I can’t believe our baby Iolo is six months old! The last couple of weeks have been a real landmark – as he’s exploring the world of food.
After a couple of half-ditch attempts at mashed banana, his first real culinary joy came in the form of a piece of melon, which he gripped onto, chewed, sucked and thoroughly enjoyed.
Since Christmas his enthusiasm and confidence for eating his steadily grown. Each meal time now begins with the munching of a small piece of bread, while I get the rest of the food ready.
Iolo has loved having lots of fruit and vegetable purée, mixed with baby rice or porridge. Combinations have included: mango, stewed apple with breast milk, potato and broccoli, parsnip and apple, carrot and courgette…
He enjoys being fed a small bowl of puree, while experimenting with holding and gumming batons of soft vegetables, such as potato, carrot, pepper and courgette. Iolo has even been giving cubes of firm tofu a good go!
I decided I wanted breakfast and lunchtime to become a family thing – where he eats the same as we do and learns to enjoy his food. So yesterday I made soup that doubled up and purée which fed three of us. The main difference is, I didn’t use any stock (because of its salt content) and the seasoned our portions separately afterwards.
Leek, Potato and Rosemary Soup
Serves 2 adults plus baby
Preparation/cooking time 20 mins
1 tbsp mild olive oil or veg oil
½ onion, chopped
1 leek, chopped
2 medium/large white potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 sprig rosemary, chopped
200ml/7 fl oz water
200ml/7 fl oz soya milk (or another 200ml water)
Salt and pepper to taste (add after baby portion is served)
Optional: sprinkling of nutritional yeast flakes
1. Fry onion and leek in the olive oil in a medium-sized saucepan, until they are soft.
2. Add in the cubes of potato and rosemary and stir with a wooden spoon.
3. Pour in 200ml of water, bring the pan to the boil, then turn down to simmer and cover for 15 mins, until the potato is soft.
4. Stir in the second 200ml or water or soya milk, then blend with a stick blender until smooth.
5. Add more liquid if the soup is still a bit thick. Serve out a small portion for your baby.
6. Season the remainder of the soup and serve with bread.