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Monday 18 March, 2019

A Shout Out to Dads!

It isn’t easy, this crazy ride called parenting, no matter who you are. Once our babies start solids, it’s a whole new world of food, meal planning, recipe testing, mess cleaning, tantrums (theirs and ours), snacks, more snacks…and so much more responsibility. We’re in charge of the health of these little people! It’s pretty daunting, and it was the motivation behind my book, Food Babies Love: A Guide to Introducing Solids. I recently received a lovely note from a young dad who bought my book, and I wanted to share it with you:

‘My wife and I live by the recipes in this book and love the freezer containers. As a young father, it is one of the best investments we have made, as I’m not much of a cook, but I can cook the Cauliflower soup and the Broccoli soup with my eyes closed. This is because I have cooked it so many times and both my kids love it. Thanks for adding value to our experience as young parents.’ – Robert Conn

How awesome is that?! Thanks, Robert! I love hearing from all of you, but it really brought a smile to my face to hear from this dad. Among my Food Babies Love family, I have connected with some other awesome dads who deserve a mention here – Simon from @british_ dad_ in_ melbourne, and Casey from @jackanddadmelbourne. Guys, your support is amazing, and your passion for great kids’ food is an inspiration for both mums and dads everywhere. And here’s to the dads who are making memories in the kitchen, just like my dad did for me growing up. This is one of his recipes, Bick’s Muesli. My dad, otherwise known as ‘Bick’ by his grandkids, is so hands on, so helpful and so clever at making muesli. His recipe is in my book, but I wanted to share it with you all today.

So, go and check them out, give them a follow, and send a bit of cheer their way. 🙂

To my husband, to my own dad, to the partners, carers, friends, and anyone who is in a father-figure role and sharing the parenting load, I want to say THANK YOU. You are loved and appreciated. The working dads, the stay-at-home dads, the work-from-home dads, the single dads … whoever you are, the parenting journey is a challenge. A pretty amazing one!

Ingredients:

300 g rolled oats
50 g rice flakes
50 g barley
50 g triticale
50 g rye flakes
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup of slivered almonds
1-2 tablespoons honey (for bubs over one year)
1/2 cup sultanas or dried cranberries (or a mix of both)
Plain yoghurt and milk to serve

Process:

  1. Preheat the oven to 100 C.
  2. Combine all the ingredients, except the honey and dried fruit, in a large baking dish. Mix well.
  3. Warm the honey in the microwave to soften and drizzle over the muesli mix.
  4. Bake in the oven for 1-1/4 hours, stirring every 15 minutes.
  5. Remove and allow to cool. Either leave as is or whiz in a food processor if you want a finer texture.
  6. Mix in the dried fruit and store in an airtight container.
  7. Serve with plain yoghurt and a small amount of milk.
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