mini frittatas really - to use up leftover cooked fish, and added peas and beans instead of spinach and spring onions. The fish got a bit "lost" in the frittatas, and they were such a faff getting out of the mini muffin tins after baking. Plus the cleaning up took ages, too (well, relatively speaking when one doesn't have much time left due to a demanding baby!), that I doubt we'll make them again.

  • Blackberry muffins

    • eeeve on September 11, 2017

      These are great - we didn't miss the sugar at all (and I used even less than stated, 60g instead of 75g). I used strawberries and subbed rapeseed oil for the butter, and made them as mini muffins (so baby can grab them easily). Will definitely make these again, as they're nice for adults, too.

  • Spelt with leeks & squash

    • eeeve on September 12, 2018

      This is great - much like a risotto, but nuttier and not as creamy/stodgy. And it also needs less attention than a risotto, you can just let it get on with itself. Made this with pearl barley not spelt.

  • Spelt & apple stars

    • eeeve on November 08, 2018

      The dough's coming together quick and easy, though I found the end result rather bland - not much flavour. Definitely savoury rather than sweet. Once I'd added a tiny bit of icing, the biscuits even kind of grew on me. The toddler refused to eat them, though I can't see her liking them as they are. I might try and add a tiny bit of sugar and/or spices/flavouring next time.

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  • Tinned Tomatoes

    As the mother of three herself, Nikki was able to take the River Cottage ethos and combine it with her own common sense methods to come up with some great recipes and some very sound advice.

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  • ISBN 10 1408807564
  • ISBN 13 9781408807569
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  • Published May 03 2011
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 256
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
  • Imprint Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publishers Text

This book takes the sting out of teaching children to savour good food that's wholesome as well as delicious. It demands time and energy to cook individual meals for every member of the family, so Nikki Duffy offers the easy alternative of making tasty food that will appeal to young and old alike. She also devotes a section of the book to non-judgemental advice on hotly-debated topics such as breast feeding versus bottled milk, when to wean babies onto solid food, and how to ensure that your children have a balanced diet. Start the day with breakfasts like blueberry pancakes, apple muesli or eggy bread, followed by simple and delicious meals like fishcakes, meatballs, shepherd's pie, home-made pizza, falafel, mackerel pate, pea risotto or roasted fish with tomato sauce. Nice little puddings include baby baked apples with chocolate, rhubarb crumble and a classic rice pudding. With an introduction by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, The Baby and Toddler Cookbook brings the River Cottage ethos to child rearing. If you're looking for a tried and tested approach to feeding young children that won't break the bank and will appeal to everybody, then this is the book to reach for.

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