Luckily, this one’s only interested in milk for now.
Apologies for my long, long absence. Things have been a bit hectic since Milo arrived (on April Fools’ Day, no less), weighing 7lb 12oz and turning our world upside down in an instant.
Yes, that is my boob. I ummed and ahhed over whether it was an appropriate picture to post and then I thought, do you know what, this is a blog about feeding babies. This is a picture of me, feeding my baby. Therefore, it is appropriate. So, let’s move on.
While Milo’s fairly easy to please at the moment, poor Clementine has had to put up with fairly substandard fare of late. I start the day with good intentions, then suddenly it’s five to 5 and I’m reaching for the beans on toast / fish fingers / cream cheese / something egg based yet again.
But tonight, as I realised I used the last of the fish fingers yesterday, and she’d had beans for 2 days out of the past 3, and with Clemmie thrusting the spaghetti at me, I was forced to think on my feet. And then I remembered this little dish from my childhood (I’m not actually sure I’ve ever eaten proper carbonara. This is always what passed for it as I was growing up.)
Mum’s quick pasta carbonara
Serves 1 toddler
- 1 serving of any pasta of your choice
- a handful of frozen vegetables (I’ve only really embraced these in late pregnancy / now – they’re amazing!)
- 1 egg
- 1 slice of ham (you could always use bacon, or omit this for a vegetarian version)
- A little grated cheese (optional – unless you’re feeding Clemmie, who doesn’t count it as a meal if cheese doesn’t factor somewhere)
- Put the pasta on to cook in boiling water.
- At the appropriate time interval, add the frozen veg.
- Once pasta & veg are cooked, drain them and return them to the pan.
- Beat the egg and add to the pasta & veg. Mix together over a low heat until the egg is cooked.
- Cut the ham into small pieces and mix into the pasta/veg/egg.
- Put on a plate and top with the grated cheese.
- Watch toddler turn her nose up at it and remember you were never that keen on it either (only joking Mum!).
Mum’s Quick Pasta Carbonara – the ratings
from nothing to table – 10 minutes – 5/5 (you could do it in 6, using quick cook pasta. It’s seriously quick.)
ease of preparing/cooking – 5/5
Clementine approval – 2/5 (the ham and grated cheese all went very quickly. She had a good go at the veg. Usually she loves spaghetti but either she wasn’t that hungry or the egg coating put her off.)
clean up time – 2 minutes – 4/5
total score – 16/20 – there’s no doubt this is quick, easy, and not too messy. Bit pointless if the toddler won’t eat it though.
Poor Clemmie has the pox, hence the spots and unwillingness to wear clothes. Along with lots of ugly red spots, it also seems to have given her a huge appetite though – she’s barely stopped eating since it announced itself on Monday.