Little Bow Girl

Wife, Mama to Sophie Rose, Full Time Day Dreamer

This week’s BLW recipe of the week is Basil Sweetcorn Carrot Fritters!

So me making fritters for Sophie Rose is nothing new, but this time around, I’m starting to introduce more herbs and spices to help her develop a more adventurous palate.

October saw the use of cinnamon which she accepted and liked quite easily, and this month it’s basil πŸ™‚

Why Basil?

  1. It’s very iron-rich. Babies need quite a lot of iron in their diet. Since Sophie-doll is on Step 2 Bellamy formula, which is less iron fortified than the first step, we’ve started introducing more iron-rich foods like spinach, amaranth and now, basil into her diet πŸ™‚
  2. Anti-anxiety. Basil leaves release an oil when crushed which is soothing and promotes calm in us.
  3. Delicious – sweet basil adds great flavour and fragrance to most foods without us having to add salt, sugar or too much butter πŸ™‚
  4. Easy to use – just blend into fritter batter, or make into a baby-friendly pesto!

We had some sweet basil leaves in our fridge, so I whipped up breakfast veggie fritters for Sophie. I would love to say that I used fresh veg, but it’s just not practical for me because we hardly eat at home and so much of the produce we buy goes to waste when Sophie is on a hunger strike.

So we buy steamed and flash-frozen veggie packs from Watties πŸ™‚ This one was the sweetcorn, carrots and broccoli veggie packs. Super handy and easy to prepare – just two minutes in the microwave oven on high. πŸ™‚

Here’s the recipe:

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Ingredients (makes 8-9 small fritters)

40 g whole wheat flour

1 pinch baking powder

1 fresh organic egg

1 packet mixed veggie (about 250g of mixed sweetcorn and carrots)

4 sweet basil leaves

1 tbsp chopped shallots

1 tbsp olive oil or sunflower oil for pan-frying.

Method:

Microwave the veggies till hot.

In the meantime, put egg, flour, baking powder, basil, shallots into food processor.

Add veggies and blend.

Heat pan to medium heat, oil it evenly.

Scoop one tablespoon of batter, cook on each side for about 4 minutes.

Serve!

(They freeze awesome so you can freeze them and keep them to toast for a quick baby breakfast another day. I eat mine with sweet chilli and kewpie mayo)

Sophie-doll enjoyed them quite a lot !

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I do notice however that these days she seems hell bent on smashing everything into a mess before she feeds herself. Maybe it’s because she’s going through a mental and physical leap again (when are they not leaping, can someone enlighten me?) but she seems to be more interested in the sensory aspect of eating rather than the actual eating – it’s almost like an afterthought to her now 😦

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Thankfully, we got about 2 fritters in for her, along with half a box of veg and fruit juice and a bit of water πŸ™‚

I’d also like to share a few activities we’ve been doing to entertain Sophie in the mornings when we are both at home, like on the weekend πŸ™‚

1) LUSH Bath Bombs

We’ve been using bath bombs to make bath time a little more fun for Sophie since she suddenly decided she hated to be bathed and also screams every time water comes near her face.

Here’s the one we’ve tried:

LUSH Candy Mountain

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Description: You’re in for a sweet holiday treat with Candy Mountain! With the delicious cotton candy scent of our popular Rock Star soap and a sparkly pink luster, this bubbler will turn bathtime into a warm, magical experience. Pink and pearly white, we’ve mixed in snowflake luster to add a touch of magic glimmer to the water. Crumble running water and watch as a mountain of fragrant vanilla bubbles rise. We think this is one sweet treat you won’t soon forget!

Sophie wasn’t too hot about it at first but once she realized the bubbles were fun and for playing she really got into it and started laughing and giggling and flinging them every where! They made such yummy smelling pink sparkly bubbles! So much fun that even her Daddy got in on it and made her a bubble “beard”.

And the one we want to try next !

LUSH Ickle Baby Bot

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Description: A gentle lavender bath bomb to relax children before bedtime. This is a bath bomb designed to look after young children’s delicate skin, and is so gentle it’s suitable for babies over six months. Its aromatherapy oils also work to soothe irritable cherubs before bedtime. Lavender is a calming aromatherapy oil, used in traditional medicine to treat skin irritations, sunburn and insect bites

It sounds so good and may just be the perfect before-bedtime activity !

2) Preparing Sophie for Christmas !

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Christmas is big in our family and this year, we are spending two weeks in Hong Kong with my parents and siblings. I miss them so crazily much that sometimes I get emotional wrapping presents and wish I could just fly right over. I never thought it would be so hard to raise a baby without having my Mom and Dad around to give me emotional support. It really does take a village. But I am determined to make the best of the situation anyway, and it’s just temporary – we’ll all be together soon!

Here’s how we are getting Sophie excited about Christmas :

Christmas books: We bought a few books about Jesus’ birth, the Little Miss Christmas book too to give her an idea of what it’s all about (although obviously she does not understand. She just think’s its funny to have a bubble-beard)

Christmas carols: Love this! Every morning now we’ve got a Christmas CD on repeat with classics like Baby it’s Cold Outside, Tidings of Comfort and Joy, Winter Wonderland, Blue Christmas, etc and we’ll blast the aircon and put winter clothes on her (case in point above) while singing and dancing like mad people around the room.

I’m also involving her in Christmas present wrapping although all she seems to want to do is rip up the paper and eat it.

Less than a month to go can’t wait πŸ™‚

xx

Libby

(P/S Inspired by the very hardworking and lovely Lady J, I will soon be posting the Tula post you Mamas keep asking for. I’m sorry it’s taking sooo long)

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