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The Great Pouch Push

31 Dec

Or, Shit That Only Parents Could Possibly Give A Damn About, the Rafferty’s Edition

So I spend a fortune on those suckable pouch baby food things, Rafferty’s Garden or whatever brand’s sitting next to it on the shelf. There’s no substance to them, and the packaging is wasteful and blah blah. But they get eaten. And you don’t have to remember a spoon (I’m sorry who spoons them? Ridiculous what’s the point). Pretty much since The Little Berry started solids, I’ve been saying I should make my own and was promptly overwhelmed by brand choice. Anyway, Itti Bitti (they of the raver-esque fluffy fur cloth nappies), were having a sale on their version, Sinchies, so I finally bought a bunch on impulse. And then they sat in the cupboard for another couple of months and now here we are!

Yikes, I hope no journo’s read that intro. Apologies.

What this post should really be titled is Product Review: Sinchies Baby Food Pouches. Just pretend the above ramble doesn’t exist.



Here be the pouch. Clear which is great you can see/remember what you’ve put inside. I bought the little funnel that goes with, but next time I’m  going to chuck in a piping bag and pipe them full, much faster than waiting for gravity to do her thing.



Was a bit of a fiddle to work out exactly how full to make ’em so they’d close, but they do seem to zip up nice and tight. I made a strawberry and coconut creamed rice first off which I figure will make a good snack for both girls.



Ta da! Mother of the year award: ME. Next up is a pumpkin, quinoa, apple number. I’m aiming for crowd-pleasing but filling. Will report back on the reception.


Eat Your Greens: Dumplings

25 Jan

Over Christmas, believe it or not, we had a surplus of prawns (baffled me too, let me tell you). I got a bolt of inspiration and made them up into dumplings and they are a winner for The Berry (and for grown-ups too!)


So all I did was throw the prawns in the food processor with the green stuff I had in the fridge – some broccolini, cabbage, some garlic chives, ginger, garlic, with soy and shaoxing wine to stick it all together. My dumpling sticking technique is not fancy but it does the job., bit of water round the edge then pull opposite corners together and randomly squeeze sides together, working outwards from the middle. You want a good seal and minimal air inside.


I do a fry-then-steam method, so some oil in a small frying pan and really crowd them together. One turn, then a good splash of water and cover til the water evaporates off, less than 5 minutes. It gives the little beauties a kind of sticky glaze of yumminess.

Cut into halves to cool ’em down fast and feed to your toddler with some soy to dip. Happy days and much veggie consumption!


They also freeze really well, just put them in the pan frozen but make sure you steam for a bit longer.