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    So after my last non food post going down so well I thought I would continue to do them now and again. We recently moved house so I wanted to share some pictures of Abels new bedroom. It was so exciting to start from scratch again as his last bedroom was done very gender neutral. Now, […]

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  • chicken with creamy bacon pasta recipe

    chicken with creamy bacon pasta
    Serves 3
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    1. 1 tbsp olive oil
    2. 2/3 chicken breasts (whole or sliced up)
    3. 100g chopped bacon
    4. 5 tablespoons white wine*
    5. 100g frozen peas
    6. 6 tablespoons double cream
    7. 150g dried pasta
    1. Heat the oil in a frying pan then add the chicken and bacon. Leave to cook over a high heat for 4 minutes.
    2. Meanwhile put your pasta on to boil in a pot.
    3. Turn the chicken over in the pan and stir the bacon up.
    4. Pour in the wine and let it bubble over a high heat until it has virtually evaporated.
    5. Now add the peas, the cream and pasta when cooked then stir.
    6. Cook for 4/5 minutes more until the chicken is cooked all the way through.
    7. Serve!
    1. *You could use a little chicken broth instead of the wine if you are making this for younger babies or just don't want to add it.
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  • cottage pie recipe

    cottage pie
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    1. 500g beef mince
    2. 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
    3. 4 carrots, peeled and chopped (2 diced, 2 into chunks)
    4. 1 or 2 handfuls frozen peas
    5. 2 tablespoons plain flour
    6. 500ml beef stock
    7. 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    8. 1 tablespoon tomato puree
    9. black pepper
    10. 500g potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
    11. a knob of butter
    1. Heat a pan and add the mince. Fry for 6 mins, stirring occasionally, until browned.
    2. Add the onion and diced carrots and cook for a further 2 mins. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 min.
    3. Add the stock to the pan, stirring, then add the Worcestershire sauce and tomato puree. Season with black pepper. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10-15mins, removing the lid for the final 5 mins and adding the peas.
    4. Meanwhile, cook the potatoes and chunks of carrots in a large pan of water for 15 mins or until both are soft. Drain well then mash with the butter. Season with black pepper. Cover and set to one side.
    5. Spoon the mince into a large shallow dish, then top with the carrot and potato mash, smoothing the surface. Place under a preheated grill for 4-5mins or until the top is golden brown.
    6. Serve!
    Adapted from Jamie Oliver
    Adapted from Jamie Oliver
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  • tomato sausage pasta recipe

    tomato sausage pasta
    Serves 4
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    1. 6 sausages
    2. 1 finely chopped onion
    3. 400g tin chopped tomatoes
    4. 350g pasta
    5. 1 garlic clove
    6. 1 tablespoon red pesto
    7. 1 teaspoon oregano
    8. olive oil
    9. black pepper to season
    1. Fry sausages until brown and cooked through. Remove from pan and cut into pieces.
    2. Add chopped onions to pan and fry.
    3. Once the onions have cooked a bit add in the sausage along with the garlic, tomatoes and oregano and simmer for around 10 minutes.
    4. Meanwhile cook the pasta in a seperate pot.
    5. When the sauce has thickened slightly add the pesto and stir.
    6. Drain the cooked pasta then add in the sauce to the pot and season.
    7. Stir then serve!
    1. Add chilli flakes or powder to the adult portion for an extra kick!
    2. Remove skin from sausage for younger babies or if you feel better doing that anyway.
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  • chilli con carne recipe

    chilli con carne
    Serves 4
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    1. 500g beef mince
    2. 400g tin chopped tomatoes
    3. up to 400g red kidney beans
    4. 2 tablespoons tomato puree
    5. 1 diced onion
    6. 1 teaspoon paprika
    7. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    8. 1/2 or 1 teaspoon of chilli powder (I used 1 and it wasn't spicy at all but for younger babies I would be safe with 1/2 or none)
    9. 1/2 teaspoon oregano
    10. 1 beef stock cube
    11. 2 garlic cloves.
    12. black pepper to season
    13. oil
    1. Heat a little oil in a pot then add the onions.
    2. Cook onions until soft then add all the herbs/spices and crush the garlic, mix well.
    3. Add the mince and break it all up.
    4. When mince is browned add the tomato puree, tinned tomatoes and stock cube.
    5. Add in the beans and simmer until all thick and cooked.
    6. Season then serve!
    1. You can always add some yoghurt or sour cream to your little ones portion if you feel it needs it.
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